This relaxed piste side restaurant in Val d'isere has been a popular choice with skiers for a number of years, so whilst I was visiting I thought it would be rude not to check it out.
As it was a sunny day, I choose to sit outside on La Gourmandine's large terrace overlooking the Rogoney chairlift and surrounding mountains. The terrace has plenty of tables as well some deck chairs - a good spot to enjoy a refreshing afternoon beer in. However, if you choose to dine inside you will find warm traditional alpine decor with wooden furnishings.
I decided to go for the plat du jour which was 'Parmentier de Canard' (a duck pie with a potato topping) which came with a seasonal salad for €19. This delicious and well presented dish was a nice alternative from the staple menu options of sandwiches and burgers. In fact, if you are after a large, good burger to get you through an afternoon of skiing, from what I understand, this is the place to come! Back to pie, if you get a chance to try it, then do. The sauce with the meat beats any gravy to wash down the potato topping with, not to mention it will definitely fill you up before you hit the slopes.
Prices are pretty reasonable for Val d'Isere and the service is second to none. My order was taken and the dish served within a matter of minutes. However, being such a popular place, it appears to get pretty busy between 1:00pm - 2:00pm so the service might take slightly longer then.
Overall, I would really recommend this place to those that want a more casual, reasonable priced, table service restaurant, close to the slopes. As an added benefit the staff are charming and couldn't be more friendly.
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