La Ferme de Victorine
It seems like centuries ago that Victorine Ansanay-Alex opened up this bar/fine food store in a farmhouse chalet! And for almost the past 30 years, her grandson, James (of the same last name), has been running the restaurant that’s decorated with cowhide chairs, big communal tables and deer antler chandeliers. You’ll find his brother-in-law taking care of clients while, his brothers care for their Abondance cattle outside… What should you expect? Only fine produce (meats, vegetables, cheeses) proposed in classic dishes (fondue Savoyarde for €23) or more spirited recipes, like the European whitefish caught by Bernard Curt in Annecy, steamed and served with toasted quinoa, yellow and red carrots, and an emulsified fumet (€28). His €33 menu is also worth trying, which included a cream of lentils on diot sausage rounds; beautiful slices of free-range pork loin confit served with fingerling potatoes, a sweet potato, carrot and sunchoke purée and a full-bodied jus; before an assortment of crème brûlées – verbena, vanilla and chicory the day we went. To go with it all, there’s a nice selection of local wines: a Roussette-de-Savoie from Giachino (€39 a bottle), La Brova 2006, an Arbin from Magnin (€68), Octavie, a Persan from Adrien Berlioz (€54) or a Mondeuse from La Cave du Prieuré de Barlet & Fils (€6 a glass). Set menu €27 (weekday lunch), menus €33, €43 and €59. // A.S.