You know you’re in for something different when the restaurant background music plays tracks combining the oh-so-French accordion with the ghostly tones of the theramin.
Like the music, Les Marquises has its own very distinctive personality. Opened for the 2013/14 season it is tucked to the side of the Marquise piste. It’s arranged on two floors – upstairs the bar and below (this review) the restaurant. Each floor has limited indoor accommodation and a west facing terrace with a stupendous panoramic view.
Genuinely friendly and extremely hardworking staff create a warm and welcoming atmosphere and the food does not disappoint. But if you like two or three courses be warned – each dish is main-course sized. King prawns cooked in coriander butter came with fresh vegetables roasted with mustard seeds. Beef brochette was juicily pink in a wild mushroom sauce. The house burgers are around an inch thick, but as a starter or main to keep a lumberjack in business go for the Camembert salad.
Don't think deep fried breaded cheese nugget on a green leaf. This is the real thing: a whole camembert roasted in its box, served hot and liquid with big slices of toasted wholemeal bread and a peppery rocket and lettuce salad. Your arteries will go clang at the sight of it, but your soul will thank you.
The desserts looked great. We didn’t make it that far.
Les Marquises marries generous quantity with excellent quality. It’s new enough to be trying very hard indeed, established enough to have forged an identity blending professionalism, quirky charm and a great sense of fun.
Booking advisable at busy times - Tel. +33 (0)7 63 79 08 08
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