Welcome to New York!! zzzt…. sorry no, we are still in Geneva!
Chez Philippe is the latest restaurant by Philippe Chevrier, the great chef that owns already quite a collection of must-sees and eats in the surroundings. However, this time he wanted to WOW us, gives something we had never seen before in Geneva.
The first thing to notice when you enter is the vibe, in the ground floor you have an urban bar with modern decor, inside there is people having a drink, eating a burger, chit-chatting… it could be an informal date, an afterwork or a drink between friends. The crowd is young- professionals with a cool attitude 🙂
As soon as you take the stairs (or the elevator) you arrive to Le Grill, the main restaurant. Here you have what I call A RESTAURANT in all its extension. You could actually be ANYWHERE in the world, Hong-Kong, New York, London, Mexico? It is a hip international atmosphere with a cosmopolitan crowd that is willing to have a good piece of meat (literally).
An open kitchen howls in the back of the room with its bright lights and large grills, in the middle? a bar with bottles, glasses and spirits to satisfy any demand and on the opposite side of the room THE CELLAR that is almost like a piece of art holding more than 2,000 bottles. However, the best is yet to come with the terrace that is along the whole restaurant and that holds 80 places.
I went there with hubby and we had a beautiful table next to the kitchen! We were able to see all the action in the kitchen with Chef Gilles (in the pic below) on the spot. It is amazing to see all the process of a dish coming out of a kitchen, for us it is simple, we order and it arrives… however everything that happens behind is really like a dominos maze.
The waiter orders- a ticket comes out in the kitchen- the chef screams the order – the cooks start the mise-en-place – then they put everything together – chef double checks that everything is fine – off we go! And then with the main course … same process 🙂 We cannot say that being a chef is a calm job….
IMPORTANT NOTE: All the meat that is served in the restaurant comes from Grand Boucherie du Mollard and you can also buy then to take away.
Going on with our dinner here is what we ordered:
Lobster Bisque with bourbon – with a side cream
The side of the Lobster Bisque
Tuna Tartare, avocado, crispy shallots
Our Main courses
Suisse des Alpages – Rib Eye – 250 grm
Asparagus side dish – THE BEST
Mousse au chocolat – normally is for one person, but this time they made one for me!
Poached Pinneaple with raspberry sorbet
Yes we got three desserts! Strawberries with lemon and mint
I loved every single dish, I think the craftsmanship is amazing. It is like the good restaurant you would go either for business, or for a birthday, with a date or your in-laws.
And of course, I cant wait to come back and try the Manhattan and the Empire, look at them!
Dessert from another table I hurried to snap!
Chez Philippe in 6 points:
Food: Good comfort and delicious food & crazy-I-will-go-on-a-diet-tomorrow desserts
Concept: Grill, simple and straight to the point dishes that enhance the product
Atmosphere: Great Brasserie – hip restaurant – very cosmopolitan crowd
Prices: Starters 11 CHF – 25 CHF / Meat cuts from 23 CHF- 98 CHF (for 100 grm KOBE +12) / Side Dishes 3 to 4 CHF / Desserts from 10 CHF – 22 CHF (for 2 ) .
Location: Perfectly located in the heart of the banking district
LivinGeneva tips: 1) You can actually buy the meat to go if you want to & 2) they will soon have a terrace, so book in advance to be there!
Suisse des Alpages – Rib Eye – 250 grm
Schedules: Everyday °The Grill : 12h00 – 15h00 & 19h00 – 23h00
°The Bar : 11h00 – 23h00
Website: Chez Philippe Facebook: Chez Philippe Facebook
Telephone for reservations: +41 (0) 22 316 16 16 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Address: Passage des Lions, Rue du Rhône 8, 1204 Genève (the most beautiful gallery in Geneva, see pic below) Bus: Bel-Air