Restaurant Recommendations

I wanted to give a shout-out to a couple of great restaurants that we discovered on our recent trip to France.

The first is the KV&B, in Bandol, on the south coast between Marseille and Toulon. It’s on a small street, just back from the seafront, so you probably wouldn’t find it unless you knew where to look. The menu is small, but perfectly formed, and is a great improvement on some of the pizza joints in the area. The bill was in the order of €30 a head without wine. They must be doing well, they’ve got another restaurant in the same street.

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The second one is a lovely bistro in Paris. It’s called the Restaurant Perraudin and it’s on Rue Saint Jacques in the heart of Paris near the Boulevard Saint-Germain. I had a delicious entrocôte steak and frites. Book if you want a table in the front of the restaurant – red and white checked tableclothes and everything.

La Grande Ourse, Mont Chéry

La Grande Ourse
La Grande Ourse

There’s not much competition for the best restaurant on the slopes of Morzine and Les Gets. The pistes are littered with places that offer overpriced food and surly service. Having skied in the area since 1979 and this year since mid-February, we’ve had a chance to explore more places than usual and made it our daily mission to track down the best food!

Chez Nannon (Nyon) and La Paika (Les Gets) are very good, but ahead by a clear margin is La Grande Ourse (no, “The Big Bear”, not what you’re thinking).

La Grande Ourse is at the top of Mont Chéry, the ski area opposite Les Gets. Run by the Venning family, from Cornwall in South-West England, La Grande Ourse has been completely renovated in the last three years to a very high standard. The staff are attentive and knowledgable (and speak excellent English!) and the menu is a delight. On the menu when we visited was chicken, seafood tartiflette, lamb, salmon, Cornish sausages, duck and the inevitable hamburger. The menu of the day (15 Euro) was belly pork served with leek mash followed by sticky toffee pudding. My other half had the Cornish sausages. It was all delicious.

Although Mont Chéry isn’t the biggest ski area in the Portes du Soleil, La Grande Ourse is certainly good enough to justify a special trip to these slopes. We’ll be back soon!

To book go to the La Grande Ourse website or call 06 79 42 58 86

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