I think I’ve made it pretty clear on this blog that overall, I’ve been a little less than impressed with the food culture in Geneva of late. However, I think I’ve also said before that every now and then a restaurant in Geneva will surprise you with quality food and great service at a decent price.
In my book, Auberge du Lion d’Or, located in Versoix – not to be confused with Cologny’s prohibitively expensive Lion d’Or – is just such a place. Unless you happen to live in the area, it’s probably slightly out of your way, but it’s well worth the trip and I definitely look forward to going back!
I apologize for the poor photo quality, it definitely doesn’t do the meal justice – the lighting wasn’t being very cooperative – but it should give you an idea of what kind of food to expect.
I should also mention that I’m not sure I’ve ever eaten anything quite so garlicky as the squid salad starter, but that is no complaint on my part: I love garlic! However if you don’t, I would definitely recommend you ask just how much of it you’re committing to. As for desserts, the chef’s special is an amazing assortment of the restaurant’s most scrumptious desserts and at CHF 14 it is a really good deal. However there is so much on the plate, you may want to share it with one of your dinner companions especially if you had a starter.
Pictured below: a delicious squid salad starter, followed by a perfectly cooked medium rare ribeye steak with the customary side of fries and finally the chef’s special dessert platter.