The Meribel valley has some great lunch stops on offer, a variety of different types of cuisine at different price points. Come February, most of the mountain locations offer fantastic sunshine-basked terraces and fantastic views down the Méribel Valley towards Les Allues.
We have put together a short review of a few of our favourite lunch time stops that we thought would be great to share with you!
We can’t write a review of restaurants in the Méribel valley without mentioning La Folie Douce. “The Folie” as it is known is on the Saulire side of the mountain just under the mid station of the new Saulire Express bubble. It is accessible to skiers and pedestrians alike, although pedestrians will need a walker’s lift pass. There are 2 choices of eatery here; the buffet-style restaurant in the main part of the building and La Fruitiere, which is the adjoining à-la-carte restaurant, next door. The buffet offers lunch time classics like spag’ bol’, sausage & chips, a variety of tasty salads, cheese & meat platters and some great looking cakes and tarts.
La Fruitiere next door offers more traditional French cuisine, gourmet burgers, a menu du jour and an amazing selection of cheeses. The quirky theme is continued; the waiters wear traditional dairy workers uniforms – with berets! The food offers value for money but towards the upper price band.
L’Adray Telebar is situated at the bottom of the Adret lift. The wooden clad hotel, restaurant and snack bar nestling in the trees offers traditional Savoyard cuisine executed very well indeed. The Tartiflette, Raclette, Beaufort (beautiful strong local cheese) & cured meat salad, open fire cooked jacket spuds and superb desserts are all fantastic. On a wintery snowy day the dining room offers cosy authentic dining in front of the open fire and on a sunny day you can enjoy the sheltered terrace bathed in alpine sunshine.
Cookies Club is the snack bar beneath the Adray hotel and offers paninis, sandwiches and chips and although we’ve never eaten there, we are told it offers reasonable value in a nice setting.
Evolution Brasserie in the town centre has a menu that differs to most of the more traditional faire available on the mountain. Thai noodles, homemade fish finger sarnie, a selection of burgers and various salads plus there is always a well priced plat du jour. It’s a warm friendly brasserie offering something a little different.
Cretes is said to be one of the oldest restaurants in the Méribel valley. It is a short ski from the top of the Tougnette and is said to have first opened in 1964. You can believe it when you walk through the doors – thoroughly authentic, you huddle around small tables on benches peering out of the tiny windows – this is a lunch stop best experienced on a snowy day to add to the sense of occasion. The specialty Diots au Vin Blanc (local pork sausages in white wine sauce) may not be to everyone’s’ taste but echoes the true authenticity of this little gem.
Le Grenier, in the heart of Mottaret is an unassuming lunch stop situated at first floor level above a busy bar. We have experienced very friendly service and good food at sensible money. Mottaret may not be the prettiest lunch location but Le Grenier is certainly worth a visit.
Café Del Mott, also in Mottaret, opened last year and has a different kind of menu to the norm. You can choose from various menus starting at around €10, BBQ chefs serve a selection of meats cooked to your taste and dished up in a buffet style. Brilliant value and something different.