Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Rojak and me in Geneva.

It was 2 weekends ago, Ced and I took a road trip to Geneva. We were supposed to sample Ethiopian food that afternoon when we arrived in Geneva but it was too late for lunch as we left Le Salève later than anticipated. At 1097m, there was an open air cafe with a stunning view of Geneva and Leman lake. There was also the smell of bbq food on the grill that was simply enough to make us stay an extra hour. Grilled lamb, merguez, grilled chicken legs with baked potatoes. It had been a long time since I had a bbq. Reminded me of summer and my good old days in Singapore. In Singapore, we have bbq all year long.

Bref, we arrived at Geneva around 3pm on a Saturday. Everyone was enjoying the sun, strolling around the lake. So did we. Ced shot a few hundreds of pictures for his hdrs while I just people- watched. Along the lake, we found some huge white eggs in a nest on the rocks and 2 swans were taking turns to defend them. It was very impressive watching the swans fighting off a dog or other nearby ducks. They just hissed and raised their wings to frighten them predators.

As the sun began to set we went to the old town to check out the Cathedral. It was around 6pm and everything was closed. The Cathedral or the surrounding shops. I checked all the opening hours of a few shops. It looked like shops closed at 5pm on saturday in Geneva. That is early!
Even the French closed at 7pm which I considered too early.

Given that we have done most of the touristic stuff by 7pm, we headed to a Singaporean restaurant which I had made a reservation the day before at 8.30pm. I looked forward to it because there is no Singaporean restaurant in Lyon.

The restaurant is called Jak's place. When we entered, I kind helped noticing 2 lions on each side with some teak wall sculpture. Then we were greeted by 2 Asian server probably Singaporeans, dressed in sarong Kebaya, clothing in batik from SE Asia.

After studying the menu, we ordered only the Singaporean dishes: Rojak, Satays, Beef Rendang and Char kway Teow. There were Thai dishes available but they were not part of the real deal of a 2 hours drive to Geneva.

Soon came the food served
on a warmer with lit candles. A unexpected touch to Singaporean food. Perhaps food gets cold in Geneva rather quickly.

The rojak was served cold with Kangkong, bean sprouts and pineapple chunks with dark shrimp paste sauce. It was refreshing and fruity. I can't say the same for the Satays. The satay sauce was good but the meat skewers were not tender or juicy like the ones from Lau Pa Sat. They tasted like plain meat with satay sauce.


Beef rendang was exceptional. Soft beef with lots of sauce. And the Char Kway Teow had the wok taste and came with cockles. Just like the one from typical hawker centers.

At the end of the meal, I was looking forward to some chendol or some ice kachang or even some pulut hitam(glutinous black rice soup). Well, they had none of this on the dessert menu. So we got some thai sticky rice with mango which cost 10 Euro. It only lasted 3 mouthful and it wasn't exceptional.

Prices run from 10Euro per appetizer, 20 Euro per main dish and 10 Euro for dessert.

Jeck's Place
Rue de Neuchâtel 14
1201 - Genève
Tél.: 022 731 33 03
Fax: 022 731 16 11
http://www.jecksplace.ch/

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