to be honest, my impression of danish food wasn’t too good for a long while – associating the food with semi-raw herring and dry salmon. then came rene redzepi and noma, which piqued my interest as to what local danish food could offer. and boy, i was so willing to spend 400euro for a meal at the best restaurant in the world for 3 years running but alas, even with a two month advance notice, everything was booked up.
there must be quite a lot of foodies and/or rich people in the world eh?
well nevertheless, i was determined to have a taste of copenhagen’s food culture – and well, it wasn’t too difficult to do so actually at a fraction of noma’s price. copenhagen’s food culture seems to be one focused on appreciating what the environment has to offer and to put healthy, good food in your body. which to be honest, is a pretty darn good food philosophy to live by.
case in point: you don’t see much oily, fried foods around the area – most of those are accounted by kebab stores and greasy chinese take-out. copenhagen food seems to focus quite abit on the freshness of produce, having many fruits and vegetables to offer. even the seven eleven is stocked full with fruit smoothies, vitamin water and (healthy looking, protein filled) teriyaki chicken skewers.
so of course, one the cheapest and easily accessible food product is the hot dog, what with all the hot dog stands around. I recommend dop, easily found right next to the Round Tower which improves on the simple hot dog by using organic sausages on a sourdough linseed bun (see picture above). the result? a hot dog that is delicious and yet kinda healthy. kinda. the bread is crisp and sweet whilst the sausage hella juicy. yumm.
another favourite is aaman‘s smorrebrod (open-faced sandwiches), which (once again) serves healthy-feeling, delicious open-faced sandwiches topped with a assortment of toppings. come here for lunch, by the way, cos they don’t serve the smorrebrod for dinner. the waitress (speaking perfect english and pretty, of course) recommended me getting two to three smorrebrods for lunch (which ain’t exactly cheap) and also recommended a really refreshing juice made of elderflower and lemon. i highly recommend the drink, to be honest, because it’s superbly refreshing and the elderflower is a fragrant, subtly sweet addition.
food wise, you have to get the sirloin beef, remoulade and fried onion rings (see right). the remoulade sauce is to die for, just the right amount of tanginess and sweetness and accents the beef perfectly. and well, you can’t go wrong with onion rings.
desserts anyone? try the delicious danish pastries from any local bakery, especially the snegle (snail), which is a gigantic cinnamon pastry with glaze on top. it’s really good and (need i say it?) yet again, it doesn’t ever get jelak make you feel guilty. it’s something in the air man… their coffees at cafes are surprisingly good as well (this coming from a guy living in Rome now)
for a more unhealthy, American option there’s Agnes cupcakes which is a really artfully designed, beautiful cafe with yummy, interesting looking cupcakes. i got the carrot cake cupcake one day, and a chocolate indulgence cupcake (see above) the next. and to be honest, this was the only meal i felt kinda guilty of and i could actually feel the sugar that i was ingesting down. tsk tsk.. Americans..
i want to return to Copenhagen. for noma. =(
dop | 52a kobmagergade, copenhagen | hot dogs
aamans | 10 oster farismagsgade, copenhagen | smorrebrod
agnes cupcakes | svaertegade 2, copenhagen | cupcakes