The Savoie, Mount Blanc region is known for many things including production of wine that match its stunning scenery and top-notch food.
Special about Savoie wine region is the fact that there is a lot of different grapes growing in a small area.
About seventy percent of wine produced in Savoie, Mount Blanc is white wine, ten percent red wine and the rest sparkling wine and rose’. There are several beautiful places you can eat and drink.
Here is a guide to the best places you can eat and drink while in the region.
Le Cap Horn
Le Cap Horn is a two-storey former chalet decorated with a distinct nautical theme. It serves French-Asian fusion and has great vegetarian options.
Duck with honey and soy sits alongside fisherman’s stew, but both options are great. You may be required to make a reservation if you want to dine especially during the weekend because it can get really busy.
Chalet La Pricaz
Around Lake Annecy, there’s a legendary mountain restaurant, Chalet La Pricaz.
The owner Pierre Favre-Felix has a best-selling reblochonnade. It’s a giant platter full of local charcuterie, thick slabs of reblochon and a glowing charcoal grill for DIY cheese-melting.
There’s also molten mayhem of tartiflette that you may consider trying. It consists of gooey farm-made reblochon, salty chunks of bacon, onion and potato. The sound of cowbells jangling in the background sets a good ambience.
Le Clos des Sens
Le Clos des Sens is in Annecy-le-Vieux. The Chef Laurent Petit’s menu focuses on fish from the lake and vegetarian meals which is a good spin.
The first course of his tasting menu features the following three ways. A tiny spoon is smeared with a pungent fish paste – pure and punchy. Then a pot of raw crayfish with horseradish, which is lighter and fresher. It is served with a crisp cracker.
A second pot, packed with four succulent chunks, tops a savoury, crayfish-packed take on a crème caramel beneath a dark fish consommé ‘tea’.
Le Panier des 4 Saisons
Le Panier des 4 Saisons is an upscale but not stuffy restaurant. It is known for serving traditional French dishes perfectly matched with Savoie wine.
It is strategically tucked away in a pedestrian side, almost hiding from the world. It has low lighting and low ceilings reinforcing such a good mood.
It normally opens for a few hours and fills up so quickly. For this reason, arrive early or make a reservation.
La Cale’che is located in Chamonix, Mount Blanc. It’s known for serving a scooping of dripping molten cheese from a fondue pot. Very few places offer this traditionally Savoyard experience quite like the elegant and warm La Cale’che Restaurant.
Apart from the fondues, raclettes and tartiflettes which make the place unique, the Savoyard dishes merge greatly with an assortment of black and white photos of Mont Blanc hanging on the walls.
There are also wooden sledges and skis hanging from the ceiling. The place is ideal for watching skiers heading back home and on Tuesday evenings a lively folklore group sings, dances and mountain merriment.
La Cre’merie du Glacier
La Cre’merie du Glacier is also known for its Savoyard cuisine and huge selection of cheese dishes.
In addition there are Alpine forest surroundings, a nearby glacier and a warm wooden chalet interior. You can go with a huge appetite as the traditional dishes- raclette and fondue- arrive in a substantial quantity. The place is normally filled with locals in the evening turning the place into a lively spot.
At the town’s backstreets you’ll find Artmalte, the ultimate place for beer. It’s an innovative microbrewery in an old garage. The owner brews her own beer and also offers cheese pairings to go with it at regular Friday night events. The peated lager served there is intriguingly smoky like an Islay whisky.
Micro Brasserie de Chamonix
Micro Brasserie de Chamonix or MBC as it’s known showcases a rugged and often wild side of Chamonix.
Jugs of beer dripping with froth, towers of nachos covered in glowing cheese and the clientele make the place a fun spot.
This Canadian managed restaurant has a microbrewery that offers a wide selection of real ales and lagers brewed in the onsite fermenting tanks and vessels. Classic Canadian poutine, slow-cooked ribs and a wide selection of burgers are a main delicacy.
Poco Loco is the ultimate definition of do it simple and well.
For a long time, Poco Loco has specialized in one thing; scrumptious burgers. From chicken to veal, from veggie to traditional, the restaurant’s burgers lure locals and tourists alike for it serves hearty yet economical meals. The burgers are rich in flavor and there’s a spicy option.
So there you have it. The overview of the best places to eat and drink in Savoie. Do you have any questions related to some of the places? Did you like the article? Let us know in the comments below! 🙂