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Meribel - Eating on the Mountain
We know how important refuelling is on a ski holiday and Meribel does not disappoint on the gastronomy front. Meribel isn’t all about the skiing they have some fantastic restaurants serving a variety of dishes; from traditional Savoyard classics through pizzas, there is something to suit most tastes.
Some of the best mountain restaurants in the 3 Valleys are found around the Altiport and Rond-Point. Some with superb sun terraces where you can relax and soak up the rays whilst enjoying your lunch, here are some of the hotspots in Meribel.
Ski in, Ski out Sun Trap
Le Rond Point - Tel: +33 (0) 479 003751
A fantastic ski-in ski-out suntrap terrace, great food and the wildest après-ski parties in Meribel as the sun goes down. You need to be sure of making advance bookings if you want to get a seat outside as it is hugely popular with British visitors. You can either go to the snack bar that offers a range of hot paninis or if you are looking for something a bit more special then you should try their a la carte menu in the restaurant upstairs, with the signature dish of duck leg confis on rosti with roasted radiccio and redcurrants. The Rond Point is located just below the mid-point of the Rhodos gondola.
La Renarde - Tel: +33 (0) 479 086555
This is the restaurant of Chalet Marie-Blanche, and has an excellent reputation. Just a few metres from the pistes (sign-posted on the right hand side of the Doron run into resort, just below the Adret chairlift), this restaurant offers a good self-service selection and excellent food at a reasonable price.
Great place to meet up with non-skiiers
Adray Teleba - Tel: +33 (0) 479 086026
Near the mid station of the Rhodos Bubble and Le Rond Point, this is a great spot for pedestrian, beginners and more advanced skiers to meet up for lunch. However, it is a much-loved mountain restaurant, so make sure you book ahead. The Telebar is also a lovely place to stop for vin chaud, as there are 2 large, beautiful fireplaces to warm up by. One sits in glass and wrought iron in the centre of the lounge, and the other a traditional chimney piece in the dining room, both of which add to the homely atmosphere.
Typical Mountain Food
Arpasson - Tel: +33 (0) 479085479
Lifts; Tougnete1. Basic self-service restaurant. The menu is typical mountain food, regular features are - spag bol, salads and omelette with chips. This is your standard mountain restaurant, there isn’t much atmosphere or anything that makes this restaurant special.
Chardonnet - Tel: +33 (0) 479 004481
This friendly, sunny restaurant is right next to the Pas du Lac gondola, a convenient place to meet non-skiers for lunch or drinks. The restaurant boasts a beautiful sun terrace which is best enjoyed in the afternoon, with stunning views down the valley. The Chardonnet is your typical French mountain restaurant, with wood and stone decor.
Chalet Togniat - Tel: +33 (0) 479 004511
This a good value self-service lunch stop. Nestled into the mountain near the Combes lift and in a quiet spot, it seems to be often missed by passing skiers. However, it is a great value self-service restaurant with more basic dishes right up to gourmet cuisine and carefully selected wines. During the day you can enjoy drinking with friends, savouring home-made pastries or pancakes, whilst lounging on deckchairs on the south-facing terrace.
Cosy Alpine Hideaway
Choucas - Tel: +33 (0) 450 530031
This is a cosy wooden restaurant with a straightforward menu. The terrace makes it a perfect stop when the afternoon sun is on this side of the Meribel valley. Watch out for the building as you approach the Burgin mid-station; it is tucked away just over the brow of the hill.
Cote 2000 - Tel: +33 (0) 479 005540
Just off the Aiglon piste, this is a good value self-service restaurant, but even though you queue to order the foot, it is then brought to your table. Try and get one of the booths if you are sitting inside, they are quite cosy.
Popular Self Service
Rhodedendrons - Tel: +33 (0) 479 084142
This large self-service restaurant has the usual menu at pretty much the usual prices. It is conveniently situated in the beginner area at the top of Rhodos 2 and is just a short walk for pedestrians. It remains a popular spot for its large terrace and good food.