The Best Michelin Restaurants in the French Alps
The absolute peak of perfection when it comes to dining in the French Alps. Chef Emmanual Renaut who was awarded the “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” in 2004, has created a beautifully imaginative menu with uniquely alpine touches in a charming setting. For a Michelin restaurant with 3 stars the set menus are fantastic value and the venture has also expanded to include accommodation, a spa, cooking lessons and a smaller sister restaurant in the centre of town serving simpler, though just as delicious meals.
Father and son team René and Maxime Meilleur have created a beautifully rustic restaurant with stunning views which has become the must-visit restaurant for foodies visiting the Three Valleys. The self-trained duo were named “Chefs of the Year 2015” after the restaurant received its third star. Creating unforgettable interpretations of Savoyard classics using local ingredients, the entire dining experience is one that you cannot fault and should not be missed by anyone.
Though Chamonix may be known for its thrill-chasing lifestyle more than its luxury atmosphere and fine dining, the Restaurant Albert 1er has excelled at serving those looking for a more luxury food experience. Serving simple yet modernised local cuisine, Chef Pierre Maillet is the 5th generation Maillet to run the restaurant and has created a beautiful menu which does not disappoint. The sommelier, Marc-Henri Mialon, has developed one of the finest wine cellars in the region with a collection of over 20,000 bottles. The set menus are fantastic value for the quality and if you are a wine-lover, the monthly wine-tasting lunches are a must-do.
Walk inside L’Atelier d’Edmond and you may feel as though you have stepped back in time. More mountain-refuge than Michelin-restaurant, the interior of the rustic chalet could be mistaken for an old-fashioned carpenters workshop thanks to the oil lamps and tools hanging up on the walls. In complete contrast to your surroundings, Chef Benoit Vidal’s menu is completely contemporary and daring. Savoyard ingredients are infused with alpine flavours such as hay and pine and combined with Mediterranean influences to create completely original dishes that are a delight to the palate. For those looking for a more simple meal, there is a more affordable restaurant on the ground floor, The Bistrot Gourmand, which has Michelin’s Bob Gourmand award for its excellent value.
Marc Veyrat is a legend in the gastronomic world. A passionate forager of wild plants (before it became popular) and genius when it comes to molecular gastronomy, he once held 6 Michelin stars and was the first chef to receive the 20/20 Gault-Millau rating and it is easy to see why. His recently re-opened restaurant has just received its third Michelin star and the entire dining experience is worth every single euro. Home grown wildflowers, herbs and plants feature heavily on the menu, and if you are staying the night the breakfast you are served is provided by the cows and chickens living on the ground floor of the main chalet. The chef himself usually comes out to talk you through the flavours (eyes closed of course) so that you may truly sense what he is trying to achieve. A once in a lifetime experience that cannot be missed if food is your passion.
Although Courchevel is famous for the number of Michelin-starred restaurants, Le 1947 is the only one which has been awarded the elusive three stars, and with Yannick Alleno at the helm how could it not? Voted France’s best chef in 2008, dining at one of his restaurants is an unforgettable experience. The combination of his flawless technique, ability to blend flavours and research on fermentation techniques to create unique flavours have made this one of the most phenomenal gastronomic experiences in the mountains. The restaurant seats a maximum of 25 guests each evening, allowing for the utmost detail to be given to each individual dish. Only open in winter, it is a must-do if you are in Courchevel!
Our Local Favourites
L’Ourson, La Clusaz and La Remise, Chamonix.
Whilst these little restaurants don’t have a star (yet), eating at them is a sublime experience.
Walk into L’Ourson and you might be forgiven for thinking that you were about to sit down to another Savoyard cheese experience of fondue and raclette, but as soon as the amuse bouche comes out you will discover that this tiny hole-in-the-wall has some of the finest food La Clusaz has to offer, its just that the folks at Michelin haven’t discovered them yet.
La Remise in Chamonix is without a doubt one of the finest restaurants we have ever had the pleasure of eating in. Husband and wife team John and Morgane Hartstone have created a restaurant with all the best aspects of a fine dining restaurant in a relaxed and welcoming setting. The menu, created by John is exquisite and uses the finest local ingredients whilst combining traditional French techniques with modern British flairs. An unbeatable dining experience and undoubtedly the best steak in the Valley, we recommend heading to La Remise as this fantastic place won’t remain a secret for long!
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