France - - BON APPÉTIT -

With 32 Miche­lin-starred restau­rants lo­cated in Savoie Mont Blanc, hold­ing a to­tal of 46 stars be­tween them, the only dilemma is which one do you choose? Restau­rant La­mar­tine, awarded one star, has been run by chef Pierre Marin and his wife Marie-chris­tine since 1997 and has been in the fam­ily since 1964. The restau­rant en­joys a spec­tac­u­lar lo­ca­tion with far-reach­ing views over the Lac du Bour­get, which also of­fers a bounty of fresh fish for the menu. We made the most of the vista with a glass of cham­pagne on the ter­race along with an ap­pe­tiser of dainty fried perch with tartare sauce and a gougère, be­fore mov­ing in­side to the stylish din­ing room.

While some of our party tucked into es­car­gots, oth­ers, my­self in­cluded - as a veg­e­tar­ian - en­joyed a flavour­some dish of mush­rooms scat­tered with hazel­nuts, an ed­i­ble soil and cheese tu­ile. For the next course, a colour­ful plate of beet­root, moz­zarella and tar­ragon gar­nished with wal­nut ar­rived. More de­li­cious wild mush­rooms fol­lowed, this time served with ar­ti­choke and driz­zled in foam. A steak of veg­eta­bles with tomato salsa com­pleted the won­der­fully creative savoury meat-free se­lec­tion.

A re­fresh­ing sor­bet of or­ange and basil pre­pared us for the ar­rival of the cheese trol­ley, while the pièce de ré­sis­tance was a deca­dent dark choco­late dessert ( choco­lat noisettes) pre­sented with a spun sugar dec­o­ra­tion.

Be­fore you leave, make sure to en­joy a di­ges­tif in the cosy lounge – Génépi is the lo­cal tip­ple. You can even buy one of the night­lights used to dec­o­rate the ta­bles to take home as a re­minder of your fan­tas­tic evening. The menu starts at €60 for four cour­ses, in­clud­ing a mise en bouche and petits fours. RN504, Bourdeau, 73370, Le Bour­get du Lac Tel : (Fr) 4 79 25 01 03 la­mar­tine-marin.com

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