If you want a good meal with an equally good atmosphere, l'Etale is a fail-safe option. It's in the centre of Morzine, just down from the Pleney Telecabine and always has a queue of people waiting to be seated- which is always a good sign.
Vincent (the owner) and his energetic team of staff are always happy to see you despite having to run round crazily trying to serve everyone. We go back to l'Etale time and time again, here's why.
The atmosphere in the restaurant is buzzing and always a hive of activity. Even in quieter parts of the season it remains full which make it a lively and entertaining place to go for a night out. If you haven't booked a table you may have to wait a while to be seated but there's a couple of bar areas that help take the sting out of that issue. You'll either be seated in the restaurant itself or on the inside terrace area. Both are packed full of tables and quite cosy but it does seem to add to the bustling atmosphere.
We were on a table on the terrace this time, which also meant we could do a bit of people watching as the evening fell on Morzine. Our waitress was quick to take our drinks order and we chose a bottle of local wine from the extensive menu. We sipped on the beautifully chilled wine, a Crepy, whilst looking at the eclectic, varied food menu. From pizza and salad to Savoyard specialities like fondue and raclette, there really is something for everyone's taste buds.
We opted for pork ribs, tartiflette and a salad. But with such a diverse selection, it certainly took us a while to choose. There was much deliberation about whether or not to go for the fondue, which looked fantastic as it was delivered to tables near by. The pizzas also looked delicious. Knowing we'd be back again soon helped us stick to our guns though. The food arrived pretty quickly considering the volume of people in the restaurant and we were certainly satisfied with our choices.
The ribs were accompanied with a plate of salty french fries which were very tasty. The meat was coated in a BBQ dressing and was demolished pretty instantly. The tartiflette was the cheesiest I've tried but also went down pretty easily. If you don't know what tartiflette is- it's a cheese lovers dream: potatoes and bacon covered in cheese. It's simple but it really works. The salad was fresh, well dressed and a perfect size.
On this occasion we didn't have a pudding but I can tell you from previous experience - they are fantastic. Some of the ice creams coming out of the kitchen look amazing! If you're a cocktail person - their cocktail menu is also pretty extensive and worth a try. Be warned, the Mojito was pretty strong when I tried it.
We spent around 30 euros each on our meal, which, considering we treated ourselves to a decent bottle of wine and had some rather costly dishes, wasn't bad. It's a really fun place to go for an evening out and Vincent and his team are really welcoming and friendly. We, like the rest of Morzine, will be going back for seconds in the not to distant future.