Obviously not for you if you’re aspiring to be a size 0 by Christmas, but we all sometimes need something more substantial than salad or juice. And if you’re going for it, you may as well go the whole hog and choose the most decadent burger and shake combo in town.
The new croissant burger and the Oreo cookies and cream shake!
The burger is great hangover fair, the shake not so much!
A shot off caffeine will always lift my spirits and if it comes in a crunchy chocolate-coated cone served by a smiling male barista with broad shoulders and stunning blue eyes, you have ticked all the right boxes for me!
Add to that, a homely café with comfy seats and a laid-back vibe where you can hang out for days without anyone ever raising an expertly groomed eyebrow and it becomes a home from home.
The sort of place where you’ll get that warm, fuzzy feeling that brightens up the bleakest day.
The energy cocoa and date balls in the glass jars on the counter are a good option if you want to lessen the guilt factor by going for something healthier, but you need at least 3 of these to have the same effect!
An enormous seemingly bottomless bowl of thick, chewy noodles in a tasty, salty and slightly spicy broth that will send your tastebuds into a tingling tailspin.
Ebi tempura Udon noodles (CHF23.50) – ultimately satisfyingly thick and tasty white wheat flour noodles made fresh in the restaurant every day. The noodles are served in a dashi – a tasty broth flavoured with wakame (a type of edible seaweed), tempura flakes and spring onions and served with a slice of kamaboko. (a type of cured surimi – a processed seafood product).
Wear the plastic apron they give you– it get’s pretty messy.
I’ve yet to find a girl (or a guy for that matter) who failed to be cheered up by the sight of a fairytale pretty cupcake. (OK, there may have been a few German exceptions)
Melt in your mouth sponge cake, covered in layers of buttery pastel-coloured icing and sometimes with a surprising burst of flavour oozing from its plump centre or topped with edible flowers, sparkles or sweets. What’s not to love?
You can’t have your cake and eat it in the shop, but they give you sweet little take-away boxes to open in the comfort of your own home.
Buy at least 12, as the cupcakes re small and you’ll want more…
The Cacao choc blanc – a cacao sponge cake and a white chocolate filling topped with blue vanilla flavoured butter cream icing. Satisfying on so many levels.
Place Grenus 5, Geneva
You can even order them online.
Box of 12 petit cupcakes
CHF3 for one, CHF2.50 when you order 6 and CHF2.25 when you order 12.
Soup is like a hug in a bowl and my friend Chef and photographer Caroline Blackwell does a French onion soup that will make you go back for seconds and thirds.
This is a hearty, filling peasants soup, made with cheap and easily available ingredients. The secret in creating a really good soup is in the cooking of the onions. One can’t hurry the caramelisation process! She then added the Savoyard twist by using Chignon wine from the Savoie and Haute Savoie Reblochon cheese
These heavenly pastries are well worth getting out of bed for. Traditionally a ‘cramique’ is the name given to a type of sweet breakfast bread with raisins sold in bakeries in Belgium.
Baker Frédéric Vaucamp reworked the traditional brioche bread into a delightful teatime treat – or anytime treat for that matter! The cramique looks like an oversized scone but is much tastier! Sweet, buttery and soft…heaven! You can opt for a plain, chocolate, raisin or raisin or sugar option. Bonus is that they are open on Sundays! Enjoy with a creamy cappuccino or a strong cup of tea.
Rond-Point de Plainpalais 9, 1205 Geneva
Rond Point de Plainpalais 9
100g – CHF2.90
250g – CHF5.90
The other treat this bakery is famous for is: ‘Merveilleux cake’ (a rich cream filling incased between two meringues covered in a thin layer of cream and encrusted with shaved chocolate… available in different flavours)