Before you read on this may take a while to describe our experience at this restaurant, so apologies for the length of this review...
We’ve been coming to Tignes from the early 2000’s so have seen lots of changes and many restaurants come & go. We like to try new ones and use TA to give us ideas for where to visit. L’Arti is currently number one and despite it being at the opposite end of the resort to where we stay we decided to give it a try.
Our first thoughts on arrival were that they had crammed too many tables into a small space. Ours was a table for 2 right by the kitchen entrance, 6 inches away from the next table, and quite frankly I kept getting bashed on the back as there was not enough room for the constant flow of people passing me. The chairs are uncomfortable plastic ‘IKEA’ style but at least we weren’t on a high table with stools, as they looked even less relaxing and I feel if we had been asked to sit at one of those we would have left. The decor is that of a place trying to be modern but it’s just 1970’s concrete walls painted bright red with a pair of retro red skis on the wall to add ‘charm’.
There was only one waitress so it took about 10 minutes to be asked what we would like to drink - too long in my opinion, and she wanted to take our food order at the same time, which we were’t ready to do.
The menu is quite pricey, with cheapest three course option at €37. From this we chose snails, in a deep fried balls which my husband really enjoyed. I had courgette soup, which was ok but nothing special.
After that the beef check was delicious but there was nothing on the plate as a filler, so we were glad of extra bread. The risotto however was a very small portion and had one large prawn in it - very disappointing and left me wanting more food.
Which leads us on to desert! Cold puddings never impress me but these had been pre-prepared and arrived a minute after we ordered them. The ‘Tiramisu’ bore no resemblance to the classic Italian delicacy and can only be described as a glass Kilner jar full of pale slop which lacked flavour. Having said this, the ‘Crumble’ was even worse and I couldn’t eat it. Again, another glass pot filled with a chocolatey mousse with enormous pieces of biscuit mixed into it - they were too big for a mouthful and too hard to break with a spoon so I gave up.
This restaurant is trying to be something different, which it is I suppose, but with such small portions and uncomfortable surroundings we left feeling dissatisfied and disappointed. There are so many other restaurants in Tignes better than this we are astounded it has such a high rating. Perhaps it is the best option for those staying in Lavachet but you only have to jump on the bus to get to other superb places in Le Lac or Val Claret.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.