When it is snowing so hard that you can’t see your hand in front of your face – in skiing terms a ‘white out’ what can one do if you can’t ski? Enjoy an apéro and a good lunch at La Pela one of the many great restaurants in Les Gets.
So having booked a table for lunch at La Pela restaurant in the village we wandered along to Le Barbylone (an après ski bar en-route) for an apéro. I tried for the first time a Kir Violette –it was a gorgeous colour and tasted great, not too sweet. In this region of France a Kir is traditionally served with a local Savoie white wine with a small amount of fruit liqueur normally crème de cassis, mûre, pêche or châtaigne etc. Violette was a new flavour for me. A similar apéritif is a Kir Royale and the only difference is the fruit liqueur is mixed with a sparkling white wine.
La Pela, I had heard was under new ownership for 2013 and on arrival we were greeted more warmly than I previously remember. The building is an old Savoyard farm and the interior remains authentic but has a modern Savoyarde style feel. Coming in from the snow the atmosphere in the restaurant was warm and friendly and the log fire was roaring. The new 2013 menu looked very good with a few different style dishes appearing including a few seafood dishes alongside the Savoyard specialities. A Pela is another more traditional word for a tartiflette and on the menu are several variations on a tartiflette theme. The restaurant was busy so probably a good idea to book. La Pela is on a side road by the ice skating rink on the way to the Mont Chery bubble.
The salmon and prawns with pesto I ordered were beautifully presented, very well cooked and served with a great selection of vegetables. Le filet St. Pierre (John Dory) with a leek foaming sauce was equally well presented and also very tasty. The frites served with the fillet were really scrummy and I would say cooked in maybe a goose fat!
Now time for my ‘guilty pleasure’ Le Cafe Gourmand!! I love the element of surprise involved when ordering this dish – and this one certainly didn’t disappoint, on the contrary, a decorated slate arrived loaded with taster desserts presented as a small work of art in various little dishes. In fact, the whole dessert menu looked delightful! I am looking forward to my next visit…
| Le Café Gourmand
La Pela, Chemin du Grand Cry,74260, Les Gets
Tel 04 50 79 85 02
|the interior of La Pela|
all photos are copyright ©Caro Blackwell