Switzerland: Geneva Restaurant Suggestions

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Jardins de Brunswick (in front of Le Richemond), rue Adémar-Fabri 7, 1201 Geneva. +41 022 731 60 16. Open 07H15 to 22H00 Mon. thru Wed, 07H15 to 24H00 Thurs. and Fri., and 10H00 to 24h00 on Saturday. Closed Sundays. info@cottagecafe.ch, www.cottagecafe.ch

When you have to meet someone near the quai du Mont-Blanc or in the Pâquis neighborhood, this is a great stopoff if you don’t have the pocketbook for the more upscale Richemond and Beau-Rivage venues right behind it. Plus, it is in a beautiful setting, right smack in the middle of the Brunswick gardens.

It’s nice in both summer and winter. The terrace is spectacular, of course, and you even get glimpses of jet d’eau from time time. Inside, it’s cozy and funky.

Breakfast includes birchermuësli, homemade jams and freshly squeezed juices. They have a daily lunch menu, serve pastries in the afternoon, and tapas starting at 18h00.

There is a selection of good quality local wines by the glass or bottle, along with some wines from other places.

Quirinale

Rue de la Rôtisserie 6, 1204 Geneva. +41 022 748 48 48

I’ve only had the truffle pizza, which is the house specialty, but I have been dreaming of it ever since.

Emmanuel de Savoie is part owner I hear.

Great central location, chic and full of jetsetters, and a little pricey if you eat a 3-course meal with wine. They do have lunch specials however, and that truffle pizza . . .

La Terrazza

Route de Florissant 51, 1206 Geneva. +41 022 345 56 00. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

I discovered this almost hidden Swiss-style café-restaurant many years ago on my treks back and forth to the Beaulieu clinique.

Mr. Borella started as waiter at the Lion d’Or during its golden age. He later set out on his own and has been in this same location for about 25 years. Mrs. Borella cooks and Mr. Borella serves. They are from the Dolomites, so they cook hardy, traditional dishes, as well as some well turned-out Swiss classics.

The price is about as right as you can get, and they buy all their ingredients from local producers. The tomatoes taste like tomatoes and the salads, well they come straight from Chapuis.

Nologo Restaurant

Rue de Fribourg 11, 1201 Geneva. +41 022 901 03 33. Open Mon. thru Fri. lunch and dinner, Sat. dinner only. Closed Sundays. resto@nologo.ch, www.nologo.ch

This is Japanese food like you eat in Japan, not adapted for Western tastes. Wonderful mixtures of unusual flavors and ingredients like you’d never find in your regular, standardized-menu sushi bars.

Don’t count on them being friendly, just think about what’s on your plate. Tiny space so reserve well ahead.

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