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If Everything Else Fails... Get to Base (Les Brasseurs)

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December 31, 2014 / Pub Food / By
Katie Schenk

When I lived in Geneva (admittedly many moons ago), I spend, well, a lot of time not in Geneva.  It’s not that I didn’t love the city because it’s my absolute favourite place to be.  I think the way I feel about it may even be a little unhealthy.  It’s simply that Geneva was where I lived, studied and worked, and I abused it as a base for the rest of the country and the continent.

So, it’s fair to say that, as much as I love the city, I don’t know it as well as I should.  I can easily navigate the northern suburbs like Grand Sacconex, but if you’re expecting a recommendation for a night on the town, I just can’t be of service.  There is one place though, one that I always retreat to when I don’t know what to do: Les Brasseurs. 

 

Why do I know it so well?  It’s across from the train station, Cornavin, where I was darn near every day I lived in Geneva.  It’s the centre of town, so even if I wasn’t catching a train, I’d likely need to cross through there to get somewhere (unless I was headed into France).

 

But here’s the thing about les Brasseurs – this place brews incredible, artisanal beers.  Dark beer, amber beer, white beer and a special, seasonal beers – that’s what you can get there.  Typically, I opt for the white beer, unless the seasonal one is something incredible.  And, since they had a Christmas Ale on the menu, you can guess which one I chose, right?

 

As we were traversing Europe, I kept promising my boyfriend some flammekuchen.  I could put it off in favour of German sausages and kebabs in Paris because I knew that I could get him one at Les Brasseurs – it’s their speciality.  Flammekuchen is sort of like a pizza but with cream instead of tomato sauce and traditionally, no cheese.  I guess I should say it’s like foccacia with toppings. 

 

When we finally landed in Geneva, it didn’t take long for us to get to Les Brasseurs; about as long as it took to get to our rented flat (and for me to kiss the ground).  We settled into a table near the window, ordered Christmas ales and flammekuchen while I smiled in complete contentment.  I quickly proclaimed Les Brasseurs as base, you know the place you return to if you get separated from your group.  And, over the weekend in Geneva, it truly was our base – in the sense that it was our safe place, our home.  And, wow, those Christmas ales were something special.

Les Brasseurs

Country: Switzerland

Province/State: Geneve

City: Geneva

Address: Place Cornavin 20

Zip/Post Code: 1201

Location Tips: Right across from Cornavin

Phone: +41 22 731 02 06

Website:http://geneve.les-brasseu...

Price Guide:$$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

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