La Cabane des Praz (the Golf Club restaurant)

Gite Details êt November 2nd, 2007

Interior and exterior of restaurant
(Photographs © La Cabane 2006-7)

This restaurant is part of the Golf Club - there’s a collection of buildings around it including the Hotel Labrador. A few years ago it burned down, and has now been rebuilt in a very atttactive ‘log cabin’ style – Finlandais as it’s called here. I’ve heard good recommendations of the food, so we went to try it out.

It’s a lovely building, and even in this low season time, they’d made an effort to decorate it seasonally with autumn leaves and pumpkins – including some enormous pumpkins piled around the outside. The interior is very pretty – spacious and warm, and nicely divided up with booths and other seating areas. Decor is modern, upmarket Alpine, and I quite liked the animatronic polar bear which gives a nice hint of frivolity. It’s mercifully free of golfing memorabilia.

We were brought a lovely amuse-bouche of pumpkin soup while looking over the menu, which is in both French and English. Some very nice seasonal choices on it (which are helpfully marked out clearly) included a very wide selection of local game.

The standout starter was a beautifully presented small pumpkin filled with truffled pumpkin soup and containing seared scallops, held steady on a mashed potato base and surrounded by rocket. This was one of the nicest things I’ve eaten in Chamonix – truly delicious.

My main course was, unfortunately, the wrong dish – some salmon that was a bit uneventful. Everyone else’s was excellent – highlights included lamb cooked for seven hours, a game confit, and the lovely side dishes.

Puddings were inventive, tasty and beautifully presented – my shortbread with nougat icecream and figs was really special.

Overall it was a lovely evening. Personally, I slightly prefer the food at the Eden, as it’s a little lighter, but La Cabane definitely has the edge in terms of decor, it’s really very pretty inside – the warmth of the wood keeps the spacious interior cosy. It’s quite a smart place, though relaxed, and perfect for a special occasion, or a romantic dinner.

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