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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/

Of cold brew & hipsters

DSC02718_1-01On our way back from KaDeWe to the train station, we made one last stop at Bikini Berlin to check out a Japanese tea shop, that had a green tea road show going on.

Rolling in, we first made a quick pit stop at the Funk You stall right across the big monkey window, where the young crowd spent their afternoon and a single elderly man meditated in between all the buzz like it was the most normal place.

DSC02722_1-01I had an iced black moon cold brew coffee and M. got herself a huge chai milk tea. I can’t speak for the tea but I loved the cold brew with its chocolaty notes and a sucker punch of caffeine. Even though the coffee is Berlin branded I would have assumed that a place like this would make their own coffee specialties, including cold brew and such but who am I to judge their make or buy decisions.

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It’s a nice place, nothing too exciting or unique, but nice and cosy within all this hustle and bustle. One last mentionable thing was the super friendly staff, truly enjoyable service.

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Funk You – Natural Food
Bikini Berlin
Budapester Straße  42-50
10245 Berlin
Germany
https://funkyounaturalfood.com/
https://www.bikiniberlin.de/en/