Ferme de Montagne, Les Gets, Haute Savoie
There’s a small chalet-hotel in the alpine village of Les Gets that is producing amazing food from it’s tiny rectangular kitchen. Dinner at the Farm is a gastronomic treat that you don’t really expect in a ski resort. A starter of salmon gravadlax with sweet pickled vegetables and a gin and tonic gel is a delicious creation. It’s original and full of flavour. The combination of the salmon and the gel intensifies with each mouthful. And that’s just the start of a nightly gastronomic experience…….
The kitchen cooks for about 16 guests each evening. The quality of the food, the service and the ambiance is quite exceptional. Eating in the dining room a few nights ago I found myself watching a well choreographed dance as the service of the dinner progressed from ‘amuse bouche’ through seven courses of well thought out and beautifully presented plates.
Each dish is enthusiastically and eloquently explained by Tamara, the restaurant manager. Meanwhile Elliott, behind the bar is mixing delicious cocktails including an Espresso Martini and a fantastic looking Mojito. All fresh ingredients and delicious flavours.
It’s always a challenge to find really good food in the mountains, especially in ski resorts. Here in Les Gets the Ferme de Montagne is producing the highest quality menus every evening for its lucky guests. Even if you don’t ski it is worth a trip to sample the delights of the kitchen. What’s even more impressive is that the chalet, as a seasonal business, is almost completely restaffed every season. Each year a new team has to be interviewed, selected, and trained. A few days at The Dorchester on Park Lane, London is part of the initiation. It sets the standard required of the staff. As a regular visitor to the ‘Ferme’ I have to say that this year’s team is probably one of the best!
Ferme de Montagne is owned and run by Suzanne Dixon-Hudson and her charming architect-husband Henry. The restaurant is open every evening (except Wednesday) from December until about 20th April. If you find yourself in the Geneva area, then take a detour to Les Gets, it’s about an hour south of Lac Leman and well worth the visit. Don’t forget to order an Espresso Martini!
STOP PRESS – Ferme de Montagne has won the Trip Advisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence – Congratulations to all the team!