67 Pall Mall - Verbier
67 Pall Mall are opening their first European outpost, with both members and public areas. Nestled high in the mountains above the vineyards of the Valais wine region, taking over two levels of the venue there's the members’ only clubroom and terrace. Downstairs, there's a public bar à vin and a more casual bistro menu. Both areas of the venue offer an extensive wine list, the most diverse in the Alps, boasting over 3,000 wines offered at a reasonable price point, and a 500 strong by-the-glass list and a menu of modern European cuisine alongside lighter dishes inspired by traditional mountain fare.
Le 22 - Verbier
New restaurant Le 22 is essentially a chef’s table for, as the name suggests, for just 22 guests, hidden behind a discreet door. Chef Adam Bateman, who worked with Raymond Blanc at Oxfordshire’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, draws on his experience at Richard Branson’s super luxury Verbier retreat The Lodge. Expect a cosy, laidback atmosphere and a ‘semi-gastro’ meal - a (reasonably priced) five-course dinner with a focus on local and seasonal products, a fine selection of cheeses accompanies the menu, which is further enhanced by a list of local Valaisan, French and Italian wines.
Gigi - Val d’Isère
After a successful inaugural season in Saint Tropez, Paris Society are opening an Alpine variation of their Italian-inspired beach club restaurant. Located up high in the Le Refuge de Solaise hotel. Nestled at an altitude of 2,551 metres, it's a unique setting where you can look out over breath-taking views of the majestic lakes and mountains whilst enjoying their Italian cuisine. The Gigi restaurants, in collaboration with designer Hugo Toro, have been created to feel like a welcoming Italian home. Drawing entirely on Italian influences, the décor is a tasteful mix of art de vivre and la dolce vita, referencing Italian culture and history.
Loulou at Airelles - Val d’Isère
This winter, Loulou - another import from the streets of Paris - welcomes guests to its new snow-topped family home in the mountains, with an amazing terrace right at the foot of the slopes in Airelles Val d'Isère. Loulou has been designed with snug and inviting interiors by Corinne Sachot (also behind the interiors of Coco in Paris). And there's a new wrap around terrace - the perfect après-ski spot with uninterrupted sweeping mountain views - complete with individual fire pits and a menu of warming cocktails. What to expect foodwise: winter twists on much-loved Loulou classics such as the famous truffle pizza, the pistacchio linguine, and the signature chocolate chouquettes. Pictured.
Cucùcina - Val d'Isère
The renowned Folie Douce, which first opened its doors in Val d'Isère, is opening a brand-new restaurant, Cucùcina, in mid-December. With high ceilings and décor inspired by Italian renaissance artists - complete with elegant busts and sculptures including an impressive four-metre horse. Yet the highlight of this restaurant is the stunning view of Mont Blanc, which can be admired through the impressive bay windows. On the menu are the classics of Italian gastronomy such as pizza made with products straight from Sicily and dessert inspired by the region of Naples and Capri.
Restaurant Sylvestre Wahid - Courchevel 1850
The renowned two Michelin-starred chef Sylvester Wahid, an adherent of modern French gastronomy, is behind this eponymous restaurant within the The Grandes Alpes Hotel - the most historical charming boutique hotel in Courchevel 1850. The Pakistani-born chef's tasting menu revolves around fifteen dishes - with several reinterpreted signature dishes that he serves at his restaurant within Paris' chic boutique Hôtel Thoumieux. Expect haute and healthy dishes - without salt, sugar and any added fat - such as Tourteau du port de Roscoff and a lemon and seaweed dessert - served in an elegant setting with just four tables. There's also a chef's table and a luxury sushi bar.
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