Café de Genève (pronounced shuh-neff) was born from the minds of owners Sebastien Gygli and Windy Gancayco. Sebastien (Seb, as his friends call him), hails from Geneva, Switzerland, where he grew up playing basketball and riding his motorbike. Later he taught middle and high school, and worked behind the bar on the shores of lake Geneva, before joining an international organisation. After his career there abruptly ended, he dreamt of running a bar on a beach. Windy, who is the Café’s chef de cuisine, was born in Baguio but lived in Manila and overseas. She earned her French national culinary diploma in Marseilles, France in 2011 then moved to Geneva where she had already lived and worked.
The rest is culinary history… the couple moved to Cebu in June 2013 and opened the Café five months later in a quiet residential street in Villa Aurora, Kasambagan, Mabolo.
On a regular day, you can try the Swiss specialties of cheese fondue or Raclette, the former served with bread which you dip in the melted cheese, and the latter with boiled potatoes, which are smothered with the piping hot cheese cooked in individual pans by the guest. Bon appétit!
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