A dedication to eating well

Open tables on the horizon in Geneva

Isabelle Guignet
Guillaume Cottancin
Summer 2023

Highly international, the city of Geneva has a lot to offer, and excellent food is no exception. From Michelin-starred establishments to small neighbourhood joints, there’s a plethora of options embracing exoticism, tradition, and innovation.

Subdued ambiance and fine products
It’s on the lower level of the luxurious Woodward Hotel that Joël Robuchon opened this theatrical dining experience, with 1* Michelin star, in a subdued ambiance of red and black. Perched on a trendy bar chair, one’s eyes devour the menu that was co-prepared with chef Olivier Jean, who has worked with the master chef for almost 10 years, after having earned his first stripes working with Alain Ducasse. The menu emphasizes fine products like blue lobster and langoustine, while shining a spotlight on delicately worked local ingredients — like produce from Potagers de Gaia, an organic market gardener located in Hermance, in the canton of Geneva. The flagship dish? Delicious Imperial caviar from Sologne, accompanied by crab and topped with a refreshing lobster aspic. A combination that is as elegant as it is excellent. And to beautifully finish your meal, don’t pass on experiencing the talents of pastry chef Titouan Claudet who specializes in Viennoiseries!



Bistronomic and oh-so-chic!
Not far from the Vieux Carouge district, at Acacias, L’Agape offers diners an unspoken promise. This intimate and welcoming bistronomic restaurant features a small but original menu of exceptionally tantalising dishes, brought to life by Chef Clément Thellier. Beef gravlax and Oscietra caviar with tarragon cream. Braised veal-and-rice-stuffed artichokes. Umami mackerel and black wheat pasta. Rossini-style beef rounds on house-made brioche. And to end on a sweet note, why not try the poached and coated pineapple, the chocolate banana, or the sweet potato and vanilla French toast? The restaurant’s remarkable décor creates a friendly and warm retro-chic ambiance. The vintage floor tiles, wall mirrors, and the large copper-pot chandelier combine to create a universe of distinctive style that’s beautifully complimented by wooden benches and chairs. It will make you feel right at home.



An intimate, gourmet experience at the bar
Sachi is the new fine-dining concept restaurant by Mandarin Oriental, and the word is as gentle on the ears as its meaning: “happiness.” Here, diners are guided through an experience by Chef Mitsu, the head of this new Japanese establishment that opened last October. The true magic happens at the Omakase Bar, which means “I leave it up to you.” Trained by the master Nobu Matsuhisa (of Nobu restaurants, and chef at Izumi at the Four Seasons des Bergues for almost 10 years), Chef Mitsu carefully crafts dishes customized to please the palettes of his customers, using seasonal ingredients (from Geneva and beyond) adapted to their tastes. The ever-changing menu offers a surprise menu option of 6, 8, or 10 dishes. Hats off to the Wagyu beef sushi, the crayfish sushi that’s topped with French caviar, and the sauteed teriyaki mushrooms. It will all certainly excite your tastebuds!



Nordic-inspired fusion food
A small Scandinavian haven inside the Ritz-Carlton Hôtel de la Paix, Geneva, Fiskebar captivates gourmet food lovers with its cuisine that’s sometimes iodized and sometimes fermented, rooted in the very best locally sourced ingredients. Nordic flavours are enriched at will with Mediterranean flair, resulting in truly unique fusion food that’s brought to life in dishes like the lobster roll, blue lobster and passatelli, or the French toast bites. Tables of 6+ receive the Nordic Experience menu of either 3 or 5 courses, which beautifully explore northern flavours. The large range of innovative and original cocktails from Fred by Fiskebar are a journey in of themselves, as is the impressive wine list, which includes numerous biodynamic options. The cherry on the cake is the décor, inspired by the best Scandinavian interior design, which is sure to seduce with its welcoming and comforting ambiance.