It's All About The Eating: All our holidays, no matter where, tend to involve 3 significant meals punctuating the day, with some small gaps in between, during which there tends to be much discussion about what or where the next meal will be. On our honeymoon we spent more money on food each day than we did on our hotel (it was Italy). One of the things we love most about Morzine, and the surrounding mountains and valleys, is that the food is consistently excellent pretty much wherever you go. Added to which there's usually a serious view to go along with it. We've been out at the chalet this week for a few spring days to sort out a few things now that the snows have melted and the season has ended. There has been exterior cladding oiling, grass seeding, flower planting, and tree felling - more of all these things anon. In between the chalet maintenance, there has been food, of course. And on this trip, it feels like we've eaten particularly well.
Hotel du Parc des Eaux Vives: Starting with this incredible restaurant. We landed 4 hours late at Geneva Airport (We took 42 EasyJet flights last year, and not one was late - so, really we were overdue for some bad luck travel wise) after a maintenance issue, and rushed over for last lunch orders to this place. It was our 10 year anniversary, so we wanted to head somewhere special to celebrate. It is about 15 minutes drive from the airport, and is a fantastic pit stop along the way up the mountain. It was due to torrentially thunder and rain, so we were extremely lucky to have actual bursts of sunshine and warmth, and be able to sit out on their wonderful terrace. The view is pretty much one of the best ever, surely. Down from the terrace, across the park (where you can also hire a picnic from the restaurant and sit on the grass), and down to the lake and across to the far mountains. We would go back for the view alone, except that the food was also completely amazing. We had the set menu, which I would recommend as there were things we'd never have chosen off the menu, and turned out to be the best dishes by far (haddock with a polenta cream sauce, and shaved asparagus). All in all a hearty recommendation for a special occasion, and we will definitely return, and negotiate over who is to be the designated driver for the rest of the way after an afternoon on the extremely nice rose.
La Muratore: We drove down to Thonon to buy some wood cladding oil, and made a day of it by driving on to Evian to do some exploring. The day we went it was tipping it down with rain. The sort of rain where someone's left the tap on in the sky on far too long. Utterly grim. And no umbrella. We had a quick explore in the pedestrianised centre of Evian, where of course nothing was open (it was lunchtime) and felt like not a soul was around. Of course because everyone is at lunch for a proper break. We dived into La Muratore, which is right in the centre, right at the end of their lunch service. It was a little on the pricey side - but as we discovered, worth absolutely every single penny. I had the scallop risotto, which wasn't really a risotto after all, but rather 4 GIANT scallops on their own individual beds of saffron risotto with chorizo and vegetable garnish. I'm absolutely certain I haven't had better scallops anywhere. It was also enormous. Darren had steak tartar, which was so incredibly seasoned and garnished that it didn't taste like raw beef, but something else entirely. Both absolutely delicious. We shared the lemon pudding, which was also one of the best things we've ever had. We will definitely return here too.
Restaurant Le Jules Verne: A beautifully bluebird sunny day led to a proper tourist day out down the valley - via the Devil's Bridge Gorge, and down to the medieval town of Yvoire and to the beach. We ate lunch at the Jules Verne restaurant, at the dock in Yvoire. Pretty much all the restaurants in Yvoire have the same (or a very similar) menu, and all are extremely similarly priced, no matter where it is, on the lake or in the town. So it's really about where you want to sit, rather than what you want to eat or for how much. We had the lake fish fillets with chips, with a lemon butter sauce. Totally delicious, if slightly expensive, but the setting and the view, as well as the sunshine, made the whole thing entirely worthwhile. Added to which, Yvoire is really worth a visit anyway, it was SO pretty.