Yakumanka is the Mandarin Oriental Geneva’s Peruvian restaurant. If you thought food in Switzerland would be bland or boring, you’d be mistaken. We’ve noticed a drastic improvement in the food and wine scene in Switzerland over the past few years. With Geneva and Zurich being centers of global finance, you can now find almost any cuisine you want.
We started our dinner with freshly mixed Pisco sours while we perused the menu, which featured a variety of fish and seafood options, as well as a thoughtful selection of vegetarian and chicken alternatives for those who don’t eat seafood.
This Geneva restaurant is the second restaurant from celebrity chef Gastón Acuriovery, whose first restaurant is located in Barcelona. The Geneva outpost is bright and airy, with a fun casual feel. Some of our favorite dishes included the ceviche, aged Parmigiano Reggiano foam topped grilled scallops served in their shells, and Arroz con Mariscos, which is one of the best fried rice dishes you will ever taste.
In a French speaking city surrounded by France, the wine list at Yakumanka featured a variety of classic French wines intended to pair with the seafood-centric menu. We had an incredible bottle of Chablis that paired wonderfully with our scallops.
Even though we had completely filled up on seafood, the chef insisted on bringing out a tres leches dessert, which was delightful. However, if you’re not a sweets person, you can’t go wrong with one more refreshing pisco sour before calling it a night!
Yakumanka, Quai Turrettini 1, 1201, Geneva, Note: The Mandarin Oriental Geneva provided support for the reporting of this story.