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February 2015
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The Panoramic: the highest chic bistro in France

The Panoramic: the highest chic bistro in France. Photo 1: © P-ROYER, Photo 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8: The Panoramic © Merci. Courtesy of The Panoramic

Forget all about high-altitude self-service. At the Panoramic, in Tignes, there are no lukewarm sausage and chips but a high-end “bistronomic” experience! Winner of the Master-Restauranteur award in 2013, Jean-Michel Bouvier’s restaurant is the first to reach the true ‘heights’ of the pistes (at 3032m!). Here, everything is super cosy, padded with animal skins and warm wood furniture. This spot offers you a 4-star service, with the chance to ease off your ski-boots and swap them for a pair of soft, furry slippers. Then, take a seat in the large dining room, with open kitchens where meats roast away on the giant hearth. Already waiting for you on the table are breads and dried diots. The menu is extensive, allowing you to taste carvings of veal, milky pork shoulder grilled in the fireplace, spit-roast chicken or Breton lobster braised in the crackling fire. And how could you resist the selection of deserts, including fruit tarts, Vacherin, chocolate gateaux, mousse and various meringues that catch your eye? It is near impossible to slip your skis back and leave warm and elegant place where Jean-Michel Bouvier jovially manages a squadron of young waiters dressed as mountain-dwellers. And if you love the décor, Catherine Bouvier runs a boutique on site (the highest artisanal boutique in Europe!) in which you can hunt for durable mountain objects created by local artisans who work with wool, wood, metal, earth, wax and stone…

The Panoramic website: www.jeanmichelbouvier.com

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