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Restaurateurs and foodies everywhere have long since agreed that restaurant Geranium is a clear candidate for the third Michelin star. While Noma is busy being the most influential restaurant in the world, and moving to Tokyo and Sydney for pop-up events, restaurant Geranium holds the exact characteristics that the Michelin inspectors look for: Stability and reliability over time. In the same way that Rasmus Kofoed has collected both the bronze, silver and gold statues from Bocuse d’Or, I’m sure he wouldn’t ever stop until he’s got one, two and three stars either. Today, he can climb onto the highest level of the Michelin podium. Congrats to Rasmus and his team, and congrats to Copenhagen with the first three Michelin star restaurant in the Nordics along with Maaemo in Oslo!
When I wrote about Geranium after my visit last summer I called it the most mindblowing meal in Copenhagen. I also swore to come back for the winter version of the menu – which I now have. Personally I enjoyed the summer menu slightly more than the winter menu. I also preferred the inspiration kitchen, with clean marble tables, over the main restaurant room with white tablecloths. The first is much better for pictures! Although, I have to say the mood at this time of year was magical, and the company around the table just as wonderful as last summer. The handsome well-dressed man is Erik Valebrokk.
Besides the exceptional cooking skills in the kitchen and the beautiful art-like presentations of the food, what really makes Geranium stand out is the well-trained service staff. The almost coreographed dance they perform, as they make sure that every plate, for every guest, is placed on the table at the exact same time. Likewise, all the empty plates are picked up and removed from the diners in one synchronized movement by a flock of waiters and chefs alike. Empty wine glasses disppear from the table without you ever noticing. Their ability to see everything that happens in the restaurant, and act on it so quickly, is simply impressive. The best part: They dont’t make you feel like you’re in a stiff and formal restaurant at all.
Have you been to Geranium? Do you prefer the summer or winter menu? Feel free to drop a line below in the comments.
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