Eating out in Copenhagen

Danish cuisine has come a long way from the days of bacon and potatoes. Today in Copenhagen you are as likely to come across a re-imagined Smørrebrød with top notch organic ingredients as a hotdog vendor. And it’s not just Danish cuisine that tops the bill; Copenhagen is home to the only Thai restaurant outside of Asia with a Michelin Star. With such a profusion of high quality restaurants even business travellers with little time to spare can find a five star meal in the Danish capital.

Noma

Getting a table at Noma at short notice is as likely as finding a grain of rice in a bundle of straw – both of which may once have been served up at that inventive restaurant. In fact, Noma has been consistently voted the world’s best restaurant. Their innovative approach to foraging and local sourcing has led to a menu full of pure, wholesome ingredients that reflect the Danish landscape and culture. In order to get a table book at least three months in advance. Sample dishes include fresh milk curd and blueberry preserves, wild duck with pear and kale and Potato and löjrom (fish roe from Sweden). This is the perfect restaurant for important business dinners, a special anniversary or for food critics on a once in a lifetime pilgrimage.

Kødbyens Fiskebar

Copenhagen has long held a reputation for great seafood. In fact you could say the city was founded on fish from the stocks at nearby Øresund. The Kødbyens Fiskebar prides itself on dishing up the freshest fish and shellfish available. They state that they are actually fanatical about sourcing the very best produce from the waters around Denmark. The Fiskebar offers a relaxed atmosphere, unpretentious yet high quality food with great flavour combinations. You can reserve a table in advance or just walk in and see if there is a space at the unreserved bar area. This is a great restaurant choice for business travellers who want to wind down and relax with colleagues and friends. They have an extensive wine menu and offer tastings before you decide which one to order.

Aamanns

For proof that Danish cuisine really has evolved into something world class head to Aamanns in Østerbro. They have recently opened on Laight Street in Manhattan and have been well received by the native New Yorkers for their homemade rye bread and ease of take away. Smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches) toppings include traditional fare such as herring from Iceland and smoked salmon or modern flavour innovations like chicken salad with apple and Danish blue cheese with hazelnut crème. Order at least two Smørrebrød for a hearty lunch. They also do a daily cake that should satisfy those with a sweet tooth. Although Aamans specialise in Smørrebrød they also serve hot dishes and have a special Sunday menu for hearty relaxed dining. This is the perfect place to drop by for a quick business lunch. Experience the evolution of a Danish classic with friendly service and a pleasant atmosphere.

Formel B Resturant

The Formel B Restaurant specialises in Michelin Star quality food at brasserie prices. The founders Kristian Arpe-Møller and Rune Amgild Jochumsen having achieved their goals of Michelin Stars and international publicity have now let Formel B develop into what they call something that, gives joy, is simple, honest and unpretentious. Typical menu items include langoustine a la nage with carrot purée and local Danish vegetables and fallow deer with pickled beetroot, green cabbage and crispy malt. Their wine list is extensive and personally sourced from vineyards mostly in France. This is a great choice for business dinners, a special occasion including romantic evenings and for all food lovers.

Kiin Kiin

Apparently “kiin kiin” is what Thai parents say to their kids when dinner is ready. This cute name belies the fact that Kiin Kiin is Denmark’s first Michelin Star Asian gourmet restaurant. This is seriously good food. The food is exciting and innovative taking Thai cuisine to another level of complexity. Rave reviews compliment everything from the atmosphere to the service, presentation and of course the food. In fact many people have turned to Kiin Kiin as an alternative to Noma when looking for a high end dining experience in Copenhagen. This is a great restaurant for business dinners. Conversation is sure to flow easily as you and your colleagues enjoy the smells and flavours of Bangkok in stylish Scandinavian surroundings.