Genevan village auberge gains second Michelin star

by Malcolm Curtis | November 15, 2011 |

Reserving a table at Le Floris, the gastronomic restaurant in Anières, a small village in the canton of Geneva, is likely to become more challenging in the coming days. The 2012 Michelin Guide for Switzerland has bestowed a second star on the restaurant, run by chef Claude Legras, that is locally known for its Mediterranean cuisine and a terrace with sweeping views over Lake Geneva.

Le Floris is just one of two restaurants in Geneva regarded as worthy of two stars by Michelin, the other one being the Domaine de Châteauvieux, overseen by chef Philippe Chevrier in an old farm amid vineyards in the village of Peney-Dessus. News of the upgrade for Le Floris emerged on Tuesday when Michelin released its latest ratings for Switzerland, which are awaited annually with much anticipation by gourmets.

“I am thrilled to bits, this promotion rewards years of unrelenting work, of constant searching for culinary excellence,” Legras told the Tribune de Genève newspaper. The chef wears an outfit with a blue, red and white collar, an honor discerned by France for the country’s “meilleurs ouvriers,” or cooks.

Legras has long dedicated himself to haute cuisine. Before taking over Le Floris, he oversaw the kitchen at the Restaurant du Parc des Eaux-Vives, owned by the city of Geneva.

Le Floris is a municipal auberge incorporating a bistrot appended to the restaurant that is noted for its value for money. The restaurant has been recently renovated with modern decor and a culinary offering that has been fast winning fans among foodies.

The autumn may not be the best time to appreciate the restaurant’s terrace, but it is a good time to sample its “carte chasse”, which features the best game from the traditional fall hunt. Le Floris also organizes banquets at the restaurant and offers a catering service for events, such as business luncheons or soirees.

Among other changes in the new Michelin Guide, Thomas Neeser, chef of Les Saisons at the Grand Hôtel du Lac in Vevey, garnered his first star. A total of 11 new restaurants in Switzerland received a star from Michelin, while Zurich chef Marcus Lindner gained a second star for his Mesa restaurant.

With 96 starred restaurants, Switzerland has the most on a per capita basis in the world, Michelin said in a statement. These include two three-star restaurants, 18 with two stars and 76 with one star. The ratings are conducted by inspectors who anonymously visit establishments across the country every year.

Listing 864 hotels and 864 restaurants, the new Michelin Guide goes on sale on Wednesday. It costs 33 francs.

Le Floris is located on the east side of Lake Geneva, 10 kilometres northeast of downtown Geneva. The address is 287 route d’Hermance. The restaurant is closed on Sunday and Monday. Telephone: 022 751 2020. Fax: 022 751 22 50. Email: resa@lefloris.com

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About Malcolm Curtis

Freelance English-language communications professional (writing, editing, translations) based near Geneva, Switzerland. Let me know if I can help you.
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