Monday, April 23, 2012

Maison de Corée

Left to my own devices, I would probably mostly go out to have Italian, French and Chinese food and every now and then I'd throw some Middle Eastern, Thai and Japanese meals into the mix. But sometimes you want to try something slightly more exotic and I find it is often a pleasant surprise when you do!

That is probably the kind of mood I was in when I decided to enjoy a Korean meal with some of my friends recently. I asked around, and was told the best place to go in Geneva is Maison de Corée, located near Quai de Seujet... and I thought "pourquoi pas??"

Well, the food was good, the staff was friendly and we had a great evening!

Pictured below: Japchae, a noodle dish I had already tried and thoroughly enjoyed at Bamboo Garden, followed by Bibimbap, a traditional Korean dish, which includes rice, vegetables, an egg and beef.


Mamounia is a Moroccan restaurant located in Plainpalais, just as you cross the bridge. I hadn't been to the restaurant in probably over a decade and we thought we would go check it out on a rainy Saturday evening - we've been experiencing a lot of those recently, haven't we?

I don't think much has changed over the years, Mamounia still makes a good couscous, which is what we wanted to have anyway.

Pictured below: couscous Mamounia, which includes semolina, merguez sausages, lamb, chicken, meatballs and various vegetables.

Café Universal

Café Universal is one of Geneva's better known restaurants. Located in Plainpalais, it's been around for a while, but I only recently had my first meal there, and though I had heard mixed reviews, I quite enjoyed it! My only complaint is that I asked for a medium rare ribeye steak and it came a little rare to my liking, but this is Geneva, and I think I've said this before, they hardly ever get the doneness right here. Oh well.

Pictured below: a ribeye steak with sides of vegetables and fries followed by a nutella crème brulée I would definitely recommend and if you like nutella!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Mediterranean Grill

Constantly finding new restaurants you actually want to try in Geneva can be a bit of a challenge. But when I recently got my hands on some vouchers for the Mediterranean Grill, located in Plainpalais, I thought "Why not?" It turns out the Mediterranean Grill is actually a Turkish restaurant run by a very friendly gentleman.

The vouchers entitled us to a mixed appetizer platter and one of the specials as the main course. That day, the specials included lahmacun, a Turkish-style pizza, which we ordered mostly just because we wanted to taste it - but we were also drawn to some of the other items on the menu, so we ordered a couple of other dishes and paid the difference. The menu led me to believe there would be a few more veggies in my köfte dish, so that was a bit of a letdown but overall I enjoyed my meal at Mediterranean Grill and would definitely go back, though if a delicious Turkish meal in Geneva is what you're looking for, Sofram certainly comes to mind as a worthy contender.

Pictured below: lavash, a Turkish flatbread, assorted appetizers, lahmacun, and finally, köfte served with bulgur, one of my favorite Turkish dishes. Oh and by the way, the zucchini fritter in the appetizer platter was absolutely amazing!

Turkish flatbread, Mediterranean Grill - Plainpalais, Geneva

Mixed appetizers, Mediterranean Grill - Plainpalais, Geneva

Lahmacun, Mediterranean Grill - Plainpalais, Geneva

Köfte with bulgur, Mediterranean Grill - Plainpalais, Geneva