Copenhagen is a great city, made even better by the amazing access to culinary delights and the introduction of “New Nordic” cuisine. Tony and I had been to Copenhagen before, and so this trip was less about the “seeing” and more about the “eating”. Unfortunately, as is often the case, this “eating” also results in spending waaaaayyyyy too much money on food, but c’est la vie.
We were there for 4 nights over the Easter holiday, and our first eatery was all about the meat. The adventure began at Nose2Tail.
This restaurant is known for it’s meat and seafood, and prides itself on partnering with local farms. They utilize all parts of the animal so nothing goes to waste. This was evident via their pork crackles (pig skin) with a side of bacon mayo.
The main courses are light on options, and I went with the 200g tenderloin with bernaise sauce. I couldn’t wait to eat, as I was still hungry after waking up at 4am to travel to Copenhagen. Alas, all steaks were delivered, and all left plenty to be desired. There were 7 of us total and all of us had luke warm steaks. When we raised this with the waiter, the response was lackluster – the kitchen had already closed for the night.
We finished our food (the meat was still tasty even when cool) and hightailed it out of there.
Would I recommend? As the Danes would say, “nej” (no).
Kokkeriet was my pick for the trip, and I booked our reservation months out just ensure we got space. They have been awarded 1 Michelin Star, and we were ready for a unique, “New Nordic” meal.
The first thing I must share is that this restaurant is EXPENSIVE. The small menu was 900 Danish Krone (132 CHF, 135 USD) and the large menu was 1200 Danish Krone (175 CHF, 180 USD). There are many courses, but the food is small, light and artistic. You don’t leave hungry, but for those prices, don’t expect to leave feeling stuffed either.
There were a few different pre-set menus to choose from, and each included “snacks” at the beginning. Snacks = amuse bouche, and were quite interesting. One included chicken skin (noticing a theme yet?) that was like gourmet Kentucky Fried Chicken.
As each dish came out, we throughly enjoyed ourselves, but before we knew it, we had been sitting at the table for 4 hours with 4 courses to go. Our meal started at 20:30 and didn’t end until 01:30. I was flabbergasted.
The staff was the most lovely I had experienced in awhile and the food was delicious – unlike anything I’d ever experienced. But would I go back? I think it depends on if your butt can stand sitting for 5.5 hours.
Would I recommend? As the Danes would say, “måske” (maybe).
Restaurant #3 was in a very cool neighborhood and had a really interesting vibe. I didn’t see any females working there, and the waiters all wore blue denim button down shirts with leather aprons, like they were prepped to work in their own butcher shop. Everything about this restaurant was meant to pay homage to the Danish island of Bornholm. According to their website:
“We focus on the island’s many small producers of specialty products of high quality. Bornholm has a unique climate, with many hours of sunshine and a fantastic nature. The inspiration for the rooms comes from the distinctive round churches of Bornholm with their raw, whitewashed arches and vaults.“
Fancy potato chip snacks
Koefoed’s menu had a pre-set option (and chicken skin and potato chip snacks), but they also had an a la carte menu that we ate from instead. While this restaurant wasn’t nearly as expensive as Kokkeriet, it wasn’t cheap, and so I opted for one course (cod, mussels and carrots – yum yum!) and 2 of their craft made beers.
Would I recommend? As the Danes would say, “ja” (yes).
Last but not least was Geist, another Michelin Star restaurant. Of all the restaurants, I thought this place had the coolest atmosphere. It was hidden off the main street, dimly lit, and edgy without trying to be. I liked that this place was cool in a subtle way – I even had a hard time confirming if they were Michelin Star.
This restaurant had a recommended pre-set menu that just came from the existing menu at the same price – so we opted for a la carte. Rather than small plates, this restaurant offered medium plates, and really, really, excellent cocktails. My husband and I shared 4 plates and loved each and every bite. We ate the zucchini, white asparagus with lard, chicken wings and scallops, and suckling pig.
The restaurant could get pricy if you were really hungry and ordered lots of dishes, but I felt this was the most reasonably priced and delicious of the 4. It also fit my personality the best.
Would I recommend? As the Danes would say, “helvede ja” (hell yeah).
If you are planning a visit to Copenhagen, be ready to spend money, but on delicious food and experiences. Do your research so you make the most out of each meal. And finally, enjoy!! You can get back on your diet when you return. 🙂