Let’s be honest, there aren’t many reasons to go to Bellevue. Yes, as the name suggests, it has a more than serviceable view across Lake Geneva and the pretty peaks to the south. But other than that, this quiet suburb of Geneva is the sort of place you’d drive straight through on the way to somewhere more interesting. But in doing so you’d be missing out on a real treat, because tucked behind a rather dull looking facade on the main road is a surprising find – a small restaurant serving Afghan food. Go with friends and order the tasting menu – a copious selection of meat and vegetable dishes including spicy Kofta (meatballs), Lawand (chicken stew) and lentil dal. Dishes come piled atop a lazy Susan for easy sharing, and are served with the prettiest trio of basmati rice you’ve ever seen: with saffron, with spinach and with carrots, raisins and nuts in a version of Afghan national dish Quabili Palaw. It’s all delicious, prices are reasonable and service is friendly, so you’ll roll out with a full stomach and a very good reason to return to Bellevue.
KutchiAfghan cuisine in a Swiss suburb
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