A Dinner at… L’Equinoxe
In the centre of Carouge is this little inconspicuous café/bistro, which leaves you feeling quite uninspired when walking past. After reading reviews online, however, I decided that I would give L’Equinoxe a shot.
L’Equinoxe is located on the 12 tram route just over the bridge when coming from the Plainpalais direction.
The menu here appears quite limited, with around only four or five choices for each course. The options are, however, very exciting and have more of a twist than some of the other standard bistros in town. For a starter, my friend and I both chose the garden salad, expecting to have just a typical light start to the meal. When it arrived, however, the execution was very nice, with an attention to detail that has been overlooked in many other restaurants. The salad included a selection of toasted nuts and seeds with a fine delicate ‘bastoncini’ and a drizzling of nut oil decorating the plate.Plainpalais direction. The café is quite basic in style: dark wooden furniture with little quirks here and there. As it was quite a warm evening when I visited with my friend, we were able to sit outside very comfortably on their terrace. The terrace is very intimate with approximately ten tables and is shielded from the road by little green shrubbery.
For main course, I chose: Saint Jacques scallops in a basil sauce, on a bed of steamed seasonal vegetables with an accompaniment of infused rice; and my friend: roasted chicken with foie gras sauce and roasted root vegetables. Both dishes were cooked to perfection and looked very exciting in terms of colour and presentation. For CHF 30 and CHF 32 a dish, I felt that it was very well priced in comparison to some of the other establishments in the town.
Moving on to dessert, I chose the chocolate fondant, which I believe really shows the potential of a restaurant! Once again I was very pleasantly surprised. The dish looked perfect, with forest berries decoratively placed around the dish and an ultra-fine wafer swirl finishing off the presentation well. Not only did it look great, but it tasted amazing too!
I was left feeling very pleased with both the skill of the cooking and the attention to the smallest details (two things that simultaneously are sometimes hard to find!). After polishing off our three courses and a nice (but simple!) bottle of red Côtes du Rhône, our bill came to just under CHF140- not bad for a meal that I couldn’t fault at all!
I would definitely recommend this little place in Carouge for a quiet evening with a friend or partner. Now the cold weather is approaching, I can’t wait to return to taste the winter menu with a vin chaud in hand!