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“Going from excellent to superlative!!”

Hotel Restaurant Les Alpes
Ranked #1 of 9 Restaurants in Orsieres
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Martigny, Switzerland
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173 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 303 helpful votes
“Going from excellent to superlative!!”
Reviewed February 16, 2012

Sam Desteing, the relatively new owner of the Café des Alpes and its Chef, is taking the level of this restaurant up very high. I had the great luck to eat there twice in the last ten days. Once with friends and once for Valentine's Day with my husband. I am now planning another meal there (as soon as possible!)

Things were always pretty good at the Café des Alpes under Jean-Maurice Joris the former chef. But Sam has taken the cuisine to new heights. the variety of offerings is great - from soup, salads and pasta for those who have just come off the slopes (or more corerctly, from heli-skiing!) to very elaborate and well thought out menus for those of us who just want to eat.

On vVlentine's day we treated ourselves to the "Menu Gourmand". Started with a lovely amuse-bouche with rillettes de chamois, a celery soup with pignoli ice cream (!) and a bruschetta with (I think!) a foie gras.
Moved on to the first course, a "marbré" of foie gras and beautifully cooked pigeon, then the second, which was scampi and a stuffed small calamare ... stuffed wth a tiny dice of fresh vegetables, perfectly seasoned. And a lemony dressing for the dish to be added as one liked.
Main was filet de veau. It melted in your mouth and was stunningly presented. Cheese followed - all local which is really nice (!) including an excellent brébis de Verbier. Then dessert - a pear fondant which was truly fondant. I normally hate pears but this was really, really delicious!
Even though it iwas lunchtime the restaurant was almost full. And was completely booked out for the evening...
The waiter - whose name I do not know . is knowlegeablem friendly and attentive. he is also a great addition to the new team at the restaurant.

Sam currently has 16/20 in the Gault-Millau. I hope he to gets 17/20 next year. He is certainly deserving of that. In fact, in my opinion, the best this region has to offer outside of de Courten in Sierre!!

Reservations are absolutely essential. Parking on the square in front of the restaurant is usually not a problem.

  • Visited February 2012
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“amazing food and experience in Orsieres”
Reviewed September 26, 2011

Amazing food and experience in Orsieres. I usually go there often during the Winter, but for lunch: it is the perfect location from several of the best off piste skiing in the Mont Blanc massif, Swiss side. It is always a great boys experience of great food and drinks, telling about the skiing geste.
For the second time (first after the change of ownership) I was there last Saturday night with my wife (before heading back to Montagne Alternative lodge), and we had a great experience, with great food and wines from Valais.
Better choice is the bistrot side, as the restaurant side is a bit too pretentious and serious.
Only the waiter was not quite up to the place, both for humor and service, but he didn't manage to spil the experience anyway.
Yet ... missing Meurice ...
Looking forward tothe beginning of the off piste season.

  • Visited September 2011
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Martigny, Switzerland
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“Hotel des Alpes - now better than ever!!”
Reviewed November 30, 2010

This restaurant changed hands during the course of 2010. The new owner, who is also the Chef, was previously the Assistant Chef, so he knew the standard of the restaurant. I think most of the "regulars" were concerned about the change, but we need not have been. (we have been eating there for around 15 years).

the restaurant, as noted by a previous reviewer, has been redecorated. It is a small, village restaurant, and was looking a bit down-at-heels. it is now very pretty - white walls, nice woodwork and furniture. But most importantly the food has gone up several notches and the new owner is a very out-going, friendly fellow who makes a point of coming around and chatting with his diners.

There is an "à la carte" menu with a really good choice of dishes. Old staples - steaks, lamb etc - and seasonal things like chasse at the moment. And there are at least 2 "menus" with four or five courses each that provide great value and taste. We chose the one at 68frs. This included an "amuse bouche" or little starter which was a trio of chasse. Then there was a choice of two starters, a choice of two main dishes (I had the filet of cerf which was yummy!) and a choice of two desserts OR a cheese plate. We ordered coffee and this came with a little plate of "friandises". The quality of the food is superb and the presentation absolutely top-notch. Not at all what you would expect in a tiny village like Orsières.

The restaurant is understandably very popular and one must reserve on the weekends and for lunch in the ski season (skiers and their guides finish their off-piste skiing with a lunch there... not bad!!)

In sum - for value for money, for a wonderful meal that looks divine - this is a very good address.

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