For perched mid way up the French alps, in the tiny village of St Marcel, right above St Martin, and a few Kms before Les Ménuires, is a true culinary find! Well not exactly a find, as the Michelin guide has already granted them two stars!
Elegant yet ski wear (or jeans) friendly informal decor, very attentive but not obsequious service, and food to damn oneself for.
The house specializes in "surprise" menus, but they understandably prefer it to be a table order.
So not on our menu, as my husband had his sights set on the ris de veau (sweetbreads), and my brother who joined us is a vegetarian.
Sweetbreads are very much a particular taste, and now very hard to find. Not to my liking, but my husband adores them. They were served in a very fine crust, and were delicious, as even I was persuaded to take a bite. My husband even told the owner chef that his creation was even better than the one he'd had years ago at Trois-Gros.
My brother's vegetarian diet was taken seriously. He was offered the most incredibly moist and tasty scallops I've ever had (again, I was given a bite!)
For my part, I chose the fresh water fish, and what a delight that was. Cooked in a very thin crunchy crust, the taste was extraordinary. All I can say is, Olympians, weep!!!
We then shared a most remarkable local mountain cheese plate, lovingly put together by the head waitress from a very impressive cheese tower chariot.
And afterwards, we indulged in three incredibly wonderful desserts, mine based on milk products, a house special, my husband ordered a chocolate one, and my brother went for the orange saffron creation. And again, absolutely incredible taste bud bombs.
A most extraordinary and totally unexpected meal!
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