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“Restaurant Le Cigalon, Thonex”
Review of Le Cigalon

Le Cigalon
Ranked #1 of 15 Restaurants in Thonex
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$54 - US$151
Cuisines: French, Seafood, Gastropub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: The best Fish Restaurant in Geneva since 21 years.
Reviewed 31 August 2016

Visited Le Cigalon for a dinner with friends. The first impression is that of a welcoming small restaurant, located just meters from the French border. The chef is at the door to say "Bienvenue" and the tables are set in the garden on the rear. All tables are taken by guests in an evening of a week-day at the end of Summer. The menu list is rather short, with strong emphasis on fish. The wine list is almost equally short with emphasis on Geneva wines. The menu list is definitely more interesting than the wine list. The lobster appetizer is served in three small portions, each of them is about the size of an "amuse bouche" but each is equally pleasant. Interesting. But it is not until we get the main course that we really discover the chef mastery with the fish. Both the rouget and the mixed fish plate bring the best of the flavour of the sea. Emphasis is on the products and on bringing their taste to the guest, rather than on the complexity of the preparation. However, the cooking of the fish is nearly perfect and the plates are really enjoyable. Good desserts, prepared with ideas and skills by the "patissiere". The two cooking styles are quite complementary. Simple and based on the products the main courses, more aimed at emphasizing the complexity and richness of the taste through the preparation the desserts. Two points have slightly decreased the pleasure of the dinner: the absence of table cloth (at dinner !) and the limited wine selection, lacking real discoveries from the production of the Canton and depth in the offers from the classical French regions. Both are difficult to understand for a restaurant of this level. The service is both attentive and pleasant. Prices are quite in line with the quality of the food served. In summary, a good address for enjoying excellent, well prepared fish dishes and the inventions of the pastry chef.

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Thank Marco B
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Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

To visit if you like fish and sea food , a little far from Geneva city center but easy to find :)
Nice terrace, very good service with the smile :)

1  Thank Laurence A
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Reviewed 13 February 2016

Excellent, constant good cooking.
Original dishes that change with the seasons.
Service discreet and efficient.

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Thank Madeleine C
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mamanchat, Propriétaire at Le Cigalon, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2016

Bonjour Madeleine,

Thank you for your nice message and sorry for my late reply.

Best regerd,

Corinne Bessire

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Reviewed 11 December 2015

We went there for a lunch last week. Four of us ordered the Fish menu. The fish of the day is monk fish (lotte). Everything is fine but nothing more impressive to add. We have tried some Michelin star restaurants in this area and this one just taste fine. The service is good.

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Thank Lalita R
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mamanchat, Propriétaire at Le Cigalon, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2016
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Merci Lalita pour votre message.
Nous proposons effectivement chaque jour un Fish lunch différent, celui ci est proposé en fonction du marché du jour. Cela reste un menu simple à la qualité irréprochable, la carte avec nos offres plus variées est également proposée le midi, peut être une fois aurez vous envie de venir la découvrir.
Bien à vous,

Corinne Bessire

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Reviewed 15 August 2015

This restaurant is a real surprise in the zone between Geneva and neighbouring France at the end of the tram line. Fresh, interesting ingredients with a chef who clearly knows what he is doing with imagination. There is a lovely terrace next to the kitchen's herb garden and a good sized main 'salle'. The fish is very fresh and you will find the exotic combined with local lake fish from just down the road. Excellent, light desserts made by a good chef patissier involving lovely chocolate and fresh fruit. Very good flavours, crisp and refreshing ingredients combined with a warm welcome and a thoughtful wine list - this restaurant is well worth a visit.

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1  Thank helen p
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mamanchat, Propriétaire at Le Cigalon, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2015
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Bonjour Helen,

Merci pour votre magnifique "anglo-message" j'espère que celui-ci permettra d'attirer les anglophones de Genève et d'ailleurs.
Au plaisir de vous revoir....et pourquoi à Londres
Amitié,

Corinne Bessire

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