We’ve always lamented the fact that it’s near impossible to find a decent Rösti in Shanghai, but those days are firmly behind us with the arrival of recently opened Geneva, where the popular Swiss dish (made of hash browns, onion, and baked with cheese) is served up eight ways and topped with a fried egg. From the owners behind equally delicious and always-packed Abbey Road in the former French Concession, Geneva brings a welcome taste of Europe (specifically Switzerland) via Zurich-born chef Roger Maurer, who dishes up generous portions of Swiss and German flavours in a charming century-old Shanghai villa.
Its Hongqiao location just outside the city centre means Geneva is a welcome, worth-the-slight-trek oasis for big groups or families, what with its gorgeous garden surrounds and, thanks to large windows, lovely greenhouse feel. A spacious, tree-lined terrace with outdoor wooden bar completes the idyllic picture, and is our preferred perch for enjoying the menu of European comfort food. There’s a hearty Hungarian goulash with beef and potatoes, and curried pork or chicken schnitzel, as well as classic Cordon Bleu and Cordon Geneva (stuffed with mascarpone, sun dried tomatoes, dry cured ham and chives). There’s also a decent drinks list on offer, with options ranging from Erdinger Dunkel and Hoegarden on draft, to cocktails like the house Geneva Martini with gin, Campari, Galiano, lime and sugar, to 20+ global wines. Cheers!