Le Plantin has quickly established itself as one of the restaurants in the 3 Valleys. Every lunchtime the dining room is populated with instructors and their clients from other resorts – despite the fact that the restaurant is not on the piste.
Owners Agnes and Robert Burdet succeed in attracting discerning diners from afar with Le Plantin’s combination of fine cuisine, excellent service and gorgeous décor (a stunning mix of elegant chic and traditional Savoyard).
This winter Le Plantin has even more to recommend it. Prices have been lowered in response to the current economic situation, and a new, young and talented chef has raised the standard of cuisine even higher. Ludovic Lebaillif has worked in top restaurants in Europe and the UK (including Heston Blumenthal’s) and has designed a gourmet menu full of unusual and creative dishes. Open both for lunch and dinner, Le Plantin is definitely well worth a little effort to find.
A special lunchtime menu offers excellent value two courses for 30€: the special ‘Plantin’ three-course menu is available at 60€, or you can eat à la carte. Traditional Savoyard specialities are offered alongside the more modern dishes.
What we say:
"My starter of black pudding parmentier with lobster, hot sweet potato froth and pine seeds was a revelation. I had never imagined a humble boudin noir could be so light and meltingly delicious. My companion’s warm escalope of duck foie gras, citrus fruit cake and saffron vanilla-flavoured froth was also surprisingly light and delicate. From this moment on, we knew we were in the hands of a master chef.
"Our main courses were equally delicious. My roast rack of lamb, aubergine caviar and rosemary juice was tender and deeply flavoursome. My companion declared his sautéed veal kidney with mustard sauce the best he had ever eaten. Even the shared bowl of mashed potato was good enough to cause a fight over who got to eat the last spoonful.
"The desserts were beautifully presented and (fortunately for our full tummies) very light. My roasted mini bananas in mountain honey with a bitter dark chocolate ice-cream and crystallised ginger was wonderful. The warm green mint tea mousse with caramelised thyme pastry and raspberry sorbet was unusual but equally delicious.
"Coffees and home made verbena digestifs rounded off a truly excellent and memorable meal.
"Prices for starters are mostly €20 – €25. Main courses are €32 – €38 and desserts €10 -15. The comprehensive wine list has something for every taste and every budget. Prices begin at €25 and range up to several thousand Euros for Petrus and Romanée Conti.
"Special mention should be made of the very professional but unstuffy service. Alex, who works front-of-house, is young, enthusiastic and attentive, and clearly passionate about making sure you enjoy your whole dining experience."
To make a reservation, contact them via telephone using the number above. You can also visit the website or contact them via email using the links on this page.
Location: Meribel Village
Cuisine: Fine Dining | French | French - Modern | International | Local Specialities
Vibe / Atmosphere: Traditional
Access: Pedestrian access | Ski to door
Car-parking: Parking on property
Open Seasons: Spring | Summer | Winter
Address: Route de La Tania | Meribel Village | 73550