Writer and Geneva resident Bill Harby went for a wander in Geneva on Sunday. Here is what he found.
Today in Pâquis, Geneva’s intriguing neighborhood full of immigrants and Swiss who run cafés, restaurants, and other, ahem, businesses, I had the luck of the flâneur. Flâneurs are people who simply wander to see what they may discover. Today this flâneur found The Hamburger Foundation, his new fave burger joint.
The menu consists of exactly three items:
- Bacon cheeseburger
(CHF 19, 20, 21)
Vegetarians can order from the menu in some other resto.
Each delicious juicy burger (all Swiss meat, cooked medium pink unless otherwise ordered) comes with a green salad, frites and coleslaw. Squirt bottles of ketchup, mayo and American-style mustard are on the table.
Wines are listed under three non-snob categories, one red and one white in each:
- Cheap CHF 5
- Good CHF 7
- Great CHF 8
There are two beers too. And yet, when it comes to spirits, choices suddenly blossom. (That’s another story.)
Plus, there’s, believe it or not, an oyster bar in the back. (Also another story.)
The Hamburger Foundation started with a pop-up truck, then came the Pâquis restaurant a couple years ago, and now a second truck, and soon two more locations in Geneva. This fun, friendly place is owned by three guys who’ve been friends since high school in Geneva. They have roots in New York, France and the U.K. They always said that one day they’d open a business together. I’m glad they did.
By Bill Harby