Restaurant Lola

Opened in Nov 2019, Restaurant Lola is a fairly new restaurant and caterer in Christianshavn, Copenhagen.

Apart from delicious food, you can experience also ‘social gastronomy on the menu’ as Lola is also ‘a training ground for people on the brink of the working society’.

Its menu adopts what has been trending in Copenhagen – ‘social dining’, and offer plates for sharing. A range of snacks costs 50DKK each, and a dish starts from 90DKK. For a full experience, try their 4-course tasting menu with a glass of bubble at 550DKK.

It is rather sad that after only 1 season, the social business soon faced the corona crisis.

Therefore this unique, beautiful diner is on the top of our list to visit from 18 May 2020, when restaurants are finally allowed to open.

 

Telephone: +45 53 55 58 63

Address: Christianshavns Voldgade 54, Copenhagen, Denmark

Noma serves as an outdoor wine bar from 21 May 2020

The famed Danish restaurant, Noma, multiple time winner of ‘Best Restaurant in the World’ will reopen on 21 May,  2020, according to its official facebook post.

The Copenhagen hotspot will be turned into am outdoor winebar, serving a range of wines, cheeseburger / veggie burger, whose potato bun is developed by Gasoline Grill.

For those who have been on the waiting list forever, here is the good news. No reservation will be needed before the restaurant ‘prepare for the official reopening of Noma, the restaurant we we know it’.

The wine bar will be open Thursday – Sunday, from 1pm – 9pm.

Takeaway available. Preorders for 10 or more burgers at burger@noma.dk no later than 10.00 the day.

Address: Refshalevej 96, 1432 København K, Denmark

 

5 rooftop restaurants / bars to visit this summer

Let’s be honest – some of us are still in our winter jackets.

But despite the chilly weather – we have been enjoying the sunny days, since errr, the lockdown?

Now that the country is reopening up, we can finally get some air – and all savor some long-awaited gourmet bites.

We are looking forward to visiting these rooftops:

Gro Spiseri

This rooftop eatery is an urban oasis in Osterbro, Copenhagen. Upon climbing up the stairs, you are greeted by a lavishly green rooftop garden, where some of the ingredients are harvested fresh. At the beautifully adorned greenhouse, enjoy a 6-course seasonal dinner served ‘family style’ (495DKK). The menu is very popular and there’s usually a waiting list. So hurry up!

The rooftop bar

The name says it all – Hotel Denmark‘s top-floor terrace is the rooftop bar to be in Copenhagen. Enjoy fantastic view of the city hall, tivoli and more as you lounge and sip cocktails while soaking up all the sun in the airy location. Summer hygge at its best!

Illum’s roof terrace

There are many restaurants at the iconic Illum mall in downtown Copenhagen. Some of which on the top-floor offer a nice alfresco vibe. But to be honest – none of the restaurants are that impressive food-wise. So leave the food to the tourists but you can still have a great time having a cool beer or nice glass of wine at the terrace overlooking the busy Købmagegade. On the other hand, Original Coffee, is our top choice there! It has the best view among all F&B joints in Illums – and the quality of their fares are uncompromised. Grab a cup of aromatic coffee, a piece of freshly based danish pastry and an uninterrupted view of Christiansborg. We simply can’t wait.

CitizenM

Very few Copenhageners know of this new hotel and therefore we have been keeping CanteenM a secret. The new design hotel’s lobby / living room / cafe / bar / restaurant offers no-nonse all-day-dining options with a view. With floor to ceiling windows and a long patio, CanteenM gives you a poster-perfect place to unwind whilst enjoying the spacious view of the City Hall plaza opened up not long again (due to the decade-long metro construction).

DAC Cafe

We don’t know when the museums are going to be opened yet, but when it does, we are pretty sure Denmark Architecture Center‘s topfloor dining spot will be busy again. The spacious cafe has 3 rooftop terraces, one of which has an expansive harhorfront view, and another overlooking the charming old streets surrounding the inner canals. On weekends, get a special deal with exhibition admission and brunch buffet at 185DKK only.

5 hotel restaurants to visit after the corona crisis

As Denmark starts to re-open, the border remains closed. And even when our home country is slowly getting back our little freedom of movement, most others are still struggling with the coronavirus situation. Flights are limited and the hotels are, no doubt, suffering.

Apart from helping the hotels to get back on their feet, dining in hotel restaurants offers several advantages:

  1. Danes don’t really have a habit of going to eat in hotels, unless they are staying in one. As such, you have better luck in enjoying a dining experience whilst keeping a certain degree of distance with other patrons.
  2. Price. Very few are in the mood of spending big bucks right now as many of us are still worried about job security, or work reduction after the economic ad package is over. Interestingly, the hotel restaurants in Denmark are no more / more or less expensive compared to a random burger joints in the city center, with a main costing around 150DKK. Hotel-dining actually offers good value for money if you want to dine-out after weeks of eat-in.
  3. Hotel restaurants also offer fantastic, attentive service compared to other regular restaurants and cafes, that unfortunately cannot afford to train up their staff.

 

So here are some of the hotel restaurants we recommend visiting when they are ready to greet guests again:

Restaurant Noi

The all-day dining restaurant of the luxurious Nobis Hotel Copenhagen is an elegant place to enjoy sophisticated New Nordic fares. Spacious and comfortable, the hotel restaurant offers tasting menus featuring fresh and delightful local ingredients. Don’t be intimidated by the fancy decor, their menu is quite approachable, ranging from around 150DKK per course.

 

Sea by Kiin Kiin

This sister restaurant of the Michelin-starred Kiin Kiin is 71 Nyhavn Hotel’s Southeast Asian Kitchen. As the border is still closed and many other countries are still in lockdown, you can enjoy delicate modern Thai dishes with a modern twist (at around 145-245 DKK per course, or 375-595DKK for a tasting menu) whilst witnessing Nyhavn without tourists.

 

Vækst

This beautiful greenhouse is Hotel SP34‘s dining hall run by the famed Cofoco group. The award-winning restaurant offers New Nordic dishes with fresh herbs and veggies, accompanied by some seafood or organic meats. A 3-course menu is 300DKK for vegetarians or 330DKK for those who cannot live without meat.

 

Roxie’s

This restaurant and bar in Hotel Herman K is a part of the Kadeau family, which recently faced a near-bankruptcy if not saved by some investors. The concept of ‘social-dining’ might satisfy your hunger for some human interaction after days of being in quarantine. With 345DKK for 6 servings, the menu will comfort you without hurting your wallet.

 

Gemyse

Nimb hotel’s beautiful oasis offers 100% organic greens and serenity. A course starts at 95DKK and the more expensive Sea Fresh Fish is at 145DKK only. After so many days indoor, we can definitely use some airy vibe at Gemyse’s garden.

Restaurants and cafes reopen on 18 May 2020

On 18 May, 2020, cafes and restaurants in Denmark will reopen, after weeks of national lockdown.

Restrictions on opening hours and number of guests are yet to be announced.

Nørrested København Copenhagen Cafe
Cafes and restaurants are set to re-open on 18 May 2020

Food & Beverage ventures have been providing takeaways (madklubben’s deal seems to be rather successful, being sold out rather often) , or turn themselves into grocers (such as Ralæ‘s sister restaurant Manfreds offering organic vegetable packs from its partner-farmers).

Foodies – are you ready to wine and dine again, or you will keep ordering in for a little longer?

Iluka

Iluka is a fine seafood restaurant helmed by Noma alumni Beau Clugston, who has quickly been titled “King of Sea Urchin” by local media.

Whilst Denmark is surrounded by the sea, you’d be surprised that seafood is not a culinary focus in the country. If you are lucky, you get some good salmon, herring or cod from your local fish truck. That’s it. The lack of cooking tradition and mainstream interests, as reflected in the lack of fresh, easily available seafresh supplies, may explain why there are almost no famous seafood restaurants around town. Iluka nicely fill in the gap.

We tried Iluka on 2 occasions within 1 month. Both times, we went for the tasting menu (around 600kr for 4-5 dishes) featuring a couple of dishes selected by the chef, based on seasonality and at times, customers’ dietary requirement.

Due to Clugston’s fame for his sea urchin, we felt obliged to order the faroese sea urchin & grilled bread (120DKK). It is, like the nordics – crisp and calm. Compared to the Japanese ones, it is not as fatty and sweet. Nonetheless it was an interesting Danish experience, especially for my friends visiting the city.

We were utterly surprised by the mussel soup with peas and milk curd. Without any salt, the soup is a delicate reduction of the mussels. So fresh and naturally sweet whilst smoothly balanced with the silky milk curd.

Next up – the minced mackerel is fatty and nicely complemented by the lemon juice’s acidity. Appetite level went more up.

As the main came, we were equally stunned by the sumptuous, juicy whole sea-beam, topped with an expansive layer of kale and soft herbs. As it entered, the steamy fragrance of herbs made us crave for more and the tender bites did not disappoint. We were so joyfully full at the end.

It was definitely the best dining experience I had this year.

Therefore, rather quickly, I booked another dinner in Iluka – as I simply couldn’t wait to try again. However, things were on a rather salty for almost all dishes this time. In fact, after just 1 sip, I could no longer take the same mussel soup I once enjoyed so much. Moreover, there seemed to be some problem with the ventilation. So on that particular evening, the dining room was rather smoky. It was truly a shame – if not for its inconsistency, Iluka could readily be our top restaurants and I would even imagine it winning Michelin stars.

 

Address: Peder Skrams Gade 15, 1054 Copenhagen, Denmark

Telephone: 30 30 95 89

Menu is available here.

Falang Asiateria

Opened earlier this year, Falang Asiateria is a fairly new restaurant in the heart of the vibrant Vesterbro, Copenhagen. And it has quickly become one of our favourites for authentic Thai bites in the city.

Upon the first look, the decor of Falang is overwhelmingly pan-Asian. The pink exterior and the bright orange interior walls, excessively touched up with dragons, lanterns, buddha statues, Thai garland, maneki-neko and whatnots, seems like an orientalist interpretation of the East – Thai confused with Chinese, with some hints of Japanese and Korean, trapped in the plastic/nostalgic 60s.

Their menu reflects the same – primarily Thai with a dash of other influences. You get the classic pad thai, papaya salad, stir-fried morning glory, miced meat wraps while an occasional odd one such as the kimchi fried rice slips in.

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So far, I couldn’t really expect an authentic Thai dining experience. However, the food surprised us totally. The falang salad was fresh and refreshing. The crispy pork wrap was deliciously blended with delightful greens, sweet onions, lime zest and a world of flavours. The whole deep-fried seabass should not be missed – so moist and tender inside whilst crunchy outside. The tastes, like its decor, is a blend of stimulation, and yet – genuinely enjoyable.

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We visited Falang 2 times in 1 week. Once in a quiet afternoon and another on a buzzing weekend evening. On both occasion, staff here were friendly and attentive, and could address to our rather complicated dietary requests (as we were in a large group with different preferences) without hiccups (as we often see in other restaurants with similar pricing level).

Seeing a good portion of Danes and Asians in the group, owner Troels Würtz popped by our table and asked how the food were. Our all-emptied plates gave the best approval.

Falang

Address: Istedgade 48, 1650, Vesterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark

Telephone: 33 21 33 22

1 dish is around 150DKK, and for a starter and main plus drinks, we paid around 400DKK per person.

P Eatery

P Eatery is a sophisticated gastronomic bistro of the recently redesigned luxury hotel Skt Petri. Located right in the city center, overlooking The Copenhagen University, the ground floor restaurant is home to a Scandinavian interior, where the expansive restaurant space is lined with a simplistic concept with lavish details – marble tables, leather chairs, dark wood elements, whilst floor-to-ceiling windows invite natural day light to brighten up the otherwise rather uninviting space.

Despite its prime location and rather approachable pricing for its standard, we are not surprised that the restaurant is often half filled, only. Although its website says they ‘cook with no pretensions … No muss, no fuss’, its relatively glamorous layout and standard high-end hotel grade service can be considered as quite intimidating for locals.

Menu is Nordic with a Mediterranean twist, and is split according to size with petit, medium and main dishes. There is also a choice of a 4-course tasting menu at 450DKK (or 350DKK for vegetarians). We have tried the 4-course tasting menu and a la carte at several occasions and the experience varied from wow to ummm (disappointment partly due to high expectation thanks to previous charms).

Overall, it is a good place for a special night out. Enjoy the attentive, 5 star dining experience without burning the wallet.

 

P Eatery

Address: Krystalgade 24, 1172 Copenhagen, Denmark

Telephone: 00 45 33 45 98 90

Restaurant Wilhelm

Located in the old city, Wilhelm is a sophisticated dining restaurant focusing on game and local ingredients. The food seems to be Italian inspired with a Nordic twist – wild, sustainable meat and fish, distinguished and yet calming. The no-nonsense staff are some of the most friendliest in town. They are attentive and while serving, they won’t give you some of those robotic description of each choice (which we sadly have experienced in some of the Michelin establishment in the city).

On a windy, rainy late winter evening, we stepped into this calm little Viking house, seemingly resembling a modern hunter’s joint. Decor is simple, like most contemporary Danish fine-dining restaurants. Yet with deer horn, pheasant and game displays, alongside wood elements and plants, the place is warm and welcoming. Taking central stage is the open kitchen where you see all the actions. Chefs and waiting staff all take turns in welcoming their guests to their home.

This is the menu we experienced and it warmed our heart:

WILHELM MENU – 450,-

  • Lumpfish roe, smoked lumpfish, cauliflower, almond, chive  oil & herbs
  • Reindeer, jerusalem artichoke, daikon, horseradish, ajipon & ramson
  • Ravioli, pheasant, ricotta & cabbage
  • Wildboar, celeriac, eggyolk, winter truffle & watercress

The starter, a delightful cauliflower puree was rich in taste and complemented the seafresh very well. However, the Reindeer was slightly on the light side and was not particularly memorable. Yet the jerusalem artichoke was very fresh and distinctive. We found the ricotta overshadowing the taste of pheasant a little in the pasta course, but overall it was an enjoyable dish. The main star, the wildboar, was absolutely stunning and made the night. We could come back just for this before the season ends. Are you game?

 

Wilhelm

Address: Nikolajgade 18, 1068 København K, Denmark

Telephone: +45 53 85 02 81

Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday 17.30 – 24.00