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Le Cigalon in Thonex (Geneva): One Star, One Step from the Border to France.

By Johntalbott

Le Cigalon in Thonex is a quite wonderful place, just like I was looking for after a tiring 4 hour trip from Milan.  It describes itself as on the French border and indeed, when I left, I turned left and passed by the Douane bldg, as quiet as a shuttered gas station.

The place can be pretty pricy but the 54 E menu sounded interesting so on I plunged.  First came two fishy amuse-gueules, a light croquette of "x" and a light tartare of "y," then 3 crevettes on top of a sweet (in a nice way) bed of diced beets. (unpictured)

The first course was/were scallops from Normandy, perfectly cooked, in a pumpkin soup with what seemed to be very mild fish eggs on top.  Then two generous slices of lotte (monkfish) on a bed of wild mushrooms, so smoky I thought some truffle oil had been sprayed on, but no.  And finally, a complicated but tasty dessert of chocolate, spun sugar, pistachio, griottes and halved cherries.

With more nummies in the form of lemon, wonderful bread, a half-bottle of wine and a coffee, the bill was an impressive, for me, 83 E.

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