This is your more typical Michelin starred restaurant, with all the service perks and a choice of a long or short tasting menu. The folks bringing the trays from the kitchen all wear toques but unfortunately we were facing the window and all my photos of them were too dark. The meal is definitely choreographed with the presentation of the item, the saucing or garnishing done table side, a break in the middle for a course in the kitchen
and the chef coming out to greet each guest. Nothing left to chance. One fellow we talked serving at another restaurant said when he had worked at Geranium they had to take dancing lessons so they would walk elegantly with their trays! All this does result in a first rate product which is visually stunning. Start well and end well will result in good memories and they did that. The cheese crackers were crispy with strong tastes of butter and cheese and left me wanting more. The beeswax ice cream was custardy, smooth and totally refreshing with a perfect amount of sweetness – again leaving you wanting more. In between, the carrot ball was so pretty I hated to eat it but was rewarded with a liquid taste explosion when I bit it in my mouth. The pear was sweet with the most delicate slices imaginable. The artichoke sticks tasted as if you were eating Jerusalem artichoke but it was crisp. Tomato water doesn’t sound all that great but it is – the essence of tomato in a different form. Like the asparagus soup – just liquid creamy taste of asparagus – and the potato broth. Not to make it all positive, the razor clam was so-so and I preferred the seasoned butter at Radio to theirs. Other courses were less memorable but overall a very pleasant way to spend 3 hours of your afternoon!