Aside from being an architectural mecca, Copenhagen is also at the forefront of food excellence. I even heard that New York is serving up what New Yorkers term “Danish Sushi”, which I presume would be a modern twist on the traditional Danish Smørrebrød. The traditional is basically an open faced sandwich on a slice of rye bread with typically either breaded fish and remoulade on top, or roast beef, or shrimp, or egg salad. Doesn’t sound too appetizing does it? Well, trust me, it’s not.
However, many restaurants in Copenhagen, including one of my favorites, Orangeriet is serving up a delicacy of this traditional dish. I think the picture says it all… a thin slice of the best rye bread you have ever had with an array of gourmet toppings of your choice. My favorite is the salmon tartar with cucumbers and creme fraiche, I also love the cod roe, the herring and the chicken salad. The excellent staff will help you pair your 1-3 choices of Smørrebrød with a perfectly fitting and fresh white wine. I have never had a bad glass or a bad dish as this restaurant, and trust me, Orangeriet gets my repeat business. Highly recommend for lunch or dinner.
Next on my favorite list is dinner at Pluto. I can safely say that cannot go wrong here. The crowd is great and the food is always fantastic. Some of my favorites are: beef tartar (I don’t even like beef tartar but somehow Pluto makes it good!!), beef carpaccio and thinly shaved parmesan salad, and the cod. Don’t worry they have menus in english upon arrival. Oh and least I forget… all of their deserts are phenom! Much like all of the cakes in Copenhagen. I’m pretty sure I could write an essay on the cakes of Copenhagen… I’m thinking that will have to be the next article to come…
I recently discovered FAMO with three locations in Copenhagen; one in Vesterbro (West Copenhagen), one in Frederiksberg (NW Copenhagen) and another in Østerbro (East Copenhagen). The restaurant is owned by Italian Fabbio Mazzon and Danish Morten Kaltoft. They call it a modern osteria with uncomplicated rustic food… that is exactly right but I would add a little more emphasis on the modern. Two of the dishes we had were of combinations I have never dreamed of but were surprisingly delicious. The menu changes daily and you get what they are serving. We were served up a 5 course meal for 370 kr – a price well worth the food. All of the food served is from seasonal produce from Denmark and Italy. Check out some of their menus here: FAMO.
Hungry for a quick lunch in Copenhagen? Head to Torvehallerne market to Palæo for a sausage, chicken, pork or veggie wrapped in an omelet and stuffed with veggies and yummy sauce, top it off with a fresh ginger juice and feel healthy the rest of the day. Will not disappoint, I promise.
Last but definitely not least on my must list is Fiskebaren / Kødbyens Fiskebar. Located in the meatpacking district, here you will experience fresh Nordic fish dishes served up in style and in a stylish and fun atmosphere too. Go for a drink and an appy at the bar, or a full blown dinner and “foam” (their Danish champagne…delicious!!) with friends.
And of course, there is the number 1 best restaurant in the world… Noma which I have yet to try… well actually it’s just been demoted to number 2, but hey I live in Copenhagen so I’d still like to think we have the best. Here is the world’s best restaurant list if you’re interested.