If you’re like me, then you’ll understand that skiing can often mean struggling down a slippery slope while experienced skiiers and small children whizz past at 350 mph! And if you’re a veggie then you’ll know that eating in the French Alps can be a similarly trying experience.
Well last week at Serre Chevalier, I managed some great fun skiing, despite the lack of snow at the time, all in brilliant sunshine. And it turned out that there are some excellent places to eat veggie food too!
The best of the mountain restaurants was undoubtedly the Cafe Soleil at the top of the telepherique from Chantemerle. After discovery on our third day, we made sure we came over every day for our lunch. It is mostly a self- service restaurant with galettes and crepes, pizzas, paninis etc, as well as a wonderful salad bar and a dessert bowl – fill up your bowl from the selection of desserts available – see how it’s done below! On our final day we were treated to a jazz band playing in the snow as part of the Briancon jazz festival. We lingered long over our lunch that day!
In Chantemerle itself, we were treated to some fabulous haute cuisine at Triptyque, which lists it’s address as ‘en face de l’eglise’! The restaurant is in the centre of the old town, but has a modern interior and serves a modern inventive menu. To start we had Crumble Vegetarien, which was a creamy mousse of aubergine and goat’s cheese, topped with chunks of spicy crumble, served in a glass bowl. The main course was Wok Vegetarien, a less intriguing, but nonetheless excellent noodle dish with vegetables in a richly flavoured sauce. And for dessert we had Soupe d’Ananas, a whole new taste combination for me, which consisted of two layers of creamed pineapple, the first flavoured with ginger and the second with basil, all served with an excellent vanilla ice cream. This light dessert was a revelation as the flavours worked so well together, and I’m planning to work on a recipe for something similar!