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Le 1850 Restaurant Review, Courchevel 1850

Fine dining experience & the most welcoming staff

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| Rachel Wilson, Courchevel Reporter | Published
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La Sivolière is a 5-star hotel located in the heart of Courchevel right next to the Dou du Midi piste. Its ideal location allows you to ski in and out to access the hotel or one of its two eateries. It boasts two beautiful restaurants managed by chef Bilal Amrani who has been there for six years.

The aptly named Dou du Midi is a bistro restaurant that serves lunches such as soups, snacks and desserts. There is also a cosy bar that has exquisite cocktails as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks on its menu. Their evening restaurant, Le 1850 Be Organic, has been awarded one plate and three red forks by the Michelin guide. This special restaurant is where I dined.

The ambience of the dining room was comfortable and unstuffy. Interesting artwork donned the walls, with wooden lighting fixtures and enjoyable music played throughout the bar and restaurant. It was a relaxing evening made even more pleasant by the friendly staff and service style.

The outside of La Sivolière looks like a traditional wooden chalet and the interior is matched with a traditional alpine feel with chic aspects. Each table in the dining room is brightened up with a plant, mini lamp and a small wintery decoration which gave the restaurant a more welcoming feel. There is even a ‘Mini Sivo Room’ which is a lovely playroom for children to enjoy whilst the adults chat and drink wine.

I had the tasting menu of the day which was catered towards my vegetarian diet with wine pairing for each course. I firstly enjoyed a glass of red Savoie wine in the comfy bar area which was accompanied with mixed nuts and an option of cheese and cured meat. The restaurant staff were professional yet welcoming and made me feel at ease as I waited for my table to be prepared. The bar has a huge fireplace which gives the area a relaxing feel and cosy atmosphere.

The food was absolutely sublime with each course bringing totally different flavours, combined with a beautiful and intricate presentation. The ingredients used at Le 1850 are organic and well put together to create fantastic dishes. As an appetiser, I was offered carrot three ways which was matched with a crisp Chardonnay wine.

I was also served a freshly-baked bread roll that came with a choice of flavoured butters: salt, seaweed or chilli. I had the chilli butter with a wholemeal fig roll which sounds odd but it was a lovely combination.

As a starter, I had a morel mushroom velouté with a poached egg, morel mushrooms and croutons. This was my favourite course of the evening as the egg was cooked to perfection and it complemented the morel sauce really well. If you are a meat eater, it usually is accompanied with foie gras.

The main course was a bright array of confit tomatoes, olives, micro herbs, shaved parmesan and artichoke cooked three ways: crispy fried, puréed and confit stuffed. It was a really tasty and was washed down with a glass of Pinot Noir. The chefs cater really well for any dietary requirements you may have and I thought the vegetarian options were really high quality.

I was offered a cheese board in between main and dessert but I was honestly feeling rather full, so opted to just have my dessert which was burned pineapple, tropical sorbet on a biscuit crumb and a tropical jelly with a caramel tuile. It was light and refreshing, just what I needed after so much food.

The typical clientele for this restaurant are people who want to experience the high-end food that Courchevel has to offer. It is a luxury hotel serving gastronomic food at a good price for the quality and location. The restaurant is suitable for large groups as the dining area is split into two rooms but it also has a smaller tables catering for couples or families. Dinner is served until 22:00 so you can have a long leisurely evening enjoying the fine dining experience.

The hotel is easily accessible from Courchevel centre with either a short stroll up Rue des Chenus, although I’m sure the hotel staff would arrange a private pick up if you called ahead. I was chauffeured down to Courchevel centre after my meal which added an extra special touch to the whole experience. At this fine dining restaurant, the excellent staff make you feel welcome and special. It is definitely a restaurant I would like to return to for these reasons as the whole evening was just delightful.

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