When I was visiting they had two
several course menu's to choose from:
the oriental and the Scandinavian type.
I took the oriental one (7 courses), which maybe more
precisely meant to be inspired by the Japanese
Indeed this was the case.
It was in its structure and presentation
clearly influenced by the Kyoto style Kaiseki dinner.
But it was not a copy, it was fusion Scandinavian, Japanese,
etc. at its best.
Before the menu started, the chef served 4 (or was it 5) amuse bouches.
Of course, a lot of energy was put to the presentation
(and also in this sense it remembered the Japanese cuisine).
Sometimes the presentation was so attention demanding that
the culinary quality (which was of course there) was shifted a
little bit in the background.
Sometimes the balance was just ideal.
Incredible for me was one of the amuse-bouches, grilled
chicken hearts with a marinated cube of pears it was served on
hot pebble stones - of course there was a twist which I could not
figure out to make the taste so delicious. For me it could have
been a main course.
Altogether marvelous culinary delights were presented.
More intended to titillate ones palate then to fill you up.
Also some of the dishes might be not so easy to appreciate
for somebody who is a beginner in the field.
It is always hard to compare restaurants working on this level.
Clearly, there is a distinction let us say with Frantzen and Lindeberg
in the whole philosophy: At Frantzen and Lindeberg the material and its
own taste was brought to the extreme,
at Esperanto the presentation plays sometimes a more important role.
This was accompanied by an extremely competent choice of the
wine menu by the sommelier.
The next time I will also test the Scandinavian menu.
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