Enzo Fargione, the chef that, as Tim Carmen of Washington City Paper puts it, “created what is possibly the best chef’s table in the D.C. area,” when he was at Teatro Goldoni’s, is out to do it again – but on a larger scale. Joining him at his new restaurant, Elisir (which means “elixir” in Italian), are chef de cuisine, Michael Fusano, mixologist, Steve Oshana, and general manager, Justin Kraemer. Elisir, which is already accepting reservations, is slated to open for lunch on Thursday, December 1, and for dinner, two days later, on Saturday, December 3, when the restaurant will debut its 7- and 10-course tasting menus and showcase its Android point-of-sale systems, with Android digital wine menus in lieu of the traditional printed wine list book and wireless tableside payment.
In addition to the Android point-of-sale systems, Elisir will feature live video streaming from the kitchen. According to Dining Bisnow, Chef Fargione says the live feed will portray more romance than drama in the kitchen. Nonetheless, Fargione told The Washington Post that the feed “will not include audio, just in case the kitchen adopts any colorful language during a dinner rush.” But, the way Fargione plans to deliver the live feed is somewhat puzzling. Rather than using an integrated webcam to set up the live feed from the kitchen directly to the digital menus at the tables, as, for example, Chef Gregor Zimmermann does for diplomats and business guests at the exquisite gourmet Restaurant La Terrasse in the Swiss Confederation’s official state guesthouse (be sure to read our previous blog post to see how Restaurant La Terrasse’s “iPad Digital Menu Serves “High-Tech Haute Cuisine” at Bellevue Palace”), at Elisir, a ceiling-mounted camera over the chef’s plating station will stream the video to 5 HD flat-screen monitors – 2 in the main dining room and 3 in private dining rooms. (Don’t miss our previous blog post, “iPad Digital Menus: Your New Interactive, Live, In-House Cooking Show.”)
The much anticipated opening has D.C. all abuzz. Word has it that Fargione is bringing his recipe for Smoked Branzino Carpaccio, with him from Teatro Goldoni. Dinner guests will be able to find the sommelier’s suggested wine pairing to go with the chef’s famous, cigar-box smoked, specialty fish dish, with Elisir’s Android point of sale systems technology-hosted wine list, which will also let customers browse the entire 250-bottle collection or find detailed information on a specific vintage.
But Fargione also admits that “the [printed dinner] menus [at Elisir] are so big that you won’t want to hold them.” Which begs the question: why not host the dinner menu tome, not just the wine list, on the Android point of sale systems, instead of hoping, as Fargione says he is, that guests will simply “go with the suggestion of the server”?
For now, at least, the Android point of sale systems technology, like the white tablecloths, will only be featured during dinner. Fargione told Dining Bisnow that “lunch will have a different feel from dinner, aiming to bring in a budget-conscious power crowd,” by offering a package deal, which includes an entrée, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage, for just $19.
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