MANGO DECK (Rive & Old Town)
After last month’s holier than thou Qi-balancing discovery, I was on a mission to find more healthy lunchtime options. Not an easy feat in a town where the streets are paved (or pavé-d) in chocolate, and cheese is considered one of your five-a-day.
One of my favourite lunchtime spots is Mango Deck (one in the Old Town and another in Rive). I like the concept:
1) Stand before a colourful and appetizing display of healthy salads, fresh pastas as well as seafood and meat dishes;
2) Select your “panier”, (the contents of which they steam if necessary – no frying here);
4) Your lunch is brought to your table or prepared for take-away;
5) Tuck in. Bon appétit!
The variety is excellent at Mango Deck. The salads are innovative, textured and packed with goodies and goodness. I often go for a Mango Mango’s salad which includes salmon mi-cuit to perfection, slices of mango, crunchy mange-tout and lemon chutney on a bed of abundant greenery. I also like the tasty black Tiger prawn salad with grapefruit, cranberries and a generous drizzle of orange vinaigrette, and the aromatic coconut chicken satay salad is certainly one to try too.
The pasta is freshly-made as if straight from “nonna’s” kitchen. There is plenty of choice with truffle tortellini, fagottini with Parma ham, orrecchiette with salmon and some oriental-inspired sauces among the chef’s creations.
I’m working my way through the seafood dishes – red mullet tagine is high on my tastebuds’ wish-list along with Basque-style dourade.
For all the saintliness, dessert must surely be a given. I suggest you leave room for a fondant au chocolat, a tiramisu or some fresh pineapple with basil.
The Mango Deck in the Old Town has a terrace – perhaps we should call it a deck? – which makes it a popular sunny lunchtime spot. Service is friendly and very efficient with reasonable prices given the generous portion sizes – main dishes at around CHF 16 and desserts for around 5 CHF.
Cours de Rive 20
+41 22 840 20 06
Monday to Saturday
8am to 5pm
Rue Bourg-de-Four 15-17
+41 22 310 25 32
Monday to Friday
8am to 5pm