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Hidden island feels.

The last place, that we visited during our stay in Geneva was a small corner restaurant on the ground level of a bigger apartment complex. Our hosts come here regularly to satisfy there cravings for Indonesian food and I can absolutely see why.

The owner is super nice and makes you feel welcome instantly, and the menu only holds very few dishes. My choice fell on the ‘Nasi Padang’, which was a beautiful potpourri of small dishes and condiments.

The beef rendang was so soft and succulent, not too strong on the coconut though and slightly creamy. Perfectly fluffily cooked rice, crunchy vegetables, coconut, tofu and beancurd for some fun textures and that egg with it’s fabulous sambal all worked together just nicely.

We all had the ‘Winter Drink’, which was a hot ginger based beverage with small apple cubes for entertainment and extra texture. Pretty awesome and simple.

Besides my ‘Nasi Padang’ they also offer a ‘Nasi Bali’, for which they use yellow rice and add extra chicken – both nasi are available as vegetarian options – an Indonesian type ‘Laksa’ as well as ‘Gado Gado’.

Something special and homely right there.

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Bali Indonesia
Rue du Vermont 46
1202 Genève
Switzerland

http://www.baliindonesia.ch/

Une fête mexicaine!

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First day in Geneva and thanks to my friend’ C’s excellent ‘food-planning’ and ‘table-booking’ skills, we were able to rock up at ‘El Catrín’ for a Mexican lunch and some very mild day drinking. I was very excited.

This place sends pretty vibrant feels, with Mexican music on an endless loop, all at a pleasant volume not interfearing with your conversation too much. Decor and interior are right in your face with bright colors and something new to discover wherever your eyes turn. Unfortunately I totally missed to take a proper shot of all this, but if you see the table cloth you do get the drift.

We had a bunch of starters to kick things off, going together with absolutely tongue smacking passionfruit margaritas. Not too heavy on the mezcal, just nice. ‘Guacamole’ was on spot so everybody kept shoveling it into their pie holes, with what seemed like an endless flow of homemade nachos. The ‘Taquitos Dorados’ were equally crisp, covered with a guac salsa, iceberg lettuce and some pickled onions. A real fun-eat.

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On to the mains. I skipped the taco ‘Al Pastor’ as there was a more intriguing quesadilla variation (the ‘Gringe’) including the distinct spiced pork tucked in between two cheese-layered flour tortillas, together with pineapple, onions and cilantro. A beautiful hearty combination with the acids from the pineapple nicely cutting right through the richness and the spices of the meat.

The selection of tacos we ordered included the ‘Baja Fish’ with its crunchily breaded, beautifully moist fish, equally crunchy red cabbage, pico de gallo and that wonderful creamy signature chipotle mayo. A great classic. Most interesting for me must have been the ‘Pibli El Catrin’. The spice mix of the mayan marinade and the red onion and habanero sauce had something unique and special about them. There were some hints of cinnamon too, at least in my head they were. The safe bet, however absolutely delightful, was the ‘Suadero CDMX’, a corn tortilla, stuffed with slow cooked, melt-in-my-mouth beef confit.

Okay, so food was amazing, atmosphere and interior were something else, slightly intense but in a good way and on top of that service and the level of friendliness at this place were right up there. Solely the price tag was a bit overwhelming in the end but with such an allround enjoyable experience, I have no regrets.

Before I forget, if you’re there, take full of advantage of the extra bottles of spicy habanero and smoked pepper sauce, liquid gold, trust me.

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El Catrín
Rue du Richemont 7
1202 Genève
Switzerland

https://www.elcatringeneva.com/

Chinese gem in Geneva

Visiting lovely friends back from Singapore times at their new home in Geneva and starting quite the food crawl over the four short days we spend with them.

One of my favorite places, that we’ve visited was ‘Xiang Yu’, a Chinese restaurant, they had not yet tried themselves.

We were welcomed warmly and brought to our table, swiftly everything was setup and our order was taken at once.

We ended up overordering a lil – this shall become a pattern during the course of this weekend – and almost every dish had some punch to it, Sichuan-style.

Exceptions were our selected sets of dumplings – ‘Xiao Long Bao’, ‘Jiaozi’ and ‘Har Gow’ – which we actually reordered three times.

I especially appreciated the soupy xlb, they were absolutely delicious altogether, skin, soup and filling. The jiaozi were nicely spiced and even the har gow, which I normally don’t fancy too much, head a pleasant consistency.

Smashed garlicky cucumber salad to mislead my tastebuds just nicely before and in-between the more tingling and numbing dishes, like the Sichuan fried chicken and mapo tofu, as well as the more tame mala mian and that almost glazed, spicy-sweetish eggplant dish.

All in, this was a wonderful lunch – J’s birthday lunch in fact – with just well done dishes, prepared in ways I haven’t experienced in a very long time. Geneva is quite the drive but ‘Xiang Yu’ just adds to the pros side of taking it.

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Restaurant Xiang Yu 湘遇
Rue du Fribourg 16
1201 Genève
Switzerland

https://xiangyu.ch/