An evening at Chez Henri is like being in a New York City bar on the coast of Bretagne. On a typical evening, jazz standards play as Leslie the sommelier pours wine from her beloved collection, and Philippe rhythmically shucks the main attraction: oysters.
Chez Henri is not the kind of place you’ll spot on the street: much like the product it specializes in, it’s a gem hidden in a rough exterior (in fact, it’s hidden inside of another one of my favorite spots on rue Plantamour in the Paquis). It’s also something of an extended family business, opened by some of Geneva’s own young prodigies, with oysters sourced straight from one of their uncle’s farms in Bretagne.
That family vibe extends to your hosts. Like any good mama, Leslie loves her 50 wines equally (and don’t you dare ask her to pick favorites). But rest assured, not one of them has ever disappointed.
I hear you, oysters aren’t for everyone. Chez Henri still has you covered, with salmon served two ways, Spanish sardines, organic Swiss caviar (what??), and creamy St Marcelin cheese. Chocolate truffles promise a smooth Swiss finish.
When you’ve had your fill of the ocean, walk back to the outer shell for a burger at The Hamburger Foundation, and you’ll have just had yourself a surf and turf dinner.
Totally cool for groups or singles, and dogs, it turns out, are welcome.
Good news! A second location opened at Marché de Rive – just in time for oyster season.