ON FRIDAY 31st JANUARY, banish the wintry blues with a live music party – DJ and saxophone – at qu’importe in Carouge.
We love a spot of live music in a restaurant or bar – good, solid vibes that start slowly and build as the evening continues, unexpectedly turning into a little party with your friends that makes you feel happy to be alive!
UPPING THE ANTE IN SLEEPY CAROUGE
If you’re a regular reader, you will know that we often hang out at qu’importe tapas bar and restaurant in Carouge – and until now that was mainly because of its great wines, cool cocktails and excellent food – food is VERY important to us!
With just the right amount of subtle lighting and a cosy fireplace – not too many of those around in Geneva – they also manage to get the atmosphere just right. Service is efficient – which should be a basic, but is quite rare in Geneva.
But as from January 2020, qu’importe will up the ante in sleepy Carouge with a series of cool parties, including live music and DJ, as well as cocktail nights.
And why-ever not? We need more than the promise of a glass of red wine or vin chaud to get us out of the house on a winter’s night.
To call this a tapas bar is not really fair as in Geneva this often means a few strips of cheap salami and a chunk of unidentifiable cheese. It also doesn’t do justice to Michelin-starred French chef Yoann Caloué’s efforts to extend their own exquisite tapas menu to include world-class restaurant sharing plates.
This means we are a bit more selective with the kind of company we invite along for the night – only the ones we trust not to scoff the entire content of a sharing plate before we had a chance to take our second sip of vin rouge. We may have mentioned this before, but the breaded oxtail and tartare sauce melts in your mouth – a delicacy well-worth trying, if you’re not familiar with it. The octopus and artichoke plate is good too.
For the more conservative appetites, you can’t go wrong with a succulent burger and chips and some Iberian chorizo and calamaretti.
Vegetarians are well catered for and we liked the arancini rice balls with mozzarella and tomato or opt for the potatoes with melted Vacherin, your own little mini-raclette.
1 Rue de l’Ancienne, Carouge
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