Edouard de Castro
Favorites list: bars and restaurants (unordered) and food topics/news
L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon (New York, USA)
Le Socrate (Geneva, Switzerland)
LaSalle (Zurich, Switzerland)
Ka Chon (Geneva, Switzerland)
Schwellenmaetteli (Bern, Switzerland)
Cafee1001 (London, UK)
Do Hwa (New York, USA)
Restaurant Parc des Bastions (Geneva, Switzerland)
Le Comptoir (Geneva, Switzerland)
Kornhauskeller (Bern, Switzerland)
Curiositas (Geneva, Switzerland)
Alhambar (Geneva, Switzerland)
Blowfish Sushi (San Francisco, CA, USA)
Le Calamar (Geneva, Switzerland)
Italian food in Geneva (Switzerland)
Le Quai (Fribourg, Switzerland)
La SIP (Geneva, Switerland)
Road Runner (Geneva, Switzerland)
Cool bars in Carouge (Geneva, Switzerland)
Drinks and Tapas in Barcelona (Spain)
"Swiss cliche" food (Geneva, Switzerland)
Giger [Alien] Bar (Gruyere, Switzerland)
Nice food blogs
What Time is Dinner?
Le Thé (Geneva, Switzerland)
To taste ? : Molecular gastronomy
To Test in New-York?
To Test ?
Zolo (Boulder, Colorado, USA)
Delicious gastronomical burgers!
Concept by Philippe Chevrier, Chef: Benjamin Garin
(Launched: Feb 27 2014)
What more to say!... yum/miam
My favorites: the classical bacon & cheese, and the Lobster roll (squid ink buns!, grilled lobster!, lime remoulade dressing, shallots, mashed avocados)
Denise’s (art of) burger
(Grand Magasin Globus Food Hall, Entree Place du Molard)
Rue du Rhone, 48
Tel +41 58 578 5247
closed June 30 2012 ... Robuchon might return to New-York …
French (and asian) influenced cuisine with high(est) quality ingredients. Cool and elegant space, attentive service, ~excellent food (nice Sea Bass served with “the” perfect mashed potatoes in a mini-Le Creuset dish! Gasp! ;-)
For the new form of casual haute cuisine today means substituting woven Chilewich placemats for white tablecloths; less formality, cream, and butter; and sourcing of ever-more exotic ingredients.
Great Brasserie style restaurant (with a retro look). I love their Souris d?agneau confite – pommes puree! :)
Les meilleures adresses du GaultMillau 2011: Gen?ve: Le bouillonnement gourmand d’une capitale – article de l’Hebdo
p.s. Other nice french food place:
produit du terroir
phone: +41 22 328 5598
In “SchiffBau” beautiful old factory building. Modern clean space, Italian and French (decent) food in a classy ambience.
phone: +41 44 258 70 71
Cool asian fusion noodle and soup (and more) bar (is the ground floor of the “Wooden Hut” – a nice but ~ bland thai restaurant – same entry).
Phone: +41 22 310 5715
A hip bar and Italian-inspired restaurant on a breakwater (on the Aare river) beneath Old Bern. Partly outdoor (“summer lounge”) with a nice minimalist architecture.
(also has simple “snacks”, including a tasty burger).
Cool alternative “hip” coffee shop and DJ bar off Brick Lane. They serve fresh food and drink from dawn until dusk, 7 days a week.
Bars I have to see in London:
|Absolut IceBar London [31-33 Heddon Street, Mayfair] First permanent icebar in the UK. The walls, bar, tables, and even your own personal glass with a vodka cocktail are made out of the purest ice. Every six months the complete bar is reconstructed with a completely new design.|
Korean restaurant, sober and trendy space! “nouveau-Korean trend” / downtown hip (owned & designed by Jenny Kwak… with Quentin Tarantino as co-owner / investor? ;-)
via flickr © Robin Goldstein FearlessCritic
55 Carmine St.,
New York, NY 10014
phone: +1 212 414-1224
In the kiosque of parc des Bastions. Romantic and magic. Great terrace in summer, great veranda in winter (now open year-round). Nice “plat du jour” at lunch.
1 Promenade des Bastions (Place Neuve)
phone: +41 22 310 8666
Trendy and minimalist Asian-fusion restaurant and bar sporting cool furniture, the occasional local DJ, swanky chicks, and great food with nice wines by the glass. Nice place for a date!
9 rue Richemont
phone: +41 22 731 32 37
Fall 2006: the same owner, opened a new cool ~sushi bar just next door:
Lola (9, rue Richemont)
Note: other Asian restaurants (either high or low end) in Geneva are all quite bland or kitch!
Entering the Kornhauskeller is like entering a cathedral, except that the stunning vaulted ceilings and frescoes are all underground. At various times a granary, a post office, and a beer hall, this historic building is now a classy gathering spot with an emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine (not that great). In the beautifull gallery overlooking the restaurant you’ll find a bar (65 varieties of whiskey), casual seating, and a humidor.
Great for rainy Sunday coffee sessions!
Phone: +41 31 327 7272
Cool restaurant + Cabinet of curiosities! in an old physics instruments factory!...
A swanky cocktail bar above the old Alhambra Theater. Too many people in a beautiful high ceiling room, usually with a DJ. A small tapas menu early in the evening and a nice brunch on weekends until 2pm.
rue de la Rôtisserie 10,
phone: +41 22 312 1313
Closed during Alhambra theatre/house renovation: 2013, 2014 !?...
Cafe&IceCream: Remor (Since 1921! Good hot chocolates and home made ice creams, burgers, “kiches”. Old fashion but somehow “hip”. 3, place du Cirque)
sushi restaurant with Japanime on the walls and lots of cute girls bopping around.
A refreshing change from the boring “usual” Japanese restaurant!
© ZagatBuzz on flickr
(I know, it’s kitsch!)
2170 Bryant St
San Francisco, CA 94110
phone: +1 415 285 3848
Cool bar & restaurant. Semi alternative / hip style. Themed nights (DJs), nice terasse in summer (if you don’t mind breathing car exhaust!), nice burgers!
92 Carl Vogt,
phone: +41 22 321 6277
Classic and excellent italian food (no giant pizza here!). Nice sober & clean space.
20 Place du Marche (Carouge)
phone: +41 22 301 94 51
closed (now “Chez Sami”, Lebanese restaurant!)
Hip & swanky Italian restaurant in a nice industrial/sober space with an “open kitchen”. Food is quite nice (e.g. crawfish – home made pasta).
11, rue de Fribourg
closed (now “Le Baroque”...)
Modern space, good Italian food. Divided into a courtyard (bar) and a patio (18th century!). Dishes are supposedly inspired by ancient recipes from the 15th to the 18th centuries.
Expensive and pretencious, but represents a refreshing change from the common Geneva bland Italian “pizzeria”!
|56 bis rue du Rhone,
phone: +41 22 3103990
Cheap, “familial”, the opposite of trendy ;-) but good pizza place.
Route de Veyrier 32,
phone: +41 22 342 55 03
New Fribourg’s trendy bar/restaurant (+ occasional live music). Set in a former chocolate factory (from outside looks like an old train station!) in an old industrial “district”; Large and beautiful volume. Minimalist, elegant but warm.
Cool bar and dance club in a beautifull industrial building (former scientific, optical and measurement instrument factory), next to the contemporary art museum. Several floors, bars (in the dance club the “discobar”, on 1st floor: le grand bar (opens at 10pm), le petit bar, on ground floor, terasse: le barlow).
Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 8-10
Straicase view (in the SIP building not the club) © Evdokia
To me: best simple/’classic’ burgers in the galaxy.
High end fast food (they only make burgers; btw ‘don’t like to have a burger in a “normal” restaurant). Tiny and simple “gourmet” hamburgers.
+ with your burger you can get a “decent” californian merlot or cabernet by the glass…
(caution: no default dressing = not soaked in mayo and ketchup = could appear dry to boorish people. “Dress it yourself” from the “stuffing bar”)
p.s. no Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus burgers nor Wile (The Coyote) and no Road Runner (Beep Beep) cartoon decoration/theme!
My favorite: “Texan burger” (cheese and bacon) with extra peper.
Route de Chene 63
phone: +41 22 735 64 20
Some other (new, since end of 2011) good “fast” burger place:
Inglewood and very good: Denise’s (art of) burger
other decent burgers in Geneva (not fast food):
at le Calamar, Remor and Faim?
interesting local burger site (although they didn’t worship Road Runner! ;-):
the burger blog
n.b. google: the other burger only place called “Road Runner”, is the “Arctic Road Runner” in Anchorage, Alaska! ;-) ‘have to see that.
p.s. speaking of good “fast-food”: good Japanese takeaway places:
“Qu’importe le flacon, pourvu qu’on ait l’ivresse”
Wine bar & snacks/tapas
1, rue Ancienne, Carouge
+41 22 342 15 25
37-39, rue Vautier, Carouge
For tourists, but fun! 3 places I used to like in Barcelona barrio Gotico & Gracia :
El Tropezon tapas bar
Carrer del Regomir 26
El Aguelo tapas bar
Carrer d’Avinyo 37
Like a medieval tavern
Cafe del sol
Place del sol 16 (Gracia)
Nice and cool bar with terrace on Gracia’s Plaza del Sol.
Cafe du Soleil
Best (cheese) fondue in the galaxy.
place du Petit-Saconnex 6,
1209 Geneve, Switzerland
+41 22 733 34 17
Good fondue too :
“Au vieux Carouge”
Rue Jacques-Dalphin 27, Carouge
+41 22 342 64 98
Original place for a fondue (winter only) – “on” the lake:
Buvette des Bains des Paquis
Like a wart on the nose, in Switzerland’s most touristic village – Gruyere – next to the HR Giger (designer of the monster in the Alien movie) museum, a bar decorated the “Alien” style! Great bad taste; ‘heavy’ but fun and ~unique!
In the 1790s the upper class was rising from bed around 10 am or noon, and then eating breakfast at an hour when their grandparents had eaten dinner.
They then went for “morning walks” in the afternoon and greeted each other with “Good morning” until they ate their dinner at perhaps 5 or 6 pm. Then it was “afternoon” until evening came with supper, sometime between 9 pm and 2 am! The rich, famous and fashionable did not go to bed until dawn.
In fact it was just ‘snobism’ for the rich to distinguish them from the poor and the peasant that were bound to follow sun natural light cycles…
Anyway I think it’s a fun/nice ‘tradition’ that should still be followed!
At first, only those able to afford candles could indulge in late final meals. The poorer classes ate while there was still daylight, and went to bed not long after dusk.
Now that we all have artificial lights, why go to bed early? ...
Cutest, coziest, tiniest chinese tearoom / ~restaurant (Dim Sum and steamed bread) in Geneva. Nice place for a date (definitely need to reserve in advance + note: from the outside this place has no sign/name!).
65 rue des Bains,
phone: +41 79 436 7718
The mad scientist cuisine that’s taking the epicurean world by storm; ‘Contemporary’ ‘abstract’ cuisine.
A handful of kitchen counterculture chefs are playing with food in ways that probably make their mamas queasy.
Most famous “molecular chef”: Ferran Adrià with his El Bulli restaurant in Spain.
Has been voted world’s best restaurant! (by Restaurant magazine, 2006)
Cala Montjoi, Ap. 30 17480, Girona, Spain
phone: +34 972 150 457
Synthesis of elBulli cuisine
Note: there you can drink a mythical Swiss “Pinot Noir” wine : Gantenbein.
In Switzerland: Denis Martin (18/20 Gault & Millau 2007)
... December 2006: tasted: great fun!
La gastronomie a Vevey
rue du Château 2, Vevey, Switzerland
phone: +41 21 921 1210
Thai-inspired French fusion cuisine!
1 Central Park W
phone: +1 212 299 3900
Red Snapper Crusted with Nuts and Seeds
Thai Pepper Creme Caramel
Thai pepper creme caramel, via flickr © ulterior epicure
n.b. also by Vongerichten; ~japanese!? : Matsugen, 241 Church St.
Vertigo (Zurich, Switzerland)
Dinner in bed!: Vertigo “extended dinning”. Like being in 2001: A Space Odyssey movie!
Chef: Daniel Fischer
(1.2011: website down!?)
phone: +41 43 888 44 88
Le Lexique (Geneve, Switzerland)
Au Lavandou (Geneve, Switzerland)
Good contemporary southwestern restaurant. Nice wines by the glass and 100 varieties of tequila…
Bland space but good food.
To me: their crusted ahi tuna is the best tuna preparation ever! (argh I don’t see it on the menu anymore!?)
2525 Arapahoe Ave. Boulder, CO
phone: +1 303 449 0444