La Cabane des Praz – Les Praz de Chamonix, Chamonix, France

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If you read my recent post on How to Ski Chamonix you’ll notice that there was one restaurant that I raved about in particular – La Cabane des Praz.  Situated in the small village of Les Praz de Chamonix, the restaurant can be reached via a black run or the Cable Car from the Flégère ski area if you’re skiing.  You can also get there in 10 minutes in the car from the centre of Chamonix.

We happened upon  it, completely by accident!  Having skied all morning we were starving and decided to head down the black run into the village to find a restaurant.  Somewhere along the way we must have taken a wrong turn and we ended up skiing onto the snow-covered Chamonix golf course! Oops!  After some cross-country skiing (walking) across the golf course we were exhausted and tired by the time we made it to the village so we decided just to go into the first restaurant we got to!  We lucked out big time!

La Cabane des Praz looks like a ski lodge from the outside but inside it is obvious that it is slightly more upmarket than your normal ski resort restaurant.  We were a bit embarrassed to walk in, sweaty and in our ski gear but were soon made to feel at home.  They even let us in, in our ski boots!  We were shown to a lovely cosy table by the window so we could look out over snow-covered golf course!  In the summer you can sit outside on the terrace and there are fantastic views over the mountains too.La Cabane des Praz - Les Praz de Chamonix, Chamonix, France by Emma Eats & Explores

We started with the wine list which was very extensive!  We settled on a Guigal Cotes du Rhone 2012 – a complete bargain at only €25!  It was full of crisp red fruits with a hint of smoke and vanilla.  A perfect lunchtime wine that wouldn’t be too heavy (we had more skiing to do that afternoon) but would go fabulously with the main courses we had all chosen.

The Food at La Cabane des Praz

La Cabane des Praz has quite an extensive menu and everything sounded absolutely delicious.  We could’ve started with oysters if we’d wanted and there were all the usual Savoyard Specialities.  Fondues, Pierre Chaudes (hot stones that you cook your meat on) and Tartiflette!

I couldn’t get past the first page though!  The beef carpaccio caught my eye and i just had to order it even though it was only a starter!  I just couldn’t resist as it was all my favourite flavours on one plate!  And an enormous portion!  I was a bit worried that it wouldn’t be enough as I was so hungry but I needn’t have been.  Definitely glad I didn’t order a main course as well – it was plenty.  I found the beef was so deliciously tender and it just melted in my mouth.  And paired with the parmesan, pine nuts and artichokes, it was heaven on a plate.La Cabane des Praz - Les Praz de Chamonix, Chamonix, France by Emma Eats & Explores

Dan and Fordy decided on the Slow Cooked (7 hours) Lamb with mashed potato and sautéed vegetables.  You could tell this had definitely been cooked for that long as it fell apart and was incredibly tender and delicious.  I had to sneak a taste.  If there was one slight criticism it was that the portion was slightly small for hungry (greedy) boys who had been skiing all day.  However, had we ordered starters or desserts it would have been plenty big enough.  Beautifully presented and it was nice to get some vegetables.  You don’t often see vegetables on offer for lunch in ski resorts!!La Cabane des Praz - Les Praz de Chamonix, Chamonix, France by Emma Eats & Explores

Mark ordered the Savoyard classic – Tartiflette – a kind of cheesy, creamy, bacon and potato gratin, cooked in the oven with plenty more melted cheese on the top.  Perfect skiing fodder and I was so jealous I couldn’t eat it – it did look absolutely delicious!  And tasted incredible he assured me!  Definitely not a small portion either – it was enormous but he still managed to get through it all!La Cabane des Praz - Les Praz de Chamonix, Chamonix, France by Emma Eats & Explores

The Verdict

We ended up ordering a second bottle of wine and would probably have stayed all day had the mountains not been beckoning.  For such amazing food and delicious wine, the bill only came to €50 a head.  I thought that was incredibly reasonable for the quality of the food.  We even joked to each other that we should come back for lunch everyday!  A delicious meal and fantastic wine in a cosy, elegant environment for a decent price.  What more could you want!  I can’t recommend La Cabane des Praz enough – it was the best meal we had during our trip!

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78 Comments Add yours

  1. Annie says:

    Love the look and style of the restaurant – and the food looks delicious!

  2. What a great post! That food looks absolutely amazing by the way!

  3. katykicker says:

    I absolutely love chamonix and the food here looks lovely!

  4. robin masshole mommy says:

    SOunds like a great place to eat. The food looks amazing.

  5. This place looks lovely. Good food is a must after a days skiing.

  6. chelf says:

    very stylish restaurant

  7. rhianwestbury says:

    Such a good price for the wine, and the food looks really good x

  8. This looks like just my style! Definitely on my list for my next visit to France!

  9. Ana De-Jesus says:

    I love that the portions are so big and that it is great value for money. The decor is lovely as well xx

  10. What a lovely looking restaurant! The food sounds amazing too – love the sound of the tartiflette! x

  11. Oh wow the food looks AMAZING!! I love French cuisine, so many gorgeous dishes!

  12. kage2015 says:

    Wasn’t luck it was fate. You were meant to find that wonderful restaurant .

  13. SarrieWEBD says:

    Not only does the food look mouth watering, but the rustic cabin setting appears so welcoming. I hope the mountains treated you well after!

  14. The potato gratin is literally my idea of heaven, maybe I need to take up skiing! xx

  15. Jenny says:

    That sounds like a lovely discovery, I think the best food is always like this!

  16. Oh my goodness, that food looks so delicious. What a real treat to eat here! Kaz

  17. Amy says:

    The lamb dinner looks amazing! What a beautiful place to eat.

  18. I love the restaurant’s cozy ambiance! It looks like a giant log cabin! I was reading through your description of each and every dish you had and I can imagine how delicious they were! I could have that potato gratin everyday for the rest of my life!

  19. Love finding those places that are tucked away and absolutely amazing! The food does look good!

  20. What a romantic little dig! I wish I could find a place like that near me!

  21. Scott says:

    I’ve already eaten dinner tonight, but your photos just made my stomach growl. Thanks a lot!

  22. alisonrost says:

    My husband and I always love visiting new restaurants! They usually have interesting new wines to try and are a wealth of inspiration for my food blog. The dreamy looking potato gratin? Oh dear .. I’m with you .. I couldn’t eat it .. but it sure looks delish! Thanks for a fun review. The photo of you guys made me smile!

  23. I have always wanted to visit France!! I will visit one day and I will make sure to visit this place. It looks gorgeous.

  24. themomnoms says:

    That is hilarious how you ended up upon this restaurant. The food looks amazing. I probably wouldn’t have made it past the first page either!

  25. Elizabeth O. says:

    It sounds like a wonderful restaurant that’s perfect when you’re looking for a good place to take a break from skiing or to end the day as well. The food sounds so good!

  26. La Cabane des Praz sounds too good to be true. The Decor is so classy dn beautiful, the food sounds scrumptious, and the prices are reasonable for the quality and overall experience. It’s also so cool that you just stumbled upon it while skiing in Chamonix. This is both a practical recommendation and a great story.

  27. The food looks absolutely amazing! How great that it was all so reasonably priced too.

  28. Shoshana Sue says:

    Firstly I am in love with the restaurant’s decor! It is oddly beautiful.
    Now to the food. Wowzers, are the portions that huge? This is one restaurant I would always eat at if I could then!

  29. annalisanuttall says:

    This look a lovely restaurant. The food look delish. I would love to visit. xx

  30. I like the log cabin design of this restaurant. It’s a perfect combination of rustic and classy. It sounds like y’all had a wonderful time. The food looks delicious. I’m not sure what I would have chosen.

  31. Ooh I’m feeling peckish now! Looks like a lovely place and the prices was fab too!

  32. Clair says:

    The food looks amazing! Making me very jealous as I tuck to my morning porridge x

  33. Well my Weetabix suddenly looks less exciting now I have sat here and read this x

  34. Krista Bel says:

    Nothing better than eating to your heart’s content and discovering the bill is not as high as you’d imagine

  35. exexadmin says:

    The food looks amazing. The tartiflette looked like my personal favorite.

  36. I love the foods. It looks so beautiful especially the beef carpaccio.

  37. The food looks delicious and beautiful especially the beef carpaccio.

  38. Such a wonderful post. The place and food look spectacular.

  39. Karlyn Cruz says:

    Great views, great foods and great place! Truly awesome. I always wanted to get there in France. Hopefully, someday I’ll get there.

  40. Kathy Myers says:

    Oh my this looks amazing. I haven’t had Lamb in years. What a beautiful restaurant!!

  41. Angie says:

    I love stumbling on places like that. The restaurant is beautiful and the food looks delicious.

  42. Sarah Bailey says:

    The price (€50) is absolutely good value for money. I like the rustic vibe of this restaurant.

  43. Ugh! I would love to travel just so I can eat food. LOL You read that right. I want to travel to eat different cultural foods. I couldn’t imagine how fresh the ingredients are compared to the US.

  44. colleen wool says:

    The food looks delicious. The place also looks amazing.

  45. The food looks so amazing! I’m pinning this!

  46. Amber says:

    Ooo this place looks fabulous. All the food looks delicious!

  47. Emma white says:

    The food looks amazing! i love the style of the hotel to, it really adds character to it!

  48. steph_baybee says:

    This place looks so nice, really really tasty. I love the decor of the place too!

  49. This food certainly looks unique. It does look like a wonderful place to visit though!

  50. The tartiflette made my heart cringe. I am hungry as I write this. I want a pjece of it!!!!

  51. natalielovesbeauty says:

    It looks like such a quaint restaurant. Kind of reminds me of a sugar shack, with everything made from wood!

  52. The food & the place looks amazing! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 xo

  53. I would definitely agree that you lucked out with this one! Those dishes look absolutely amazing.

  54. Rosey says:

    My grown boys swear by slow cooked food, so I bet they’d have liked the lamb. I’m not sure they’ve ever had it. Glad you had a nice time.

  55. The style and cusine looks very different I think my husband would fit right in ha ha.

  56. Everything looks delicious and I bet my hubby would love this too. I want to go in this kind of restaurant

  57. Joanna says:

    The food looks so yummy! I also love beef carpaccio and I would have probably ordered it as well as a starter but I think I would have ordered the lamb too. & hours slow cooked, the flavours must be divine!

  58. eazynazy says:

    That resturant looks so romantic and food looks mouth watering

  59. The restaurant looks fab and the food looks tasty.

  60. ChelseaMamma says:

    Looks like a fabulous place to eat and I hope you had a lovely holiday

  61. What a neat place with so much character! That Tartiflette looks amazing! I’m gonna see if I can find a recipe for that…

  62. Kerry norris says:

    It does look very swish. Looked fab though. My goodness that carpaccio looks unbelievable. I am salivating x

  63. Perla says:

    The beef carpaccio caught my eye too and I can wait to eat that soon. This restaurant is pretty awesome.
    Good for you had such a nice vacation! I hate winter, snow and cold weather, so I avoid traveling in wintertime.

  64. Oh my, that food looks AMAZING! I would have been in heaven with that cheesy potato gratin! I can almost smell it from here!

  65. The presentation of food is beautiful. Although I do not eat meat , I admit the slow cooked lamb for 7 hours with mashed potatoes sounds like a great dish for my family.

  66. Sounds a good restaurant and everything looks yummy. I want to go in this kind of restaurants

  67. Looks like a wonderful place. When my husband and I visit I’m going to make sure it’s on our list of places to dine.

  68. Leticia says:

    Looks like you had such an amazing time, I really need a get away soon! Looks so fun and the food looks to die for aha, how tasty ☺️ Great post!

  69. Looks like a great place to eat. Love the menu options.

  70. helenvella says:

    Looks very nice, next time I am in France I will give it a try, your wine choice was very nice 🙂

  71. Anna says:

    The food looks delish, I would definitely visit when im in France. x

  72. Vanessa says:

    What a great find. That Tartiflette is calling my name. Anything with potatoes and cheese is yummm.

  73. The restaurant looks so cozy and definitely enjoyable to dine-in 🙂

  74. shaunawlkr79 says:

    wow lamb that takes 7 hours to cook! I sure hope it was delicious! I would opt in for the wine and be happy myself 😉

  75. I look forward reading your posts. Another bucket list trip just to try the food. Everything looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

  76. danay says:

    All of the food looks divine, but that Beef Carpaccio!

  77. This place looks amazing! I’ve not been to France in years.

    Louise x

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