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Annemasse (FR) a few meters from Geneva (SW) but good chow for sure.

John Talbott Nov 14, 2012 11:08 AM

I realize on the "France Great Pasta in Paris?" thread I said that
"I’m leaving Milano tmrw and facing a dreadful food revisit to Annemasse and Annecy (yes, I know, Claire’s Knee, Pere Bise, and the Panorama are great, but....")
Well, I'll eat my words.
Yesterday I was searching the via Michelin for restaurants nearby and saw Le Cigalon and showed up and By George, it wasn't in France but truly one step over the unguarded border. Now, it's pricy, even for a one-star Michelin, but well worth it.
Since I'm free at night i've been frequenting the ethnic places in Annemasse, Ambilly, Thonex & Gaillard.
As I said I'll eat my words. Pas mal.

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  1. John Talbott RE: John Talbott Nov 15, 2012 12:59 PM

    I would add that the pizza at Il Vesuvio, bahn mi thit and pho from Monkeys Place, Cambodian at L'Ankor, all in Annemasse as well as game at Chez Annie in Chene-Bourg just past the empty Douane station, are again, worth a visit if near, but NOT a detour.

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      lemarais RE: John Talbott Nov 21, 2012 08:13 PM

      Interesting, John. We were in Annecy a couple of years ago and thought of going up to Annemasse and taking the train to Genève. (It's 40 Swiss Francs to take your car into Switzerland). We never made it up there, mostly due to discouraging reports about the blandness and boredom one would experience in Geneve.

      We did love Annecy, though, although we found the raclettes and the tartiflettes way too cheesy for our taste! And we didn't have 700 Euro to spare so we missed Marc Veyrat! (I hear he's back with a new restaurant!)

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        John Talbott RE: lemarais Nov 22, 2012 08:29 AM

        Two of us had a fine lunch at the Brasserie St Maurice in Annecy because we were aced out of Pere Bise and the Belvedere d/t Weds closing and Super Panorama d/t early closing.
        BTW the fee for Swiss highways is for freeways/autobahns only (Green and Blue signs) not for local ways which is how you go from Annemasse to Geneva and even the airport. Rental cars, though, have the sticker.

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          lemarais RE: John Talbott Nov 22, 2012 08:39 AM

          Probably only for Swiss or local rentals. We rented our car back in the Loire, so it didn't have a sticker.

          Any word on the new Veyrat restaurant? As quirky as his original one? I know it's a beautiful setting just outside of town.

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            John Talbott RE: lemarais Nov 23, 2012 01:46 AM

            I didn't ask about Veyrat's places at all. Sorry.
            As for the sticker i drove my own car from paris and entered Berne on local streets.

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          John Talbott RE: lemarais Nov 24, 2012 01:38 AM

          "we missed Marc Veyrat! (I hear he's back with a new restaurant!)"
          Well, this AM's Figaro has a Croque-Notes by Francois Simon about the Chalet Christine in Talloires which says Veyrat is smiling benevolently at this chalet/restaurant. His website implies he's turned over cooking at the "new" Maison de Marc Veyrat to Yoann Conte.

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            lemarais RE: John Talbott Nov 24, 2012 09:48 AM

            Tailloires? That's a new location. I thought he also reopened the original spot in Veyrier, a breathtaking location with a superb building.

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              John Talbott RE: lemarais Nov 24, 2012 12:37 PM

              Well, I don't know if he has a financial/cheffiere interest in this/these chalets overlooking Annecy Lake, postal box Talloires; but his "new" Maison is over the hill near the old place apparently.
              We did not drive over to the North side of the Lac, we were there but a mere 5 hours or so, before we had to return to Geneva.
              To be continued.

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                lemarais RE: John Talbott Nov 25, 2012 09:31 AM

                A little research, it's the same building it's always been in. Veyrat has apparently relinquished his chef role and is just the hotelier. The new chef in the restaurant is a former sous chef of Veyrat, Yoann Conte. Checked the restaurant listings of Tailloires, nothing about Veyrat there--



                The key question, though-- has it retained the title of Most Expensive Restaurant in France?? :)

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