The elegant BG Café is located on the top floor of the Bongénie department store on Rue du Marché in Geneva. Turning up without a reservation is probably not a good idea but we were greeted by the slightly snooty maitre d’ and seated straight away. Perhaps the fact that we were there on the dot of twelve helped; who eats lunch at noon anyway? The Swiss do, really.
The first thing you notice as you enter the main dining area are the expansive ceiling to floor windows which, I was told, were installed when they refurbished the place some time back. They give an almost panoramic view of the building across and, if you creak your neck, the lake too. Food is usually very good although I would stick with the European dishes as opposed to the Asian fusion their chef occasionally experiments with; the green Thai curry I tried on this occasion was simply horrible.
Service can at first be a little stiff but usually eases up as the meal progresses. Regulars however, are treated like royalty. So if you’re in the area and want a simple, light lunch (or dinner), the BG Café is a good option.
Waste NOT. Want NOT.