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 serves, it’s a gem hidden in a rough exterior (in fact, it’s hidden inside of another one of my favorite spots, The Hamburger Foundation (THF)). 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 lobster rolls, wild smoked salmon, Spanish sardines, organic Swiss caviar (what??), and creamy St Marcelin cheese. Lemon tart provides a sweet finish. A live jazz band plays every Thursday at the Rive location.
When you’ve had your fill of the ocean, walk back to the outer shell for a burger at THF, 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.