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Michelin Guide Upgrades Two Swiss Restaurants to Two-Star Level

November 16, 2011

Nov. 15 (Bloomberg) -- A restaurant in Geneva and one in Zurich won a second star each in the Michelin Guide to Switzerland 2012, with 11 more gaining a first star.

Le Floris in Anieres, which boasts a terrace overlooking Lake Geneva and the Jura mountains, received a second star in the list published today. Chef Claude Legras serves dishes such as pan-sauteed perch with berries, cabbage and quince, or saddle of hare with cabbage and turnip petals. A full menu costs 220 Swiss francs ($242).

Mesa in Zurich was also upgraded to two stars for dishes including pigeon with Jerusalem artichoke, duck liver and parsley; or venison and duck with pumpkin, hazelnuts and cabbage sprouts. Seven courses cost 218 Swiss francs.

“The Swiss fine dining scene continues to improve,” Michelin said in a statement sent by e-mail. “With 96 ‘starred’ restaurants, Switzerland is among the European countries with the most Michelin stars per capita.”

There was no change in the three-star rankings, held by just two restaurants in Switzerland -- Schauenstein in Fuerstenau, Canton Graubunden, which was awarded its third star last year; and Philippe Rochat’s restaurant in Crissier, which has held three stars since 1997.

The new two-star establishments bring the total to 18. Eight restaurants were this year deleted from the one-star list.

Under the Michelin ranking system, one star means a very good restaurant in its category, two means excellent and worth a detour and three stars means among the very best restaurants and worth a special journey.

Michelin & Cie., the world’s biggest tiremaker, is based in Clermont-Ferrand, France, and has been publishing dining guides for more than a century.

The Michelin Guide Switzerland 2012 goes on sale on Nov. 17.

--Editors: Mark Beech, Richard Vines.

To contact the writer on the story: Catherine Hickley in Berlin at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at

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