The newest culinary experience to hit La Plagne is Le Bonnet restaurant situated on prime piste location in the centre of Bellecote, brought to us by local legend and pro skier Julien Lizeroux.
New restaurant Le Bonnet is a classy and fast carb hit in the centre of Bellecote
Lizeroux is a world class slalom and giant slalom skier who has won both silver and bronze medals at World Cup level, always rocking his trademark La Plagne headband whilst doing so. La Plagne locals will remember the giant piste party thrown in his honour during the 2010 winter Olympics in Vancouver. These days Lizeroux is turning his skills in a more culinary direction and has created a unique restaurant in the heart of La Plagne.
Le Bonnet’s ethos is “mountain street food’ and is indeed a strange combination of fast food diner and elegant piste side restaurant. It’s housed in a beautiful wooden chalet building perched atop a large terrace in an excellent people and skier watching spot in the heart of Bellecote. The interior is a wonder of high ceilings, huge windows, trees growing indoors and artistically fabulous lighting sculptures, however diners enjoy this ambiance as they queue to place their order at the counter and collect their food on plastic tray in traditional fast food style. This method of service undoubtedly speeds up the dining process and cuts out any time wasted waiting for table service, but it does make for a strange ‘takeaway’ atmosphere in this otherwise stylish restaurant.
The food also crosses culinary lines, the menu is very simple offering burgers, paninis, hot dogs, pasta and crepes. Everything is served in paper wraps or boxes alongside sachets of ketchup and plastic cutlery but McDonalds food this is not, these burgers are the real deal, hearty sized and made from quality ingredients which sets them apart from any old burger and chips (the chips incidentally are awesome). The paninis are also a class apart and feature a goat’s cheese and honey option among the more common combinations.
You’ve got a choice of beef, chicken or veggie burger or go all out and try the Gorgeous burger which is a double beef, double cheese burger feast. They start at 8.50 and go up to 13 euros for a burger plus 6euros if you want chips and a soft drink too. The kids menu features a beef or chicken burger at 6euros each or 10.50 for the meal.
The burger and chips, fast food vibe is perfect for a quick lunch stop on a busy ski day but if you fancy hanging out a little longer and relaxing a little I suggest taking a seat on the large outdoor terrace. There is ample seating spread around the front and side of the restaurant all with excellent views out over the pistes and down to the Colloses, Blanchet and Arpettte chairlifts. Order a beer, wine, coffee or hot chocolate from the terrace bar and if you’re feeling particularly classy you can enjoy saucisson or foie gras with or without wine for a après ski treat.
Relax on the large terrace and watch the busy staff coming and going in their funky Bonnet branded clothing, denim and down jackets that will make you wish you wore a uniform that cool. If you want to be part of the club you can purchase Le Bonnet beanies from the bar for 15 euros in some seriously vibrant colours.
Head down to Le Bonnet for a quick lunch stop or a chilled après ski vibe, burgers and chips or wine and foie gras, the choice is yours but whatever order don’t leave without checking out the bathrooms for a glance at the seriously weird artwork covering the doors.
Check them out on FaceBook at LE BONNET-La Plagne