The weather conditions were absolutely perfect so we had a full day out on the slopes whilst the sun was still shining. Top tip for any hardcore skiiers wishing to visit the area: hit the Rochebrune mountain in the morning and head to Mont d’Arbois during the afternoon because then you’ll never miss a spot of sunshine!
There are ample bars and cafes dotted on the piste to be able to stop in whenever you fancy a break – unlike many resorts we have visited previously. However, they do tend to get busy very quickly and you should consider booking in advance if you have your heart set on a particular restaurant (this happened to us twice whilst we were there).
Sat at the very top of the Rochebrune cable car, le Super Megeve is the perfect pitstop for lunch. There is a vast outdoor seating area with plenty of deckchairs to go around (even when the Germans’ are about!). Panoramic views surround the restaurant and even from our table inside, we were able to take in the sheer scale of Megeve’s ski area. The menu caters for all tastes but is certainly a carnivores dream (a whole host of meat dishes!). All of the meat is cooked on their outdoor barbecue and is quite spectacular to watch. I went for a comte cheeseburger (23 euros) and the boy chose the entrecote steak frites (26 euros) – an excellent choice, I had serious food envy! My burger was moist and juicy but lacked flavour, a touch more salt wouldn’t have gone amiss. The thin and crispy French fries were to die for and certainly hit the spot!
For dessert, the restaurant offers a selection of minis and a shot of espresso for 10 euros. Well worth ordering as you are able to sample a little of everything on the sweet menu; tarte tatin, raspberry macaroons, chocolate torte and a few French specialities.
Le Super Megeve was faultless; the service, the staff, the food and facilities were all excellent. We would highly recommend you visit this restaurant if you are in the area.
Looking for apres ski? Megeve has several bars that are open ’til late serving a variety of drinks and specialty cocktails, but I must note this is no studenty Tignes or Val. You will have a nasty surprise if you are on the hunt for 24 hour parties or ‘all you can drink’ bar deals in Megeve. However, we stopped by Club de Jazz les 5 Rues for a quick Friday night drink and it exceeded our expectations. In this case, ‘don’t judge a bar by its exterior’ was most certainly correct! From the outside, le Club de Jazz les 5 Rues looks like a derelict building, but the dull thud of a kick drum enticed us inside its bare stone walls. Think ten dimly lit coves surrounding a small stage complete with live jazz band and authentic dark wood bar. The space has a small capacity, around 200 max so the atmosphere was electric and a clear haunt for Brits on tour.
We sampled some of the local beer, Brasserie du Mont Blanc, La Blanche – a “weiss beer” or wheat beer. I am partial to a pint of Hoegaarden and felt this beer was similar; flat and cloudy with a sweet taste and served with a slice of lemon.
Before booking our stay in Megeve, I had my eye on having dinner at ‘Flocons Village’, the sister bistro of the three Michelin starred Flocons de Sel restaurant run by Emmanuel Renaut. The staff could not have made it clearer when booking our table that they were doing us a ‘special’ favour, squeezing us in at 9.30pm on Friday evening – far later than we would have rather eaten.
When we arrived for our reservation, the frosty atmosphere hadn’t changed and we were by far the youngest diners in the restaurant (which was also made very apparent and added to our unease). The menu and food was very good but the flavours were extremely rich and we felt the dishes were a tad pretentious. The nicest dish of the evening was my mushroom risotto with mountain cheese, I would happily have eaten that all evening. The arborio rice was harder than I would have hoped but the chestnut mushrooms were cooked to perfection!
The price however, was fantastic. How could you knock two or three courses at Michelin star standard for 27 or 33 euros respectively? One poor aspect was that the restaurant ran out of desserts before we had even sat down – leaving only an option of tarte tatin (unimpressed).
We would certainly return but would book our table in advance so we could fully appreciate our meal!