On my way back from the Alps, I spent a day in Geneva. With no real agenda in mind – except lunch and dinner – I simply roamed around the city.
I started at the Brunswick Monument in Jardin des Alpes.
Crossing the Mont-Blanc Bridge
to Jardin Anglais where the famous flower clock was created in 1955.
In the old town, I visited Cathédale Saint-Pierre
with its flamboyant Chapel of the Maccabees
After lunch, I trekked north of the town to Palais des Nations (the United National office at Geneva), formerly headquarter of the League of Nations.
where, in front of it, stood a giant chair with a broken leg.
I went as far as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum,
Before circling back towards the water and took refuge under the trees at Geneva Botanical Garden, as the temperature climbed up to 95 degrees fahrenheit (35 degrees celsius),
I then took a stroll along the shore of Lake Geneva
to the spot where Empress Elizabeth(Sissi) of Austria was assassinated on September 10th, 1898 by an Italian Anarchist.
For food, I satisfied my craving for Eritrean dishes at Hidmona-ge.
And savoured authentic Thai – – Yam Woon Sen, Tom Yum Kung and Thai ice tea – at Soï.
I checked out the fine-dining scene at L’Aparté – Geneva’s new Michelin Star restaurant, also hailed as the best restaurant in the city.
Chef Armel Bedouet came from Brittany, France. The menu is seafood focused, sourcing ingredients from his home region as well as Switzerland. I picked the 5 course Menu Découverte (106 CHF or $107).
First, the amuse bouche
Then came three types of shellfish: abalone, cockles and razor clams in bouillon of shellfish jus, pickled vegetables and herb emulsion.
which was absolutely amazing!
The house bread was paired with butter from Gruyère and sea salt from Guerande
Mackerel marinated in lemon, olive oil and olives; (right) Tourneau crab from Brittany, cucumber pickle and cucumber and hazelnut oil gelée
Cucumber soup, wasabi and oxalis.
The main dishes were :
Lobsters with two types of mayo: vanilla and black garlic, green tomato ketchup; lobster jus reduction infused with vanilla.
Monkfish poached with ponzu, broccoli purée, artichoke purée and chips, sauce beurre citroneé.
Plus more artichoke chips on the side!
And duck breast with variety of carrots, shiso, duck jus in pearl onion cup.
Duck leg confit with cherry vinegar, on the side.
Dessert came with:
Tartlet with almond cream, cherry sorbet
Strawberry from Geneva, in carpaccio, sorbet, cups and purée, marzipan and meringue fingers
And Petit Fours
Chef Armel Bedouet came to the table and personally curated each dish in French. My Menu Découverte costed only CHF 106, which was surprisingly good value considering Geneva being the 5th most expensive city in the world. I can’t wait to be back and try their three course lunch menu!
After dinner, I ambled back to the lakefront. The air had cooled down with a gentle breeze. Across the lake, the jagged peaks of Mont Blanc beckoned me as the full moon surfaced in the pink sky.
Goodbye Geneva and goodbye Mont Blanc!
I shall be back!
This concludes my summer trip to the French & Swiss Alps. All the posts can be found here: