So no pressure, but the in-laws are in town and asking to be taken to the best steak restaurant in La Plagne…
To be honest I was spoilt for choice. With so many restaurants on and off the mountain to choose from where was I to take them? In the end, I decided on Le Grizzli in Plagne Villages. I’d heard excellent things about their cuts of meat and also that they cooked everything over an open fire in the restaurant, definitely worth a try. It’s also accessible, being easy to find at the top of the tele-bus from Plagne Centre and just opposite the bus stop from Plagne Soleil.
So with table reserved, we headed up there with stomachs rumbling. When we arrived we were welcomed by Clemance, one of the owners of the restaurant. Her partner Thomas is the chef and he was already busy cheffing away in the kitchen, creating the delicious aromas that we could smell as we took our seats.
The restaurant has been in Plagne Village for several years, but has been taken over by these two this summer, making this their first winter. The atmosphere they have created is warm and welcoming. The lower dining area is cosy and with an excellent view of the open fire where Thomas cooks all the steaks. The upstairs has more seating, equally as well laid out and comfortable.
The menu is delicious and has a really lovely range of local specialities. What’s a bit different is the starter menu which has several options to share, with things like baked camembert flavoured with truffles, rosemary and whisky; scallop carpaccio marinated in passion fruit, home-made foie gras with blueberry genepi compote and white chocolate bread. The menu had a lot of local flavour with some different twists which makes Le Grizzli stand out from a lot of other mountain restaurants.
So, onto the steak!
The menu contains several different steak options, from entrecote, to faux fillet to cote du boeuf (to share for 2 people). Thomas even brought out the pieces of meat to our table to help us choose. With main dish prices ranging from 18€ to 29.50€ for the cote du boeuf, the pricing is comparable to the majority of restaurants throughout resort.
Whilst we watched Thomas cooking our steaks to order over the open fire we ordered a bottle of red wine from the extensive wine menu. Clemance brought over large wine glasses for us and decanted the bottle into a flat bottomed carafe. Whilst we let the wine breathe, we enjoyed some big goblets of gin and tonic from the large drinks menu.
When the meals arrived, the meats were all cooked to perfection, Thomas did offer to put any pieces back on the fire that we wanted more well done, but in true French fashion we opted for the pinker the better. The steaks were delicious – really benefiting from the open fire cooking. The accompaniments were also mouth-watering, all homemade, we had a selection of gratin potatoes or fries and a cépes sauce to die for, there was also a truffle mayo which is definitely worth a taste. Safe to say conversation quickly ended whilst we all tucked in.
For dessert I opted for the profiteroles with hot chocolate sauce, which didn’t disappoint! My husband had a café liegois from the ice cream menu. All were really lovely, well-presented and came within a reasonable time. There was also a lovely cheese board selection, but none of us made it that far! Prices were again reasonable ranging from 8 – 10€.
I should also mention that Le Grizzli does have a kids menu priced at 11.50€ and is child friendly. For those looking for the classic fondue, pierre chaud and raclette, they are all also available here.
All in all, it was a really excellent evening, with great food served in an excellent atmosphere, warm and welcoming. I would highly recommend fitting it into your itinerary on your next trip to La Plagne.