While the rating is good, the recent reviews have been mixed, so I hesitated making a reservation. As is often the case, a reviewers frame of reference is the key. Having lived in the Geneva area for the past three years, I've had a share of French bistros, both good and bad. Cafe Beaujolais is among the better ones. The waiters ease in and out of French, to make the foreign traveler at home, even if this reviewer is a US native-- it's nice to hear the language spoken.
The spinach salad with chopped egg and bacon was perfect, just warm with a balance of oil and vinegar. When I asked about whether to chose the pork or duck, the waiter answered without hesitation, the duck with apples and calvados. I appreciate a waiter who will give an unflinching opinion. And he was right, the duck was very good. The traditional French scalloped potatoes were the notable surprise, done to perfection, with just the right amount of cream. I finished with a cappuccino, Italian heresy after morning, but this was CA and most anything will do, The waiter brought over a tasting of cognac from des Charentes-- a nice touch, and a very good, subtle digestif (even if it's listed as an aperitif.) I must get some when I return to Geneva!
Adding some more lighting and carpeting would help the decor and noise level. But the tastes and service are authentic. Bon appetite!
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