Search out this hidden gem of a Val d’Isere restaurant, found down a little path between Bar XV and Baraque opposite the bus station, for its famous cote de boeuf cooked on an open fire in the heart of the dining room. Restaurant 1789 is a cosy living-room style diner where everyone’s welcomed by owners Isabelle and Minet as if they were family.
In the mountains hearty meals consisting of meat, cheese and potatoes are de rigueur. Before modern transport, when travel in the mountains was extremely difficult, winter diets were limited to what would keep for long periods in storage. Fortunately, all those carbs are just what you need to refuel and warm up after a full day on the hill. Look out for the very cheesy tartiflette, fondue and raclette, and the equally meaty cote de boeuf.