It is rare to find a line of people waiting for a table anywhere in Geneva, so the fact that it's commonplace outside this bustling wood-paneled Parisian import means the tender strips of grilled steak drenched in herb-based sauce maison (house sauce) are a true cut above. A crisp green salad sprinkled with walnuts, robust house wine, and thin, golden fries complete the only option on the menu; but don't worry, there's a second portion on the way, and the desserts—like
the flower bouquets adorning the restaurant—are fabulous. One caveat: the staff can sometimes be less than helpful.
Jan 9, 2007
For the traditional steak-frites (steak-and-chips) dish that you'd expect at a Parisian brasserie, you can't beat Le Relais de l'Entrecôte. It is in fact an import from Paris, and has two other locations there, one in the 6th arrondissement, off the boulevard Saint-Germain, and the other in the 8th arrondissement, about four blocks off the Champs-Élysées. (And the owner's sister has a place of her own in Paris called Le Relais de Venise, in the
17th arrondissement at Porte Maillot. It's virtually identical.) What they've done is to take the humble steak-frites and raise it to a fine art. The sirloin steak is succulent and tender, and it's perfectly cooked (at least it is if you order it bleu or saignant or à point; but if you order it "well done" (shame on you!), it usually still has some pink colouring). And the butter sauce they put on it, which contains a little of everything from tarragon to garlic to rosemary to anchovy, is heavenly. The chips too are perfect. And the main course is served in two halves, so the second half arrives as hot as the first. Then come the desserts, with all the ice cream and chocolate sauce and whipped cream one could wish for. The whole meal is an utter artery-clogger, I suppose, but what a way to go! (Wikipedia has an entry that tells the restaurant's history, so you can read more there.)
Sep 29, 2006
When I went there the place was crowded and yet the waiters were really nice and courteous. The steak is really good and if you like french fries, you'll be in heaven 'cause tons of french fries are served. Old couples, young people and big families with kids filled the interior of the restaurant. It was a nice experience.