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.
Le Plantin is located in a pretty hamlet of the same name a few kilometres from Méribel on the Courchevel road. Even novices can manage the easy ski itinerary which leads from the Altiport pistes above Méribel to le Plantin (the route is groomed after each snowfall). After lunch you will receive a free lift to the nearby Méribel Village chairlift or La Tania to rejoin the 3 Valleys ski area. In the evenings simply catch a taxi from Courchevel, La Tania or Méribel. We think the small effort needed to find this slightly out-of-the-way restaurant will be amply repaid in terms of your enjoyment.
- "This is the best restaurant in Meribel without a doubt. For lunch we had a superb 3 courses for 46 Euros plus wine... For dinner expect more, about 80-100 euros per person with wine. However for top class food in the Meribel valley it takes a lot of beating. Service from Alex the head waiter is superb. They also dropped us back at the village to catch the lift up to Meribel Altiport." - Trip Advisor
- "Super tasty, super French, super service, but a little bit costly. Do not forget about deserts and please do hear the Chef's recommendation for the wine choice!" - Trip Advisor
- "Excellent service, superb food, beautiful decor, a lovely dining experience. The views are also stunning from the restaurant. You can ski to it in winter,then they take you by mini bus back to the lift in Meribel Village. A great service, to then ski off the lunch!" - Trip Advisor
- Route de La Tania