We stumbled upon this place by accident when we were skiing with the kids last year. Our youngest was tired and we were keen to find a place for hot chocolate at the edge of the La Balme ski area, at Le Tour. We followed the Piste de la Foret Vert (a blue run last year but red this year) to the bottom. We found L’Arret Bougnete, the restaurant next to the train station in Vallorcine, and were very grateful for it. You pass it as you walk from the bottom of the piste towards the cable car Tete de Balme.
We had drinks only on that occasion, but returned again this year to have lunch as the food looked so fresh. It serves simple regional food superbly cooked with no frills. The set menus are swiftly served by friendly staff. – we had local meaty sausages with boiled potatoes and cabbage, crozeflette with polenta and omelette for our main courses. These dishes followed the anti pasta and green salad starters. Everything was reasonably priced. For 4 adults each having a two coarse meal with wine, the bill came to 80 euros. As you can see for Chamonix in particular this is good value.
We were fortunate to get a table in the sun. We arrived for a late lunch (2.30pm), as many people were leaving. I appears that booking is recommended for large lunch parties.
It’s a lovely place to eat and relax after a morning’s skiing, walking, or even having done neither of those, going by the range of outfits of the clientel. I must admit we were in two minds as to whether to have an other drink and just take the train back to Chamonix rather than ski back down to La Tour.
We understand that the restaurant is open in both the summer and winter, but isn’t open in the evenings, closing at 17hrs.
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