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.

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

Søren K

Named after the great Danish philosopher, Søren K offers a quintessentially contemporary Danish gourmet experience, promising a fine-dining culinary journey with gorgeous harbour views.

The elegant restaurant has a simple New Nordic menu with each course costing around 120krs. Think local farms, sustainably sourced seafoods and eco-friendly meats. Beautifully presented, the food in Søren K tastes as good as they look.

Located right on the waterfront at the entrance to the architecturally stunning Royal Danish Library, which is also nicknamed “The Black Diamond” by the Danes, we expect Søren K to be quite popular among tourists and locals celebrating a special occasion.

The restaurant is Meyer’s latest addition.

Address: Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1, 1221 København K, Danmark

Telephone: +45 33 47 49 49