North Side Meets South Side: A Handsome Line-Up of Talented Chefs
The boys at the Georg like to play and the kitchen is their playground.
Where all the new dish creations are first tested, plated and tasted, their kitchen has been action-packed as they’ve been busy cranking out a new winter dinner menu, new “Fat Freddy’s Brunch” menu and even a new lunch menu featuring all the tasty smørrebrøds that was launched at the joint pop-up with Moka Bros last month.
As productive as they’ve been, I suppose “boys will be boys” as Georg’s general manager Stefano Censi who is half Danish/half Italian thought it’d be good fun to bring in a fellow Italian chef for a month-long stint and, in his words, to balance out the ratio of Danish to Italian in the kitchen.
Chef Fabio Strammiello was born and raised in Italy and has a pretty impressive resumé in some of the top kitchens in the world (not a bad pick for a kitchen playmate). From Italy’s 3-Michelin Star Le Calandre restaurant to London’s Apsley’s A Heinz Beck Restaurant and Denmark’s 3 Michelin Star Geranium restaurant and Noma restaurant, needless to say, he knows his way around a kitchen. But what ties Chef Fabio with the team at the Georg is his shared history having previously worked together at Copenhagen’s Michelin-star Marchal restaurant.
Rather than just bring in Chef Fabio in as a guest chef, this special dinner menu is a team effort – which shows. In typical Nordic style, the dishes are each focused and straight-forward, but not as simple as the menu makes out. There’s a lot of thought and creativity that goes into making each dish stand out, while being balanced and seemingly effortless.
A gorgeous menu by the boys at the Georg, it will be available for two nights only – Friday, December 16th and Saturday, December 17th.
7-Course Dinner Menu is RMB 888 and includes a welcome glass of Champagne
LDS Snapshots of North Side Meets South Side’s Courses:
Fried Quail and Kimchi, Winter Carrots in Sichuan Peppercorn Base & Smoked Cheese wrapped Celeriac
burnt and raspberry pickled onion, warm egg yolk, herb crumble
Scallop Carpaccio, House XO Sauce, Leek Oil & Cream
Langoustine Tempura with Parsley Emulsion and Curry Pickled Cucumbers
Pigeon and Foie Gras with a Dark Pigeon Reduction
Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder with a Spread of Smokey Eggplant and Mint Oil
Risalamande (Rice Pudding) with Berry Ice Cream and Caramel
Chocolate Mousse with Lemon and Rum Ice
While this particular dinner menu will only be available this weekend (Friday & Saturday the 16th and 17th), the Georg has already confirmed that they will be hosting a follow-up to this dinner with a “North Side Meets South Side – Part 2″ pop-up at Bottega on Wednesday, December 21st and Thursday, December 22nd with a collab menu that “shows our take on what Italian food looks like through Danish eyes”. Chef Fabio and the Georg’s culinary team will be guests in Bottega’s kitchen for both evenings and you can expect to see about 3 different starters and a Nordic pizza baked in Bottega’s beautiful Red Wood-Fired Custom-Built Oven from Italy.
Always a blast at Bottega, I recommend coming to taste the new pop-up dishes followed by a Negroni nightcap in Bottega’s newly opened 2nd floor bar called Vesuvio. Stay tuned for more details about this “Geortega” culinary collaboration soon!
North Side Meets South Side Dinner Details:
Dates: Friday, December 16th & Saturday, December 17th, 2016
Time: Dinner Service between 18:00-22:30
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