The Auberge du Cheval Blanc is part of Geneva’s DNA and is located on a cute little square in Carouge. You’ll have to cross the bridge – which was recently renovated – and you can do so by walking, or cycling, or by tram (12 or 18) and even by car. Follow me please, I am about to take you to a lively place where the food, the service, the Big terrace and the atmosphere will be worth your time.
Aymon (who is the brother of Les Enfants Terribles) took over the Auberge in 2006. Over time, the Saturday and Sunday brunch as well as the tapas bar – open from Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm – have become THE place to meet for many locals and expats. Inside the kitchen, you will find Chef Yohan – alongside Anaïs & Kenan – who cooks according to the season with many local products. Feeling hungry already?
Let’s begin with the brunch.
A Big buffet will welcome you. The salted side has salads, a selection of cheese and dry meat, seasonal tarts and quiches with a gazpacho or a soup. Throughout the year, bacon & eggs, homemade beans and the famous chocolate cake are available. On the sweet side: pancakes, fruit tarts, homemade jam, bircher and viennoiseries… Families gather together in a friendly and cosy atmosphere and when the weather is good, the terrace is usually fully booked.
From 5pm, the Auberge du Cheval Blanc opens its tapas bar. The menu, once again, is prepared according to the season as well as the decor with temporary art exhibitions. Aymon tends to be detail oriented. You may taste timeless tapas such as the guacamole and nachos (8CHF), sashimi of smoked sardines (11CHF) or vegetarian bruschetta, Burratina tomatade and black olives (17CHF). Roughly a dozen of tapas are ready to be ordered. Add a few suggestions from the Chef and the last time I’ve enjoyed an afterwork at the Auberge, I tried the pain perdu with Aubonne goat cheese and fresh figs, cooked with wine syrup (18CHF): a PURE delight! The tapas can be sweet to conclude a culinary experience off the beaten track.
Are you thirsty? Beer lovers, this is the place to be as the Auberge offers one of the biggest selection of local beers: Père Jacob (Soral), Brasserie du Niton (Parc Beaulieu) or BUG (Onex): blond, brown, white, dark, etc. The wine list – local, French, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese – is prepared by Julien Bon who is an expert and makes sure that the wine sublimes the food menu.
PS: the Auberge du Cheval Blanc is ALSO a resto in a bistro!
Place de l’Octroi 15, 1227 Carouge
Brunch: Saturday from 11am & Sunday from 10.30
Price: 29.- per person, free until the age of 3 y.o., the price of the age from 4 to 9 y.o.
Tapas Bar: from Tues to Sat from 5pm