Saturday, 10 October 2009

Le Fiacre, Chatel

It can be hard to find veggie-friendly food in France (although, as it happens, Paris is the first place where I ever saw soya yoghurts in a normal supermarket).

Châtel is a small town near the French-Swiss border, a lovely spot for skiing, but apparently not a place where vegetarians are commonplace - several restaurants had not a single veggie option on the menu.

We were staying with friends, and had reservations at Le Fiacre for New Year's Eve. I'll confess that after previous restaurant experiences in Châtel, I was a little bit worried about what I'd get to eat.

There wasn't a great deal of choice, but at least there was choice, and in the end I had the vegetarian pizza - assorted vegetables and a fried egg, on a very thin stonebaked pizza base, which was pretty perfect as pizzas go.

For dessert, I couldn't resist the chocolate fudge pudding:


You can tell you've ordered the most expensive dessert when it comes with the name of the restaurant piped in chocolate fondant... but this pudding was also accompanied by butterscotch sauce, raspberry sauce, mango coulis, whipped cream (which I gave to my husband) and vanilla ice-cream. There wasn't much left on the plate when I'd finished with it!

In typical French style the restaurant was very relaxed, service was fairly slow (certainly not rushed), and we had the table for the whole evening. The prices showed no sign of being inflated for New Year, which impressed me, and I'd certainly go again at any time of year.

Address:Chef Lieu, 74390 Châtel, France
Date Visited:31 December 2008

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