Copenhagen Gourmet Capital Of Scandinavia

Copenhagen Gourmet Capital Of Scandinavia

Photo: Restaurant Noma, Copenhagen

Copenhagen is now home to one of the Best Restaurant in the World and maintains its position as Scandinavia’s Star-studded Gastronomic Capital.

Copenhagen’s own Noma restaurant has just been awarded one of the highest accolades in the culinary world; The World’s Best Restaurant. The award was presented to Noma by UK’s Restaurant Magazine, for its reinvention and interpretation of the Nordic Cuisine.

Noma is the concatenation of the two Danish words Nordisk (Nordic) and mad (food) and the Michelin two-star restaurant,run by chef René Redzepi, is located in an old warehouse on the waterfront of the Christianshavn area of central Copenhagen. www.noma.dk

Henrik Kahn, Director of VisitDemark UK comments:
‘Eating out is an important ingredient, whether you are in Copenhagen on holiday or on business. We are delighted that our talented Danish chefs receive the recognition they so well deserve. This year the Michelin Guide awarded thirteen stars to the city’s restaurants, which clearly confirms that Copenhagen continues to be the number one food-lover’s destination in Scandinavia’.

Danish cuisine as a whole has changed radically over the past twenty years, blending southern European influences with the richness of Denmark’s natural produce, such as its traditionally excellent dairy products, its quality organic fruit and vegetables and of course, the raw ingredients from its surrounding waters.
This transformation has been led by Copenhagen’s restaurants and what seasonal visitors have known for years, has also now begun to be recognised by top food writers, gourmets and gourmands from around the world.

Restaurants with one Michelin star are:
AOC, a Michelin newcomer in 2010
a|o|c – aarø & co is in all terms a sensory restaurant, basing its menus on sensory experiences from sight, smell, sound and taste. Chefs Ronny Emborg and Michel Munk create an exciting dining experience through a distinguished new Danish sensory cuisine. The success is based on an energy of exciting and original flavours, using only the best fresh products available in this carefully created new concept. The restaurant is set within a 17th century vaulted cellar, tables are set with Royal Copenhagen porcelain and the décor is decorated in modern Scandinavian style. www.premisse.dk

Restaurant Herman received its first star in 2009. Chef Thomas Herman has created an original interpretation of traditional Danish cuisine featuring Danish classics like “Burning Love” and “Shooting Star” – but be prepared for a radical and affectionate interpretation. The restaurant is part of the Nimb complex in Tivoli. www.nimb.dk

Kokkeriet is a charming place located near the 17th century Nyboder yellow row of houses. They have small intimate tables and a room in the back for 25 people at an impressive table. The kitchen can be defined as modern European, flavoured with Danish finesse and old traditions. www.kokkeriet.dk

The Paul in Tivoli, named after and run by Essex-born Paul Cunningham. His culinary ambition is to offer guests an intense gastronomic experience, and with a CV including stints at some of Denmark’s most renowned temples of gastronomy, this is guaranteed every time you dine there. www.thepaul.dk

Formel B, a highly acclaimed Modern Scandinavian restaurant in the Frederiksberg area of town. The restaurant’s six-course menu ranks among the very best in Copenhagen, if not Scandinavia, as does its simple but luxurious interior. www.formel-b.dk

Kong Hans Kaelder, a modern Franco-Danish cellar restaurant housed in one of the city’s oldest buildings. www.konghans.dk

Era Ora offers multi-course feasts, and meticulous attention to detail, (they fly in fresh ingredients from Umbria), that are legendary on the Copenhagen culinary scene. www.era-ora.dk

MR opened its doors in 2009. Chef Mads Refslund has gone from success to success and has worked his way up via The Paul, Noma and Kokkeriet. The three key words for his cuisine are fish, sea food and vegetables. www.mr-restaurant.dk

KiinKiin In Thailand this means ‘eat eat’ or ‘come-and-eat’ and this is Thai food at its best. From the restaurant there is a beautiful view and the interior has been put in the hands of the group Panta from Bangkok, especially known for their organically formed furniture. www.kiin.dk

Restaurant Paustian is run by Bo Bech and apart from the title of chef on his business card, he would be right in adding inventor and alchemist. The magic that comes from his kitchen is such that even any blasé food critic is impressed. In 2009 he opened his own organic Bo Bech Bakery. His motto is – one door, one table and one bread. www.wwwbobech.net

Søllerød Kro is a former historic coaching inn in Holte, just north of Copenhagen. It is known for the unfussy, peerless quality cooking of chef Jakob de Neergaard. www.soellerod.kro.dk

Copenhagen Food Festival 20-29 August 2010
Great food to suit every pocket is of course available throughout the year in Copenhagen. For food lovers, a fun time to be there is during the annual Copenhagen Cooking Festival. This is a time for many to get to sample a gourmet meal in a luxury restaurant at a fraction of the normal price. There are numerous outdoor stalls with edible specialities. A gigantic crayfish party will have hundreds of participants and you get to meet the food producers and take part in many other activities: www.copenhagencooking.com

For all information on travelling to Denmark: www.visitdenmark.com

For flight bookings: www.norwegian.com offers two flights daily out of Gatwick, UK to Copenhagen.

For a wide choice of accommodation: www.choice.dk and www.arp-hansen.com

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