Pâquis boasts a number of worthwhile lunch spots, with many eateries offering thoughtfully prepared and (relatively) good-value plats du jour; each restaurant normally features just one such daily special. Café des Arts is a prime example, and well worth a visit (check the Café des Arts article); wander round the corner, meanwhile, and you’ll soon stumble across Les Cinq Portes, which offers similarly tasty treats.
I enjoy coming here in search of down-to-earth but reliable food and a quiet chat: the layout is airy and leaves room between tables for privacy, the service hovers gently in the background, affording all the required breathing space, and the food is consistently tasty and well presented without venturing into the fussy. When I come here I tend to let the chef make the decision for me, but if the daily special doesn’t grab your attention, the salads are interesting too-in a good way. There is a large terrace in warmer months.