At La Queue de Cochon, elegance meets grace, class and most certainly deliciousness! Tucked away in Tignes Lavachet, an area some might regard to be a little sleepier than Le Lac, we can most certainly guarantee that a trip there is not wasted.
This welcoming and chic little restaurant has definitely skyrocketed to the top of our list of awesome places to dine, be it with family, friends or date in tow.
As you arrive, walking in past an old French bakery cart and old-fashioned radio it gives you a hint as to the quirky décor and cosy atmosphere found inside. To start we sat at the bar by the huge open fireplace opposite an old fashion popcorn machine that provides the bar snacks. The thought that has gone into the décor creating the perfect ambience is immediately apparent. You can find Motown pictures, old wooden farm wheels, intriguing crockery and glassware all around the restaurant giving it that shabby yet ‘chic’ quality.
Before, sitting down we decided to sample the extensive cocktail range which offered classics such as Mojitos and Daiquiris to more rare and experimental cocktails. An amazing take on a classic White Russian was sampled and greatly enjoyed! On the more exotic side, bacon infused bourbon can be found which ties in nicely with the name of the restaurant, which in English means ‘The Pig’s Tail’. The bar staff were so welcoming and even offered to veer off the cocktail menu and specially concocted a favourite of one of our party; the Tequila Sunrise.
The food was absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection. As well as rich dishes such as the incredible Venison with blackcurrant jus, you can find some English classics on the menu such as the Braised beef cheek with smoked mash to French traditional dishes and trimmings such as Foie gras and Catalan snails. The menu also offers pigs tails as a starter and bacon infused flavours, again continuing with the subtle theme of the restaurant. With complementary home made bread, herb infused butter and plentiful side dishes, the food was so beautifully presented it was almost too beautiful to eat!
The lovely staff easily offered us great reviews and assistance as to what was on the menu and did everything to ensure we had a fantastic evening. One of our party is also gluten free and after ordering the duck burger without the bun the staff offered an exceedingly tasty gluten free option which is very difficult to find up in the mountains!
On asking our party about the evening one commented that ‘the duck burger was very yummy! I love the crockery too. It is clear to see a lot of thought has gone into presentation on every level.’ Another mentioned that the staff ‘were very hospitable which created the perfect environment for a laid back evening with top-notch friends’. Whilst the third summed the evening up perfectly in our opinion, ‘the most delicious food, amazing atmosphere and tasty cocktails. Quirky and super cool. Alice in Wonderland gourmet dining!’
La Queue de Cochon is also great for laid back drinks with friends or after work. With happy hour ‘teapot’ cocktails for €13, between 16:00-18:00 and then later on between 22.30 and 23.30 and late night gourmet hot dog deals until midnight, they definitely cater to those of us who aren't able to capitalise on the regular après happy hours found around resort.
It is worth mentioning their drinks deals throughout the week, including an evening of funk, disco and soul and two ‘Old Fashions’ for €12 on a Friday night during the ‘Gentleman’s Club’ with DJ Lindo, ‘Tea for Two’ on teapots on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s as well as Gin Night on a Wednesday, La Queue de Cochon is definitely our new port of call when needing an unwind from work or a hard day on the hill.