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!
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