After living here for sometime, a colleague of my husband remarked that it was a wonder anyone could swim in Lake Geneva, the amount of Perch that was on offer in the restaurants. He was of course alluding to the fact that the restaurants give the impression of offering fresh fish from the lake, when it is anything but. It is imported frozen from other countries.
Some restaurants do sell perch from Lac Leman, as Lake Geneva is called in French but finding a local supplier can be difficult.
The fishermen, Romain Gindre and Julien Monney are to be found sorting out their nets and filleting fish most mornings. When we went there this morning, we watched the Perch being removed from the nets and sorted.
Once sorted, the fish are gutted and prepared for sale. The little fish fillets cost CHF 70/kg – I recently bought fish for CHF 35 (about €30) and that was enough for two very generous portions. This is slightly more expensive that you would pay in a supermarket, but well worth the extra cost for the freshly caught fish straight from the lake.