When youâre in a foreign country, thereâs nothing quite like local knowledge to help you find the perfect place to dine out. Iâm often asked to impart my wisdom while taking passengers on their ski transfers. Geneva has some wonderful restaurants and there are a few that I make sure I always mention. After all whatâs the point in eating out in chain restaurants and dodging gourmet nightmares, when you could take a localâs advice and be guaranteed a great meal.
While on my ski transfers Geneva, a customer recently confided in me that as soon as I dropped her off sheâd like nothing better than to curl up in front of her chaletâs roaring log fire with a good book, but she was so hungry that she just had to eat first. I knew instantly the exact place that she was after and convinced her to let me drop her off at this perfect little restaurant. At first she was a little reluctant, but I told her that Les Recyclables was exactly what she needed. This homely restaurant is situated in a second-hand bookshop and itâs one of the most relaxing places in the city to go for dinner. The menu changes every day, based on whatâs in season, and customers can choose from three dishes, all made with fresh, organic ingredients from local or fair-trade producers. The food is fantastic, but then so are the cultural events that the restaurant hosts. On any night of the week you can expect to see concerts, debates or lectures taking place in the restaurant. Or you can just do as the lady on my ski transfers to Geneva did and sit quietly at her cosy table with a good read.
I never know whether or not I should recommend LâAiglon to customers I first meet on their ski transfers to Geneva; the reason for that is because when you go to LâAiglon you really never know what to expect. One day, youâll arrive and the restaurant will be quite chilled out and mellow, and the next evening there will be loud electronic music. This is why I recommend that the uninitiated not visit at night-time; however if you go for lunch you can get a three course meal for less than Â£11.00 and the food is pretty fantastic. Youâll find that the restaurant itself is quite futuristic looking with its lilac walls, turquoise crystals and disco balls â but itâs definitely a break from the norm.
Cafe Universal is my favourite restaurant in the whole of Geneva. Itâs been around since 1903, and serves up the best meat in the city. Itâs a cross between a classical cafe and an American brassiere with very swish chandeliers hanging from the ceilings. Thereâs even an old phone booth in Cafe Universal, which I love! The restaurant has an extensive wine list and the staff is extremely knowledgeable and happy to make recommendations. But, while the food is delicious, itâs not very vegetarian friendly! I hope you donât mind if I recommend the steak cooked medium-rare with morel sauce and served with French fries – my stomachâs rumbling just thinking about it!
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct on the ski transfers Geneva route. They provide pre-booked shuttles to major destinations all over Europe. Wherever you travel, Shuttle Direct can make sure that you donât miss your car on your holiday abroad.