Découvertes / Discoveries

Café Papon

All the pictures are coming from Café Papon’s website, sorry when I go to a restaurant I prefer eating to taking pictures ;P

So it was our anniversary, for my girlfriend and me, and we reserved in a restaurant where my she ate once with her team.

Café Papon is situated in the old town of Geneva – very beautiful area. The restaurant itself is so beautiful with those beautiful vaults, some old stones and doors and the simple but beautiful furniture.

To go with that beautiful setting, the ambience is just perfect: lovely waiters, some gentle music. Everybody just seems to have an amazing time.

You will tell me: “Yeah, yeah, that’s nice! But how was the food?”. I found that it is actually the strongest point of this restaurant. From their website it seems that they change their card every 2-3 weeks. On the menu you have 6-7 starters and around 10 main dishes with fishes, meats and a vegetarian dish.

So what did I ate? For starter I had “Snails with spinach cream with bacon and mushrooms, garlic crusty bread” and it blown my mind – everything is cooked perfectly and you have such balance. It was my favourite dish of the evening. My girlfriend started with “Peasant leek soup with bacon and croutons”, which was very good but not as amazing as the snails.

For the main dish, we decided to have a meat dish and a fish dish that we can share.
For the meat, my girlfriend choose “Beef fillet roast with its marrow bone in rough salt and red wine sauce” and it was so yummy: the beak cooked to the perfection feels like it melts in your mouth, the sauce is in perfect adequacy with the meat, the sweet potatoes purée and the bacon wrapped endive was just lovely. It was really delicious.
For the fish, I took “Scallops fried topped lemon rind”. The scallops that were nice and soft with a crispy top were served with a dark risotto with a strong Parmesan cheese taste, some baked breaded coli-flower and baked artichokes. Every element had a totally different taste and texture, but all together … MIND BLOW (again)! Just wonderful.

We sadly were too full and a little bit in a hurry to have some pudding, but the last time my girlfriend was there, she said that it was amazing too.

With the wine, it costed a total of 160 CHF, which I find good for the amazing quality of the dish.

So if you are in Geneva and want to have some amazing food and just have a great time, you should definitely give it a try 😉


To learn more about this restaurant: http://www.cafe-papon.com/en/

Experiements, Recipe

Cayenne and Okonomiyaki Chicken Wings


Those chicken wings have this nice “low and slow” heat, meaning that it does not feel hot at first but the more you eat the more heat you get.

You don’t have to marinate the chicken wings to make them awesome but marinating will make them awesomer (I know, I know I should same more awesome, but that does not sound awesome).

One of the idea that I want to try the next time I do this recipe is to add some pomegranate in the sauce or just as topping.

Ingredients for 12 chicken wings:

  • 12 chicken wings
  • Marinade (optional):
    • 4 tablespoons of apple vinegar
    • 1 tablespoons of Sweet chili sauce
    • Salt/pepper
  • Crispy crumbs:
    • 5 tablespoons of breadcrumbs
    • 1 teaspoon of sweet paprika
    • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
    • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
    • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
    • Pinch of salt
    • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • Sauce:
    • 4 tablespoons of Okonomiyaki sauce
    • 1 tablespoons of Sweet and sour sauce
    • 1 tablespoons of soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

  1. Cut the chicken wings in two to have the drumsticks and the wing parts.
  2. Optional:
    1. Mix the marinade ingredients together.
    2. Put all the parts of the wings in a plastic food bag and pour the marinade over.
    3. Shake it (“like a polaroid picture”) to nicely cover all the chicken with the marinade.
    4. Let it marinade in the fridge overnight.
    5. Take the wings out of the fridge one hour before cooking them, so it gets to room temperature.
  3. Preheat your oven at 195°C (380°F).
  4. Mix the breadcrumbs and the spices in a bowl. If you don’t have any breadcrumbs you can use some hard bread, put it in a blender with the spices and the olive oil and blend it until you get the desired size of crumbs.
  5. Add the olive oil and mix it well. You might need to mix it with your hands.
  6. Roll the chicken wings in the breadcrumbs mix and put them then on an oven rack.
  7. Cook in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until it gets nice and crispy.
  8. Mix the sauce ingredients.
  9. Put your cooked chicken wings in a pan, without any oil, on high heat and add the sauce. Mix well for one minute and it is ready. You can top it with some sesame seeds or chopped green onions.

Bon appétit!