Some people use stars or numbers to indicate their enjoyment with a restaurant, but for me, it’s the memories that matter. Note that the best restaurants are those which leave a gastronomic memory so vivid that it arouses a constant desire to revisit the same table.
In this category, Chef Emmanuel Renaut’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant, Les Flocons de Sel à Megève, is one of my favorites, which is why I wanted so much to take a break in Chamonix when I learned that this brilliant Alpine chef had taken over the legendary Auberge du Bois Prin there. This former inn with 12 rooms, all with stunning views of Mont-Blanc, opened in 1976 and was in need of loving care. Kristine Renaut oversaw the hotel’s renovation, while Emmanuel created a menu for his restaurant. Arriving late on a fall afternoon, the view of the famous mountain was spectacularly beautiful, framed by the greenery of the rolling valley leading to the legendary summit, and the fresh air after sunset sharpened the appetites released from a summer spent in the cicada. scorching heat in a village on the outskirts of Uzès.
Unlike the dazzling and inventive cuisine of Renaut in Megève, his menu boils down here to contemporary comfort food from sophisticated altitude, or exactly those dishes that you will want to eat after a day of hiking or hitting the slopes, depending on the season, of course. For my part, I love the Alps during the summer, when they are less crowded and stunningly beautiful, their blanket of snow replaced by meadows filled with wild flowers.
Ravioli appetizers stuffed with goat cheese in a homemade vegetable broth and a succulent pie were intensely satisfying, as were the main courses of free range chicken cooked with almonds and juniper berries and char, a delicate fish from the local lakes, with roasted cabbage and a herb Juice. A mint frosted chocolate ganache with a sable crust and a baba at the chartreuse (sponge cake sprinkled with invigorating herbal liqueur made by monks near Grenoble) with lemon whipped cream were exceptional, and the fresh mountain air offered the perfect excuse to have a little Chartreuse on the deck at l ‘outside after dinner and enjoying the full moon polishing the snow on Mont Blanc.
69 Chemin de l’Hermine,
Phone. (33) 04 50 53 33 51,
Fixed price lunch menu € 35, dinner menu € 65
From France Today magazine