When a ski resort restaurant has a Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand, it simply must be tried out. Especially when it is located at the entrance of one of my favourite winter sport villages in the Pyrenees: Font-Romeu. Restaurant La Chaumière puts great care into the finer things of life and serves beautiful Catalan inspired dishes in a cosy atmosphere. Leave your hiking shoes or ski boots outside and get yourself ready for a quality feast!
The family and I planned a little holiday in the French Pyrenees last August. We had been to Font-Romeu in winter, but it is also a great destination in summer! As La Chaumière was on my wish-list of restaurants to visit, I made us a reservation. The minute we entered the warmly decorated chalet in mountain spirit, I knew we were up for a first-class treat. Chéri noticed the classy set tables as well and wondered how on earth I had found this place. He was expecting a burger with chips in a simple ski resort-style restaurant…
Owners Placida and François Will first bought La Chaumière in 1994 to create a welcoming restaurant to fit their own taste. After a couple of years, they sold it in 2003 to start new adventures. However, La Chaumière had stayed in their hearts and they couldn’t forget about it. As fate would have it, the adorable couple had the opportunity to rebuy the restaurant, and they have reigned over it again ever since. Needless to say that they don’t serve fast food at La Chaumière. Instead, we enjoyed some lovingly prepared food made with local and organic produce. As a starter, Chéri had an original salmon gravlax marinated in rooibos, while I enjoyed a delicious toast with bean paste and summer truffles.
The kids were slightly disappointed too that they couldn’t find a burger on the menu. However, the pièce de boucher (the butcher’s meat) Oldest and Chéri shared, brought a big smile to both faces. The twins were happy with their homemade chicken strips that came with an old fashioned potato mash. And I had a lip-smacking vegetarian risotto that was creamy and richly filled with beautiful summer vegetables. Dessert-wise everything was spot on as well. The kids had an ice-cream, while Chéri dived into his various strawberry surprises. Being a follower of Escoffier, the famous French chef, François Will served a real Pêche Melba, which I had never tried before. And it was fabulous too! We could only but conclude that La Chaumière is a fantastic asset to Font-Romeu.