Le Viu Restaurant, Palace de Menthon, Menthon St. Bernard

Another great lunch another stunning view – this is what the Haute Savoie is made of!  One can never tire of the ever changing views over Lake Annecy and regarding it through the windows of Le Viù restaurant at The Palace de Menthon whilst enjoying some fabulous cuisine is pretty close as one can come to a heavenly day out!

The Palace de Menthon - Le Viù restuarant is in the glass area on the right of the photo
The Palace de Menthon – Le Viù restaurant is in the glass area on the right of the photo

The Palace de Menthon is in Menthon St. Bernard right on the banks of the beautiful Lake Annecy and the panoramic views from the windows of the restaurant Le Viù are just wonderful.  Ask to be seated by a window if you book in advance although there’s every chance  you may forget to speak with your lunch/dinner companions as you are memorised by the views as well as being transported into culinary heaven by your food and the ambiance of the restaurant. 

Le Viu restaurant
Le Viu restaurant
Le Viù Restaurant
Le Viù Restaurant

The new chef de cuisine Sébastien Lefortier, who has built his career in kitchens in the South of France and French Alps resorts came to The Palace de Menthon at the end of 2014 and has really  put his stamp on the cuisine.  

Sébastien Lefortier chef de Cuisine - Palace de Menthon
Sébastien Lefortier chef de Cuisine – Palace de Menthon

He learned his trade working alongside the renowned chef of The Le Puck Bistro du Flocon de Sel in Megève.  He has continued his career in The Sibuet Group and then joined the Château de la Chèvre d’or in Eze.  Having swapped the sea for the lakeshores, one can be assured of an interesting menu offering innovative ideas and great flavour combinations with accents of Savoyard.

The menu in Le Viù restaurant offers around 6 choices for each course priced at €40 for two courses and €45 for three courses as well as a ‘formule dejeuner’ – a lunchtime chefs suggestion which offers great value either at €25 for two courses or €30 for three courses.  I will let the photos of the dishes speak for themselves!

Aubergine grillée puis confite au thym et romarin, Légumes crus et cuits, croustillant de jambon de Savoie, coulis romanesco. Eggplant Poached and preserve with thyme and rosemary, Raw and cook vegetables, Crisp ham.
Aubergine grillée puis confite au thym et romarin, Légumes crus et cuits, croustillant de jambon de Savoie, coulis romanesco.
Aubergine Poached and preserved with thyme and rosemary, Raw and cooked vegetables, Crispy ham de savoie.
from the Formule dejeuner A chicken terrine wrapped in roasted pepper and spinach
from the Formule dejeuner A chicken terrine wrapped in roasted pepper and spinach

The food is beautifully presented and everything I ate was extremely tasty.  The dishes were well thought out with great balanced flavours.   The service was excellent, attentive yet discreet.

The Main dish from the formule dejeuner - Paleron de boeuf - a delicious slow cooked beef with parsnips served 3 ways
The Main dish from the formule dejeuner – Paleron de boeuf – a delicious slow cooked beef which melted in the mouth with parsnips served 3 ways
Filet de bar à l’unilatéral, Jus d’arrête à la savora, risotto crémeux aux noix et Mondeuse. Fillet of bass grilled on one side only, risotto made nuts and red wine.
Filet de bar à l’unilatéral, Jus d’arrête à la savora, risotto crémeux aux noix et Mondeuse.
Fillet of bass grilled on one side only, risotto made nuts and a Savoie red wine.  The red wine risotto was an amazing flavour.

I have eaten several times at the summer restaurant The Palace Beach but this was my first visit to Le Viù and I will certainly be going back very soon.

Mousse chocolat blanc et marmelade mure-griottine, Pain de gènes, écume de lait. White chocolate mousse, blackberry and Morello Cherry marmalade, Almond biscuit , milk foam
Mousse chocolat blanc et marmelade mure-griottine, Pain de gènes, écume de lait.                                                                               White chocolate mousse, blackberry and Morello Cherry marmalade, Almond biscuit, milk foam
Dessert of a sort of de-constructed apple and pear crumble with a delicious red fruits sorbet from the formule dejeuner
Dessert of a sort of de-constructed apple and pear crumble with a delicious red fruits sorbet from the formule dejeuner

I enjoyed this lunch as a guest of Le Viù restaurant at The Palace de Menthon, but received no remuneration to write this post and these are my own opinions

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2 thoughts on “Le Viu Restaurant, Palace de Menthon, Menthon St. Bernard

  • November 7, 2015 at 11:35 am
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    Those look so pretty! I’m not sure I’d have the heart to eat such a masterpiece. 🙂
    The view of the lake from there must be superb!

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    • November 10, 2015 at 9:21 pm
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      It was a great lunch and the view from the restaurant is seriously breath-taking!

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