A couple of weeks ago our daughter was invited to a sleep-over-party at a class mates house. Peter and I decided to have a "date" that very Friday. Very well...We both started to re-search some options on restaurants around here. We felt like we would like to go to a new, good place. A place where we had never been before. Both of us checked out web-sites like The Washingtonian and Washington Post to get some good ideas. Peter then found a place that sounded extremely good. The place is called "Geranio Ristorante" and it is located on Kings Street in Old Town Alexandria.
So, off we went into the Friday night rush-hour traffic. Old Town here we come! We found the restaurant, but decided to have a drink at another restaurant before dinner. We had our drink and then we headed for "Geranio Ristorante" where we had our reservations. All right, so there we were. We got a table upstairs. After about ten minutes we ordered our wine, and then after about 20 minutes we had the bottle at our table and we could finally order our food. Needless to say it took a long time for us to get our appetizers. I had ordered the lobster bisque, and usually I love that soup. SO not this time around. It looked, and tasted like gravy. So brown, so salty. Peter's food was OK. Tada! Done with the appetizer we were expecting the main course. The waitor placed our orders on the table, only it wasn't our food. Peter had ordered lobster risotto, and I had ordered scallops and potato pancake. We told the waitors that it was the wrong food, but no, THEY claimed it was indeed our food. Peter was asking if they thought his food looked like lobster risotto? "Well, it is, Sir" they replied. Peter cut a piece of his meat, a fish, just to show them what it really was. It just then happened that one of the chef's came through the dining-room, so we grabbed him and asked again. Of course we had got the wrong food. The chef took our plates down to the kitchen again with his apologies to us. Meanwhile the couple next to us had been waiting forever for their food to arrive. About ten minutes after the chef had removed the wrong food from our table it came back up again. This time to our neighbors table. It was exactly the food we had been served. Complete with Peter's cut into the fish. The couple looked at the food, and then at us..."Was this the food you guys just sent back?"...Yes, indeed...It was now cold, and not to mention already cut. The couple just stood up, put a 20 dollar bill, for their drinks and appetizers, on the table and left the place.
Then our food finally arrived. It was almost un-edible, mine was so incredibly salty...AND I am a person that crave and LOVE salt, but this was way too much of a good thing. We left shortly afterwards, without any desert, not leaving a tip. Please people, stay as far away you can from "Geranio ristorante" in Old Town Alexandria. It is the real Hell's Kitchen!
Peter is now in London, as I write this post. He is going to try one of Gordon Ramsey' high class restaurants while there. We can only hope it is a heck of a lot better than Hell's Kitchen in Alexandria, Virginia...