Dinner at Cheval Blanc Courchevel
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This was a truly exceptional meal at the 3* Michelin restaurant Le 1947 in Courchevel 1850 at the Cheval Blanc Hotel. A beautiful and very intimate dining room of just 12 covers when I dined. I believe they can seat 20. This is a Yannick Alléno restaurant of the famed Paris 3* Pavillon Ledoyen on the Champs Elysées. Although the day to day head chef is Gérard Barbin, a hugely talented and very personable chap who took a lot of time to engage me directly regarding the menu and cooking techniques. Aside from the outstanding cookery, the service was impeccable and it was nice to see all the lead service staff were female with just a male Sommelier and male bus boys. For me their expert knowledge of all the dishes and competent table side skills at finishing a lot of the dishes took the whole experience to the next level. This was a far cry from the snooty French service I experience sometimes in Paris. The only slight negative was the sommelier. The wine service made me feel as though it was maybe the main sommelier’s day off. Possible a language barrier but i would not expect that in any 3* restaurant. This restaurant is not for the faint of heart as the bill was an eye watering €700 for me alone. And I did not go particularly crazy on the wine. Everyone else in the dining room was clearly very wealthy and I detected quite a few Russian accents which should give you an idea of the type of clientele this place attracts. Indeed, one gentleman had booked a table just for himself not to eat any food but to spend the evening working his way through some of the incredible wines that the restaurant offer at a price per 1cl. These were bottles that were priced in the tens of thousands of euro in the wine list. All in all I loved it and will go back at the next given opportunity. An OAD must visit.