Sunday Brunch at Au P’tit Bonheur
When the sun is shining it is always agreeable to enjoy eating alfresco style whilst escaping the buzz of city life in Geneva. Recently we did just that and accompanied friends for brunch at Au P’tit Bonheur. A short drive out of the city centre, this pleasant restaurant is set in the picturesque commune of Pregny-Chambésy.
The shaded garden terrasse is across a quiet road in a private and pleasant setting opposite the restaurant. Enclosed by hedges, this area has plenty of seating with a large tree set in the middle of it. Located on the south-western shore of the lake, there is plenty of space to sit back and enjoy the sunshine in the relaxed atmosphere of this tranquil commune.
A varied menu awaits you with the usual scrambled eggs, omelette, pastries, breads, yoghurts, cereals and salads but there is also the option of Entrecote de boeuf with Café de Paris sauce and frites – should you prefer something more substantial. I’d heard good things about the eggs benedict so decided to plump for that option as it’s not something I have seen on other brunch menus in Geneva. All three types of eggs benedict – Traditional (with ham), Norwegian (with salmon) and Florentine (with spinach) – are available at Au P’tit Bonheur, accompanied with grilled potatoes and fresh vegetables. I chose traditional eggs benedict and what a treat it was. Although the jambon was more like bacon than ham this did not detract from the overall dish which was cooked to perfection with beautifully poached eggs and delicious potatoes and vegetables. The meal was complete with a refreshing glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, though you could compliment brunch with a glass of champagne or a mimosa cocktail.
Our portions were generous so we were already feeling more than satisfied when we were offered a mound of French toast by the extremely friendly owner of the restaurant. We managed to find room to sample this extra and unexpected delight, though we were barely able to move as a result! The surroundings of Au P’tit Bonheur are so pleasant we decided to prolong our visit (and aid our digestion) by enjoying a glass of wine to prolong our lazy Sunday afternoon in the sunshine.
Sunday brunch is served from 10am – 3pm. Prices range from up to 25.50CHF for eggs benedict (depending on your choice) to 39CHF for the Entrecote de boeuf. There is also a set menu including scrambled eggs, French toast, yogurt, toast, fruit juice and coffee or tea for 28CHF.
We travelled by car from the centre of Geneva to Pregny-Chambésy as there is on-site parking. You can also take the V or Z bus or catch the train to Chambésy as the restaurant is within walking distance of the train station. For more details visit the website which is available in both French and English:auptitbonheur.ch