Osteria 16 Pesce

For a very long time, we have been surprised that Denmark doesn’t have a lot of good seafood restaurants, after all it is surrounded by the ocean.

Recently, we have been seeing quality seafood restaurants popping up here and there. Osteria 16 Pesce is one of them.

Photo courtesy of Osteria 16

The antipasti restaurant with a focus on fish is no stranger to the foodies in Copenhagen. Taking over the space of Pizzeria 54, the seafood joint is run by the same Italian gang behind the popular Spaghettia and Osteria 16.

There, you can enjoy 6 antipasti at the price of 300kr, sampling a range of simple, yet delightful bites such as bacalao toast, ceviche and other seafresh, down with a selection of Italian wine.

Photo courtesy of Osteria 16

The dinner we tried was well paced, and the waiting staff were very friendly. On a dinner day, you can dine alfresco and people-watch outside the restaurant facing the green lane at Sønder Boulevard.

Address: Sønder Boulevard 54, 1720 Vesterbro, Copenhagen Denmark.

Café Coco

Cafe Coco is not your regular hotel all-day-dining spot.

Located in the heart of Vesterbro just a few minutes away from the Central station, Cafe Coco is an upbeat, delightful, French-inspired cafe helmed by the famous local restaurant group, Cofoco.

Expect simple, modern Mediterranean fares with a Nordic twist on their short menu. For instance, their breakfast plate is a Danish classic with organic bun, soft boiled egg and yoghurt, whilst you can also opt for a quick croissant, pain au chocolate to be washed down with a strong espresso.

Rest of the day, try the hipster-meets-classic Avocado on ryebread (smørrebord), or a simple Salad Nicoise, to go with a wide selection of wines.

Cafe Coco serves organic dishes primarily and is committed to sustainability by not serving plastic-bottled drinks. In fact, like the hotel that houses the cafe, the venue is covered by green energy from Cofoco’s solar park in Jutland. How cool!

Their lovely courtyard is our latest best-secret in town. An urban hideaway from the hassle and bustle of the busy Vesterbro.

Occasionally, the chic restaurant also hosts live nights featuring local artists. Think jazz, think bal-musette, think shy Danes (finally) mingling with the world adventurers. A fine tune and a sip of cocktail are all it takes.

Telephone: +45 3321 2166

 

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.

Luna’s Diner

With 2 branches in Vesterbro and Christianshavn, Luna’s Diner serves American Diner inspired foods with a modern twist.

Resembling its American counterparts, the menu at Luna’s is huge – you will see a long list of all day breakfast options and brunch favorites, classic morning delights including Egg Benedicts and omelets and more. For smaller bites and sides, decide from bagels to pastry, hash brown to pancakes and waffles. They also serve salads, pastas, burgers, wraps, cakes, and of course milkshakes, juices, smoothies and more.

Vegans can indulge in Full-English Breakfast made with vegan sausages, butter and cheese.

At Luna’s, be spoilt with choices and friendly services.

Vesterbro

Address: Vesterbrogade 42, 1620 Copenhagen V, Denmark

Telephone: +45 33 22 47 57

Christianshavn

Address: Sankt Annae Gade 5, 1416 Copenhagen K, Denmark

Telephone: +45 32 54 20 00

Viben Fiskehus

Viben Fiskehus is one of the oldest fish shops in Copenhagen. With a recent revamp, the place has transformed into a modern, open fish bar, serving fish & chips, lobster rolls, calamari and fried tiger prawns alongside some sides and dips.

The establishment is located on Værnedamsvej, “The French Street” in the vibrant junction of Frederiksberg and Vesterbro. Perfect for chilling out alfresco and people watching over some refreshing bites.

Of course, you can still buy some fish and seafood fresh from the sea daily.

Address: Værnedamsvej 1, 1819 Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark

Telephone: +45 33 31 74 34

Jagger

Jagger has recently opened their third location in Frederiksberg, serving a host of well crafted fast foods including burgers, hot dogs, fried chickens and hot wings, milkshakes, frozen daiquiris and more.

Jagger is run by Rasmus Oubæk, former Michelin chef who is also known as “béarnaisekongen”, the king of Béarnaise sauce.

For a complete, finger-licking good experience, don’t forget to dip into some Jagger Béarnaise with your delish fries.

Address:

JAGGER VESTERBRO
Istedgade 62, Vesterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark

JAGGER FALKONER
Falkoner Alle 84, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark

JAGGER AMAGERBRO
Amagerbrogade 128, Amager,Copenhagen, Denmark

Italo Disco

This small trattoria tucked on a quieter street in Vesterbro is almost always packed every day. With little marketing (a very minimal website & not-so-updated facebook page), the low-key restaurant seems to be doing very well purely through word-of-mouth marketing and with support from loyal customers.

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It was of no exception on the day of our visit. The charming joint was crowded, with a cheerful vibe. Some of the staff seemed to be familiar with many of their patrons, adding a subtle, warm, Mediterranean flair to the place – it was as if there were some passionate “ciaos” and kisses in the air.

Once seated, we were introduced how the menu worked. An array of antipasti dishes would come in fast speedy; and we would also be served 2 types of homemade “primi” and a dessert. If you have any special dietary preferences, please feel free to let them know in advance and they would tailor something for you.

Olive oil and fresh bread promised us a very good start, and the buffalo mozzarella with grilled eggplants was simple and yet beautiful. Our favorite was the grilled octopus cooked to perfection, and made even more flavorful with fresh smashed tomato seeds, basil and lemon zest. A bit on the salty side, the whipped bacalhau spread was smooth and interesting, building up our appetite. After a fresh salad and some more satisfying crostini slides, we were quite full already.

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The pace slowed down as our friendly waiter took away the many plates from our table; and asked us how we enjoyed the food. With a leisurely break, a delightful risotto with zucchini was served, followed by a hearty pasta cooked al dente with minced meat in a light tomato sauce. While we liked both dishes’ tastes and layered texture, we felt like they were once again too salty to our taste. This could have to do with the fact that quite often stronger seasonings would be needed for late diners, especially for those who are consuming wine. Unfortunately, on this occasion we went easy on our alcohol consumption, thus finding the main courses slightly over salted.

Dessert was a simple profiterole served with peach and chocolate sauce. It is not too heavy and is a perfect end to nice long meal.

Overall, while the experiencing is not entirely surprising, it is enjoyable with good quality food, an energizing vibe and friendly staff. It is worth a try, especially if you are hunting for a new experience in a lesser-known hotspot in town.

Address: Oehlenschlægersgade 5, 1663 Copenhagen V, Denmark

Telephone: 28 58 16 63

Price: 375kr for 5 antipasti, 2 primi & 1 dessert.

 

 

 

Fermentoren

A low-key, down-to-earth craft beer joint close to the meatpacking district in Vesterbro, which is less known to tourists.

Beer is world-class and the cozy place is an amazing alternative to the world-famous Mikkeller when it is too busy serving non-local visitors. When the weather is nice, their outdoor garden is a great place for a chilled pale ale.

There is an extensive selection of craft beers, mostly from microbreweries within the city, eg Amager / Nørrebro. Staff is friendly and is helpful in recommending a beer that suits your taste. They are generally generous if you show genuine interest, so don’t hesitate to ask for a taste.

If you are looking for something off the beaten track, yet close to the city, this is your place.

Address: Halmtorvet 29C, 1700 København v

Phone: + 45 23 98 86 77

Kiin Kiin Piin To in Tivoli

Located in the Chinese Tower in Tivoli, Kiin Kiin Piin To is an “Asian Cafeteria” (as its official website suggests) serving a host of pan-Asian cuisines, ranging from Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Indian.

The place is owned by the Michelin-starred Kiin Kiin restaurant.

Address:  Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 Copenhagen V, Denmark

Website: https://www.kiinkiintivoli.dk/

Telephone: 21 16 31 15