Stylish decor and from the first moment you enter, you have the feeling you have entered a posh establishment. Unfortunately, my first impression with the complimentary canapes was not very good. The first we called "nothing with a bit thicker nothing". Oyster okay, pastry fine. Then there's some kind of whipped something with salmon infusion and red caviar. Living in Russia I have eaten through my share of black caviar, so a few bits of red caviar won't impress me. Also, what's great about caviar is that it's lacking the typical fishy flavour and the main taste that registers with you is savoury with a hint of salt. So why spoil it with the taste of fish?
I had a menu which included a starter, two small mains and a selection from cheese and dessert trolley, so I avoided the insanely priced 50 and 60 euros starters. Moving on to my starter, red and green asparagus with two Parmesan shavings and a bit of crunchy ham and some gnocchi, I wasn't impressed. It lacked the taste that makes you want to eat and keep eating. (I fondly remembered the goat cheese tagliatelle from Le Panier de 4 Saisons that did just that for me for 13 euros the previous evening.) The fish was nice, but once again, quite a plain flavour, I think it was cod or something similiar, nothing fancy. Finally moving on to my veal, now that was a lovely medium soft and delicious piece of meat. Served with small carrots, leek and spinach, I missed some nice sauce that would have enhanced the taste. Then came the cheeses, which I passed and gave them to my husband as I was already full by that time. I managed to try the dessert, floating island, that was delicious, as well as the small bites that came by the end. My husband and father-in-law had lamb's leg with white beans that they really enjoyed, saying it was delicious.
Overall, if you want to have a good deal, go for some pre-set menus. I don't think the starters for 50-60 euros are worth the price you pay for them. Overall it was too long and we were tired and ready to go, but then there was the small dessert, etc. Also, I felt the service around our table to be a bit chaotic, I understand there was a sommelier to suggest and serve us our wine, but apart from that four different staff members rotated around our table. The bill couldn't have arrived faster.
So I wouldn't say this was the best meal I've ever had and I find it a bit overpriced for, maybe not the quality of food, but its taste, which I just didn't find succulent enough. If you don't mind your dinner lasting three to four hours, by all means go, but I would rather recommend Le Bistrot when looking for a fine dining in Chamonix.
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