Michelin starred mountains

Posted by Emily Mayne 28th February 2013

I have a season to do list. I make one every time I do a season. Learn to snowboard, do a 360 and some other tasks I will sufficiently ignore. But one I have managed to tick off is “go to a Michelin starred restaurant”. And better than this, I have sampled 3 of the 6 (I think 6?!) Michelin starred venues in the 3 Valleys; Azimut in Le Praz, La Bouitte in St Martin and Le Farcon in La Tania.

Reasonably priced set menus

La Bouitte was a generous invitation from guests and would otherwise not on the chalet girl budget, but both Azimut and Le Farcon have set menus that are perfectly reasonable for seasonaires and punters alike. La Bouitte’s cheapest lunch menu is 99 euros for 3 courses, and despite the scary price tag, offers one of the best dining experiences possible in my opinion. Beautiful dishes served by gracious staff in a modern Savoie setting. A lunch to remember. Next on the list is to go for the 10 course tasting set menu – perhaps to be differed until the days I am no longer scrubbing chalet floors!

Beautiful food at mountain restaurant

(Steak with tartare and mini chips at La Bouitte)


Great value fine dining

Azimut does set menus for dinner that are either 31, 41 or 61 euros. Dishes like foie gras with passion fruit and pineapple are a certain winner. Great value fine dining with lots of interim courses thrown in and one of the best looking cheese boards I have seen in the Alps!
Finally, last week I went to Le Farcon in La Tania for the pig day. A menu designed around using as much of the pig as possible (the set menu is 45 euros) Alas, pig day this season is Thursday and we booked in for the Friday. School boy error on our part. Well it turns out we did not have to worry, the lunch menu is delightfully priced at 32 euros for 3 courses and an amuse bouche. Reasonably priced wine accompanies this to make for a spectacular lunch for and 45 euros per person. Highlights here was the dessert; Vietnam inspired coconut emulsion with pineapple and banana. The flowery written menu is also hilarious… Or perhaps I’m just a bit immature!

Poached egg
Next on my Michelin list is L’Oxalays in Val Thorens. Eating ones way through the 3 Valleys is a tough job, but someone’s got to do it!


About the author

Emily Mayne: Having lived in London for the past 18 months trying to tackle serious questions about my future, I have put my Philosophy degree to good use and determined that as life is the longest thing you'll ever do, you might as well do something that makes you happy. With this in mind, I am returning to scrub porcelain thrones and pour far too much wine for the lovely guests at Fish & Pips in Meribel. Priorities this year include getting better technique off piste, putting aside some proper time for snowboarding and keeping my bar tab less than my wages. I'll keep you posted....

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