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“How to avoid the "tender madness" next door”
Review of La Fruitiere

La Fruitiere
Ranked #22 of 104 Restaurants in Val d'Isere
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$28 - US$45
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
Description: HIGH, CLASS, DINING(butcher, cheese maker, fishmonger, wine maker, baker..) and the modern, specially adapted techniques required (low-temperature slow cooking, heat-immersion, vacuum and pressure cooking…). The whole menu makes maximum use of quality local (Savoyarde) produce, an open invitation to indulge in the superb regional food culture. La Fruiterie is equally original in its interior design, taking its inspiration from the old mountain dairies, with a thoroughly modern design interpretation: from the white metal milk churns to the regional Beaufort styled furniture, the visible zinc pipework to the staff uniforms. The staff team are young, enthusiastic and dynamic, from the kitchens to the front of house, the emphasis is on a totally cool client/staff rapport, creating powerful customer loyalty.
Reviewed 16 April 2018

La Fruitiere


La Fruitière is the restaurant slap-bang beside the famous Folie Douce bar/cabaret/bear-pit on the Bellevarde slopes of Val D'Isère and which is owned by the same people.
I have long had a horror of visits to the over-priced, over-crowded, over-loud Folie Douce, but then I am not the target market and somewhere deep inside I can reluctantly understand its popularity. However, if you are of similar disposition but still want to visit, I can heartily recommend lunch at La Fruitiere. The sunny terrace is shared by the bar and the restaurant but on snowy days, the interior of the restaurant - and old dairy - is bright and airy in a shabby-chic sort of way, with old milk pails made available to store the inevitable paraphernalia of skiing (Goggles, gloves, helmets, buffs....).
On my most recent visit, my husband requested to sit outside and we were first led to a table right under an enormous speaker with music pumping at a volume that made the knives and forks dance on the table. A quick word with the very efficient and busy hostess and we were moved to the table at the very far end of the terrace, a sunny spot beautifully sheltered from the wind with a perfectly good view of the Alice in Wonderland themed cabaret that was whipping up the crowd on the other side of the terrace.
The food at la Fruitière is surprisingly good, given that it could easily rest on its laurels. I had the Argentinian steak - a tender, luscious lump of meat with a sweet shallot sauce, served with a side of mashed potato mixed with reblochon cheese. I think I may have licked the plate to ensure I got every morsel of that cheese. The beef cheek stew is also tender, rich and very copious. Prices aren't cheap but you're up a very high mountain, surrounded by the most glorious scenery so they are not unreasonable, with mains between €20 - 35. There is an extensive wine list with some decent bottles around the €25 - 40 mark (again, you're up a very high mountain). The service is speedy and efficient and very friendly. A late lunch at 2pm, another bottle of wine to help dull the noise of the show next door, and an hour or so in the sun watching the crowds descend the slopes to join in the tender madness at the bar next door. Top tip - take the "eggs" down rather than attempt to ski through the post-show drunken skiers.

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Remi M, Responsable relations clients at La Fruitiere, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

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Thank you for your very complete comment on your experience at La Fruitière which will help us to improve !

We are delighted to read that you have enjoyed the food and hope to see you again very soon

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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

This place offer French traditional regional food. Service is great, good is fine and tasty. Book in advance always crowded

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Remi M, Responsable relations clients at La Fruitiere, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

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Thank you for your comment ! We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your meal and we hope to see you again very soon.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

Reserve to come to La Fruitiere, it’s a buzzing in demand place, though there is additional outdoor seating. The restaurant is stylishly done out, more reminiscent of a south of France bistro then a mountain lodge & tables are tightly wedged in. Staff were lovely & food delivery prompt. The food itself was a mixed bag with some dishes mediocre, some good & one fish dish (the sole) close to inedible. I returned it & wasn’t charged. Prices are high with soups & other starters €20+ & main courses upwards of €30. Overall a very enjoyable experience & we would return for the great ambience.

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Remi M, Responsable relations clients at La Fruitiere, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018
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Merci pour votre commentaire très complet sur votre expérience à La Fruitière qui va nous servir à nous améliorer !

Nous sommes ravis de lire que vous avez appréciez la nourriture et espérons vous revoir très prochainement

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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

Astonishingly bad service. The place was only half seated. Literally had to ask the waiters 5 or 6 times for water over the course of 45 minutes and they just ignored us. Went the the bar to get water which they refused! I could not believe how bad it was, a surreal experience. The food was great but not worth the aggravation. The wait staff ruined the meal. Wish tips were not included in France. :((((

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Remi M, Responsable relations clients at La Fruitiere, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

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We're sorry to read that you weren't satisfied with your meal at La Fruitière!

Our customers are generally more than satisfied with our service can be a bad day as there are everywhere :)

We will be happy to welcome you again to catch up on this bad experience!

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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Expensive but that’s what you expect up the mountain. Great food and atmosphere gets really really busy so make sure you book. The wine room is fab so if you can ask to sit down there if the weather is not great. They give huge sleeping bags for when you sit outside :?

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Remi M, Responsable relations clients at La Fruitiere, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

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Thank for the review ! We're glad you had a good time, If you enjoyed the wine cellar you will love our cigar cellar next time ! See you soon at La Fruitière !
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