France: Savoie

Around Chambéry and Aix les Bains

Wines from the Combe de Savoie, Mont Granier & Jongieux
By Wink Lorch

This Guide was last updated on 18 July 2013
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Le Saint André

Address: Lac Saint André, 73800 Les Marches
Tel: 04 79 28 11 71  Fax: 04 79 72 23 58
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 45:29:40N (45.494435)    Longitude: 5:59:18E (5.98839) 

This restaurant by the pretty Lac St-André is unexpectedly good. You think that a lake such as this would have, at best, a café, but actually this is a very decent, small restaurant with contemporary decor and a terrace for when the weather is good. The two-course weekday lunch offers good value; at other times the three course menu provides a couple of choices for each course and the menu changes with the seasons. There is also a blackboard special offered, which was very good-looking steak last time we visited. The food is nicely presented and not over-spiced, allowing the original flavours of the ingredients to show through. The wine list is well chosen, though I would like to see the Savoie selection expand with more by the glass. What's there is good, though and fairly priced. Walk off your lunch around the little lake afterwards, though if you want a good photo of Mont Granier, because of the sun direction, it's best to get that before lunch!

Useful information: Menus: €14.50 (2 course weekday lunch) and €33. Closed Tuesday evening and all day Sunday (except May-September) and Monday. Closed for a week early January, and a week or two after Easter holidays.

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