Copenhagen is a foodie’s paradise and there are many excellent restaurants, cafes and bars scattered throughout this wonderful city. But let’s start at the top of the pyramid; Rasmus Kofoed’s Geranium is considered to be one of the best restaurants in the world. It’s a serious walk from the nearest bus-stop (why did we take the bus?) and you have to trust your smartphone when it directs you around the training pitches to the back of the Danish National Football Stadium. Distant memories of Delia Smith’s restaurant within Norwich City’s Carrow Road stadium (a different league altogether) were soon forgotten when we entered the restaurant. Danish minimalistic style: the epitome of cool.
You can, of course, check the menu on the website and spoil some of the surprises but at the end of the day it’s best just to trust the Geranium team to wow your senses with amazing creations. The table-by-table kitchen tour is like visiting the inner sanctum of an important religious building: you might arrive as a non-believer but you’ll leave as an impassioned convert.
Finish with a coffee (but see below) sitting under Rasmus Kofoed’s three Bocouse d’Or statues.
Where? Geranium. Per Henrik Lings Allé 4, 2100 Copenhagen. Phone +45 6996 0020
Why? Because Danish Michelin 3-star cuisine isn’t what you expect
Other reviews have rightly focused on the excellent food, staff and atmosphere and these give a good impression of this wonderful restaurant.
I’d like to focus on the 3 things that could easily be improved:
1) the overly-verbose wine waiter rattling-off his emotionless descriptions parrot-fashion and in a somewhat condescending tone. The producer of the vinho verde gives consultancy to various Portuguese companies apparently. Really? So what? This needs to be re-thought because it is inconsistent with the otherwise excellent interaction of the staff with the customers.
2) the theatrical nonsense of opening a young, sediment-free and somewhat average bottle of red by cracking the neck
3) the really below average, crema-less espresso produced at the table by the equally theatrical hand-operated machine. The coffee did not do the rest of the meal justice.
Apart from the above, everything else was as perfect as one should expect from such a highly acclaimed restaurant.