We all know that the “traditional” cheese for French Onion Soup is Gruyere. However, I’ve rated highly some soups that depart from the traditional route and have added some adventure to the mix. I’ve really enjoyed soups with comté, jarlsberg, fontina, and a few others. Typically, soups with provalone, mozzarella, or cheaper swiss gets a “pedestrian” rating from me, as these are not adventurous at all; they’re just a cheap cop-out.
What we have here at The Georgian (located in the Fairmont Olympic hotel in Seattle) is certainly not a cheap cop-out. It may be the most expensive of the cheese adventures I’ve come across in onion soup. The problem is that it is horrible! I can’t imagine why someone would come up with the idea of putting blue cheese in French Onion Soup. Being a turophile, I’ve enjoyed my share of blue cheese. But this combination is simply ill-advised. What made it worse was that you could tell that the broth was outstanding! They must have spent hours caramelizing the onions and making the broth just right, only to have the taste completely overwhelmed by blue cheese.
This is a fancy restaurant, with plenty of charm. I think they tried to get too fancy with this soup. I always say, “Any French Onion Soup is better than no onion soup,” and I even order some of the bad ones from here if I find myself at those restaurants. But there’s no way I would ever have this soup again!
Rating: 0.5 out of 10