26 Sep Our Top 10 Resort Restaurants
Top 10 restaurants (in no particular order)
As part of our continuing 10 years of Kaluma campaign, we have below our choice of the best restaurants:
- Hospiz Alm, St Christoph – a must visit restaurant for any trip to the Arlberg. Simply fantastic. Rustic, traditional and great atmosphere. Superb staff who help make the venue great. Perched on the side of a slope, close to a lift it offers a simple but effective lunchtime menu and is packed most days, especially when the sun shines on its terrace. Evenings are Michelin rated food, roaring fire and a real alpine ambience. Oh, and it has the Worlds Biggest Big Bottled Wine Cellar!
- Le Bel Air, Courchevel – as popular now as when I first visited Courchevel some 15 years ago. The resort has changed beyond recognition, but Christophe’s restaurant, and indeed his welcoming smile have not. Modest, but somehow ‘just right’. The Plat du Jour is fool proof and the tarte aux myrtilles are as good you’ll find. Stunning views from the terrace too.
- Le Fruitiere (Folie Douce), Val Thorens. A cheeky new entrant. Clever food, cool terrace, cool staff and lively vibe. Always seems to lead to an après dance, however hard you resist the temptation. The ‘last few runs after lunch’ never happen. Be warned.
- Verwal Stube, St Anton, Galzig Station – the highest Michelin rated restaurant by altitude in the Alps. Stunning views from the bay windows of the valley below. Specializes in fresh fish, which is no mean feat for a landlocked country. Great food from a fantastic local chef and a wine list to please the connoisseur. Lunchtimes every day of the season and once a week for a romantic dinner a top the mountain!
- La Soucoupe, Courchevel – the big open fire is more than just alpine decoration, it’s also the main oven and cooking station for the ever ruddy faced chef. Delicious meats cooked on an open fire taste incredible, perhaps, the amazing view and best looking staff in town help the wines taste sooo good.
- Hazienda Steak House, St Anton – the benchmark for all my future steaks. Great atmosphere, relaxed, yet smart with a good vibe. Not the cheapest place in town, but in my humble opinion, the best! Home made pasta, fish, steaks and salads with a great starter menu. Good portions never leave you disappointed.
- Le Carrefour, Verbier. A grumpy maitre d’, squashed seating and to be avoided unless it’s sunny (too busy). But don’t let any of this put you off. The pierre chaud filet steak is Legendary and the rostis are the real deal. Ski hard, book a late lunch, eat well and trust the Swiss wines, finally taking in a sun downer at Le Rouge on the short ski home. Tough to be beat.
- Rosie’s Stuberl, Bichelalm, Kitzbuhel – scene of many a great party, wedding or glamorous star studded gala event. Rosie is famous in her own right, TV celeb and chef and singer (yodeler), she will come and yodel at your table when the mod takes her. Amazing! A taxi ride there and back as half way up a mountain, but the panorama views make for a stunning back drop to an uber impressive meal. If you’re staying in Kitzbuhel, it’s a must for something special and a bit different….
- Le Mangeoire, Courchevel – not what any sober or sane person would describe as ‘good value’, and you can occassionally experience an average meal here, but NEVER a bad night. This is the essence of Courchevel, best and worst. If you can be persuaded to dance on a table anywhere, it’s here. The fish pond (not mere fish bowl) cocktails will bring out the inner exhibitionist
- Mondschein Stuberl, Hotel Mondschein, Stuben – one of those hidden gems that you would never know unless you were told about it. Michelin rated, small and unpretentious and offering mouthwatering dishes. Small lunchtime menu and excellent local produce used through the evening menus. Also a great wine cellar where the owners (sommeliers) will gladly give you a short tour and tasting. The Mondschein bar right next door is the best place to go and play a game of nails and drink schnapps with the locals!