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“maitre d' was very good..not the waiters”
Review of Le Bistrot - CLOSED

Le Bistrot
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $26 - $68
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed June 12, 2012

The staff were not particular to me. but the maitre d' ordered a special dish for me that was not on the menu. that's quite strange in france. Actually I ordered a simple pasta with no sauce.

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Thank thenewstateman
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

A Michelin star restaurant should do everything to perfection. Sadly, Le Bistrot was a bit of a mixed bag.

The staff verged on the condescending, looking up and down diners who arrived in jeans and tee shirts. This is a mountain resort in summer, but the staff seemed to think they were in Paris.

The meal started with two separate rounds of Amuse Bouche's which were pleasant enough, and clearly prepared with great care and precision. The waiter then brought bread, but removed all the plates from the table at the same time. This seems to be their practice as they did the same with neighbouring tables. So there we were with bread, butter, no side plates, and lots of diners looking round to see how everyone else buttered their bread. Odd!

Mains arrived. A very ornate fish dish which our diner loved. Two of us ordered the steak, and this proved to be a mistake. The waiter said it was Scottish Angus, but I live in scotland and if this was Angus, it was a tough old beast. Endless chewing made no impact on this lump of rubber, and both of us were struggling to swallow it. The worst steak I can remember.

Desserts, again very ornate. Two of us had apple and carmel eclairs which were superb, and there was an excellent pistachio cake served with cherries in a spiced liqueur. But rather than leave it at that, a plate of smaller assorted sweet delicacies arrived, again nice enough in their own way, then the waitress arrived with a choice of cherry or chartreuse marshmallows.

So how to sum this all up? Well it is all well and good bringing all the extras, the two rounds of Amuse Bouches, and two rounds of little sweet delicacies, indeed this sort of thing is expected in a Michelin Star restaurant. But to be unable to procure and cook a decent steak is unforgiveable, and Le Bistrot need to go back and relearn the basics.

Le Bistrot is not expensive. The menu headline was somewhere around 90 euros, but this was for 6 courses! Ordered a la carte, mains were around 25 euros, desserts 12 euros, which is typical of any of the high street restaurants in Chamonix. These are not Michelin star prices, but then it wasn't Michelin Star steak!

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Reviewed May 20, 2012

We visited Chamonix again this week and again stayed at the excellent Morgane , this time we decided to try Le Bistrot and what an experience it was , wonderful food cooked really well , some really varied tastes going on, all working together to form some amazing dishes , service friendly and professional . I really appreciated the fact this restaurant is understated , very little mention of Michelin stars , they let the food do the talking and we heard loud and clear . we will be back .

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Thank irlmin
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Reviewed May 15, 2012

One of my favorite restaurant. I really appreciate that the chef is changing his menu every 2 weeks. So you always can discover a new dish.
The chef is always using the products of the season and cook them with creativity
The cuisine is sophisticated with out being to much
I highly recommend it, the chef is a "Grand Chef" enjoy what is doing, create news dishes all the time is a real pleasure to go there.
The atmosphere is however a bit cold.

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Thank PIXSQUARED
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

We drove over from Meribel last week simply to have lunch at Le Bistrot. The set ' repas de jour ' was only 17.50 euros and amazing value. The service was first rate and we felt that this must be Chamonix's best-kept secret. I was the driver and therefore drank sparkling water ( 4.50euros a litre) . Wine by the glass was 9 euros for an extremely drinkable Sancerre ; a delicious dessert wine was 10 euros.Total for four of us :- 121 euros. Fantastic.

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Thank Stuart B
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