The winter chill has officially ushered in the ski season across Europe, and enthusiasts hitting the slopes are in for a treat beyond the thrill of the descent.
This article explores the crème de la crème of mountain dining, featuring renowned establishments that promise not only breathtaking views but also culinary experiences that elevate the ski trip to a gastronomic adventure.
Zuma, the iconic Japanese izakaya, has once again opened its doors in the picturesque Kitzbühel, Austria, running from December 1, 2023, to early April 2024.
Nestled near the Hahnenkamm slopes and the medieval town, Zuma beckons travellers to Hotel Weisses Roessl for an unforgettable culinary escapade. This 17th-century gem, recently refurbished, stands in proximity to the historic centre, offering not only exquisite dining but also easy access to local boutiques, cafés, and the casino.
Guests are treated to Zuma’s contemporary izakaya menu, a symphony of flavours that includes fan favourites such as miso-marinated black cod wrapped in hoba leaf and spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chilli, and sweet soy.
Complementing the exquisite cuisine is a selection of crafted cocktails served amidst lively beats by the in-house DJ. Zuma at Kitzbühel is more than a restaurant; it’s an immersive experience where tradition meets modernity on the snowy slopes.
Perched on the mountainside in Megève, the Four Seasons Hotel unveils the culinary masterpiece that is La Dame de Pic – Le 1920, set to reopen on December 15, 2023.
Helmed by Anne Sophie Pic, the most decorated female chef globally, this Michelin-starred restaurant weaves a tale of fine dining against the backdrop of majestic mountains.
The ‘Pic de Midi’ concept, inspired by the mountain landscape, ensures a swift yet indulgent dining experience, lasting under two hours. Skiers can seamlessly transition from the slopes to the elegant ambience of the restaurant, slipping into comfort with hotel-provided slippers.
The ski concierge efficiently handles equipment, allowing guests to relish Anne-Sophie’s ‘must-try’ dish – the Savoyard Berlingot, a delectable fusion of mountain flavours that pays homage to her holiday escapades.
Situated at a lofty 2,344m amidst Switzerland’s mountain tops, The Japanese by The Chedi Andermatt offers a culinary ascent like no other. Run by star chefs ‘The Twins,’ Dominik Sato & Fabio Toffolon, this Michelin-starred restaurant boasts a menu that traverses the diverse landscapes of Japanese cuisine, featuring Shidashi Bento, Omakase, Kaiseki, Sushi, and Tempura.
Guests can bask in the highest Japanese restaurant in Switzerland, enjoying a 360-degree view of the snow-covered slopes and iconic landmarks like the Gotthard Pass, the Oberalp Pass, and the Urseren Valley.
The culinary journey at The Japanese is a testament to the fusion of exquisite cuisine with breathtaking alpine vistas, creating an unforgettable experience for discerning skiers.
Conclusion: A Culinary Odyssey in the Alpine Wonderland
As ski enthusiasts carve their way down the slopes of Europe, these culinary havens provide a respite, combining gastronomic excellence with panoramic views. From the contemporary allure of Zuma in Kitzbühel to the Michelin-starred extravaganza at La Dame de Pic – Le 1920 in Megève and the elevated dining experience at The Japanese in Switzerland, these restaurants redefine the apres-ski scene, inviting travellers to indulge in a symphony of tastes amidst the snowy peaks.
As the ski season unfolds, these culinary gems stand as beacons, promising an unforgettable blend of adventure, elegance, and unparalleled dining.