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“A welcome change from the usual Savoyard fare!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of L'Atelier

L'Atelier
Hotel Le Samoyede | 9 Place de l'Office de Tourisme, 74110 Morzine, France
+33 4 50 79 00 79
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Ranked #27 of 137 Restaurants in Morzine
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: Morzine Restaurant L'Atelier welcomes you for a privileged moment Talented young chef at L'Atelier, his Morzine restaurant, Alexandre Baud-Pachon makes you understand that the mountain gastronomy is not only limited to processed cheese. Inspired by the spices and the local produce, such as whitefish or crayfish from Lake Geneva, he did not hesitate to venture beyond the alps to offer its specialty: lobster ravioli flavored with ginger. Lobster in Morzine restaurants? And sisteron lamb crusted with parsley, the piglet laquered and a flowing chocolate Caribbean pure Bourbon vanilla... Briefly, a festival of flavors for a seasonal menu and a fine dining in this Morzine restaurant. The wine cellar, diverse and specialised, comprises 200 labels and over 10,000 bottles. There you can find a wonderful representation of French vineyards. The summer garden offers a pleasant setting for lunch or dinner at the back of the hotel with a lovely view of the surrounding alpine mountains. Chef Alexandre Elegance and refinement in the heart of Morzine..... In charge of the kitchen, Alexandre Baud-Pachon, originally from Morzine, has been taught by the greats: "Les Pres d'Eugenie" with Michel Guerard, "Le Chat Botte" in Geneva, "Le Bateau Ivre" with Jean Pierre Jacob in Bourget du Lac and in Courchevel. Since his return home in 2001, he has offered fine dining geared towards nature, the region and flavour. The cuisine offered by Alexandre Baud-Pachon comprises a harmony of flavours, both developed yet at the same time purified. In 2004, he launched "The Workshop" (L'Atelier), a space newly created where gastronomy and the architecture of the mountains come together to offer you the chance to spend some pleasant time enjoying the creations from his ever changing menu which delight your eyes and your taste buds.
Haslemere, United Kingdom
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“A welcome change from the usual Savoyard fare!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

This was our second trip to L'Atelier (first trip a while ago now, 2011 I think), and we noticed a marked improvment in the service. Yes I would still agree with other reviewers that it certainly isn't speedy, but they were friendly, mostly efficient, and quick to correct our bill (we were brought & charged for the wrong bottle of wine!). Overall though far more attentive than our previous visit.

Now for the food... we had the menu Fantaisie, and it did not disappoint. Excellent fois gras served with apple crumble and apple caramel, and for me the scallops served with chesnut gnocchi was another favourite and a combination I won't forget. As others have mentioned the cheeseboard is stunning, and we also had beef fillet which came with a very generous helping of chanterelles - delicious! I would only say if you are going for the full tasting menu resist a big lunch on the mountain and be careful not to fill up on the crusty bread rolls they will offer you throughout the meal!

This is certainly not Savoyard regional cooking, but after 10 days in the region we really enjoyed the change and the opportunity to eat some 'classical' good French food. The only reason I can't rate the atmosphere and 'romance' higher than a 3 is a family table in the restaurant were allowed to sit using their iPads playing loud videos/sound clips to each other, which detracted somewhat from the ambiance!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Rossett, United Kingdom
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13 restaurant reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Fantastic food, average service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

My impression is that they have a great chef, but the front of house staff are not the same standard. Yes, we were a group of 14, but the French dine in big family groups all the time. The waiter checked our main course order twice and still got it wrong. Then checked the dessert order and got it wrong!
Wine and serving of the wine was great.
Go for the set menu for something different with matched wines.
Speed of service is typically French.

Visited January 2013
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Went twice- forget the lamb, stick with the beef.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Having adjusted to the absence of concierge service at our hotel, I traipsed around Morzine looking for somewhere selling half decent food. Came across L'Atelier in the main square opposite the Office de Tourisme.

Quite atmosphere, hint of fine dining to the menu choice. I had the lamb on my first visit, which was disappointing. Hadn't been seared to create any type of flavour and the accompanying risotto/cereal needed some seasoning and, in my mind, garlic. Superb meringue bowl at the end, and a lovely amuse bouche of celeriac soup and what I think was fresh trout. Great bread.

Had the fillet of beef the second time round and that was special. Perfectly cooked and a fine cut.

In a town littered with pizza and steak hache serving averageness, A'Atelier was pleasant and a relief.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Pretty good ...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

We recently spent a week skiing with two other families in Morzine in a catered chalet; on one of the nights the chef had her night off so the parents ate dinner in L'Atelier. We were skeptical given some of the reviews we had read ... happily, in our case we did not experience what others appear to have. Overall we were happy leaving the restaurant.

Was it exceptional / outstanding / truly memorable ... no, but L'Atelier does not claim to be this, as far as we could figure it. Are there other restaurants in Morzine with more atmosphere / more 'buzz' ... certainly (from what we could see), but again this is not what L'Atelier claims to be. Was the service speedy ... no, but we were there for a relaxing evening and were in no hurry ... service was (for our group of 6) just about right.

The food was good ... yes some were not as excited with a course or two as they had hoped, but this was nothing to do with the quality of the ingredients, the skill of the chef etc ... it was more to do with the choice the diner made. Did anything stand out ... yes a few dishes did: Declinaison autour de la Carotte, Bavette de Veau a 'Echalotte and the cheese boar.

A high standard at roughly €100 per person in a ski resort in peak season - we will go back and would recommend L'Atelier to others. In Morzine is possible to eat well for less, it is possible to have a different experience /different food ... but they do what they do well.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

I was looking forward so much to this treat and was vastly disappointed.
My hosts had apparently visited earlier in the year and were impressed.
Our table was booked, but after quite a long wait we had to ask for both menu and wine
list, another wait until they were produced, but then the longest wait for was for the actual food,45 minutes was quite unacceptable
My main course had to be returned to the kitchen, it was quite cold, by the time it re appeared my two friends had finished their main course and I had to eat alone. This was not the happy ambient
occasion I was hoping for.
The explanation by management was that "everyone came to the dining room at 8pm"
A good restaurant should manage their bookings accordingly and not put pressure on the kitchen
At the end of the day,the food served was very very ordinary, despite the trendy slate plates! It was not at all the standard I had hoped for, I have visited much better establishments in Morzine.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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