Club Prosper Montagné’s List of Top Restaurants and Food Shops in Geneva, Switzerland
The Club Prosper Montagné’s list of the top restaurants and food shops in Geneva is in alphabetical order. There is no point system, so I’ll list them in the same way.
More Cookbooks than Sense describes Prosper Montagné as follows: “…Prosper Montagné, best described as the Thomas Keller of his day. Along with his (slightly older) contemporary Auguste Escoffier, he was one of the superstars of fin de siecle gastronomy. While not quite as revolutionary as the Big E (think of Escoffier as the Ferran Adria of the age), Montagne was no slouch, cooking his way around some of the biggest kitchens in France, notably the venerable Pavillon Ledoyen (currently Christian Le Squer’s three-star lair).
“Anyhow to cut a long story short, after many decades behind the range Montagne decided to kick back a little and starting writing books. This culminated in the 1938 publication of Larousse Gastronomique, co-authored with a Dr Gottschalk and published by Larousse, leading purveyors of encyclopedias and other doorstops.
“What Escoffier did for French cookery in practice, Montagne did for French cookery in print. Larousse was a staggering confection of history, dishes and recipes. The heart of the book is its coverage of French cuisine – from humble to haute. Montagne systematically went through every French region, dish, and garnish in the classic repertoire. He also provides pen-pictures of famous chefs and personalities, and added articles on history and on many notable ingredients (guess what, foie gras and truffles have some of the longest entries).”
The club originated in France in 1950, and now has a chapter in Switzerland. It calls itself the “Swiss Academy of Gastronomes,” and takes its name from the gastronome Prosper Montagné. They organize gourmet outings in restaurants, bistros, and other gastronomic destinations.
Establishments honored by the club post a metal plate like the one shown above, stating the name of the club and that it has been named a “quality establishmnet,” usually on the wall behind the counter.
Auberge de Floris, Anières
Café de Certoux, Certoux
Restaurant Le Vallon, Conches
Brasserie-Restaurant de l’Hôtel -de-Ville, old town Geneva
Buffet de la Gare des Eaux-Vives, Eaux Vives Geneva (currently closed due to construction work)
Hôtel Beau-Rivage – Restaurant Le Chat-Botté, Pâquis
Hôtel d’Angleterre – Restaurant Windows, Pâquis
Restaurant Roberto, downtown Geneva across from Halle de Rive
Hôtel de la Paix – Le Vertig’O, Pâquis
Café de la Place, Plan-les-Ouates
Domaine de Châteauvieux, Satigny
Restaurant Le Cigalon, Thônex
Restaurant du Vieux-Port, Versoix
Restaurant La Réunion, Veyrier
Geneva Food Shops
Boucherie-Charcuterie Brönnimann Fils meat and pork butcher, charcutier, Carouge
Boucherie Jacky Bula S.A. butcher shop, downtown Geneva, covered market, Halle de Rive
Charcuterie-Traiteur Jacques Bulliard, downtown Geneva, covered market, Halle de Rive
Grande Boucherie du Molard butcher shop, downtown Geneva
Boulangerie-Pâtisserie Wolfisberg, Carouge, Route de Florissant Geneva, covered market, Halle de Rive
Pâtisserie-Confiserie Martel pastry and sweet makers, Carouge, Rue du Marché 8, Carouge 1227 (no website)
Boulangerie-Patisserie Jenny & Cie bread bakery, pastry makers, caterers, Châtelaine
Boulangerie-Pâtisseries-Tearoom de Cologny bread bakery, pastry makers, tearoom, Cologny
Auer Chocolatier chocolate makers, downtown Geneva
Boulangerie-Pâtisserie-Tearoom Mon Petit Boulanger Chéri bread bakery, pastry makers, tearoom, Eaux-Vives Geneva
Chocolaterie Arn chocolate makers, Bourg-du-Four Geneva
Chocolaterie Poncioni / Micheli chocolate makers, rue Micheli-du-Crest 1, 1205 Geneva, Champel, Geneva (no website)
Du Rhône Chocolatier chocolate makers, downtown Geneva
La Bonbonnière chocolatier, downtown Geneva
Fromagerie Bruand cheese shop, downtown Geneva, Halle de Rive
Produits laitiers Müller & Fils, dairy products and cheese shop, downtown Geneva, Halle de Rive
Betjeman and Barton tea shop, Carouge
Tschin-Ta-Nin S.A., tea sellers , downtown Geneva
June 9, 2013
I lunched next to the table of the Paris local once. A most luxurious restaurant of the day called Laurent. In those years they had a little table decoration, with a flag, to demarcate them: Societe Prosper Montagne pour la sauvegarde de la gastronomie. They were drinking beautifully (Richebourg…) but somewhat shame-facedly chowing on steak-frites. I expect that was short rations for dieters…
June 9, 2013
Oh my, steack-frites! Perhaps they’re more gourmands than gourmets?