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Food & Drink

3x3 Danish restaurants to try in the New Year

The food scene in Denmark is far from sated as 2020 approaches. Fantastic restaurants are opening almost every day in the Danish capital and other large cities around the country that can boast of impressive standards. Here are a few places where you should eat in Copenhagen, Aarhus and Odense in the New Year.

Copenhagen

The Copenhagen food scene has a high international profile and is characterized by quality at both ends of the scale - from some of the world's best burgers, pizzas and tacos to the largest collection of Michelin stars in the Nordic region. Here are three of the newest additions to the Copenhagen gastro firmament, that are bound to be amongst the hottest names in the new decade.

Lola. Foto: Ulrik Jantzen

Lola

Kamilla Seidler was crowned best female chef in Latin America when she ran Gusty, the best restaurant in Bolivia and cookery school for vulnerable children, together with Claus Meyer. She’s now returned home to Scandinavia and opened Lola in November 2019, a restaurant in a former mill in Christianshavn. Lola has already become famous for its exalted gastronomic standard and social profile, and has chefs from all round the world in its kitchen. Even so, the menu is always based on local, seasonal ingredients.

Lola

Christianshavns Voldgade 54, København

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'Banan' a la Andy Warhol at Alchemist. Foto: Søren Gammelmark/Alchemist

Alchemist

The White Guide recently named Alchemist best restaurant in Denmark. A dinner at Rasmus Munk’s reopened restaurant is an amazing total experience, where the food plays havoc with your senses and is served with light and sound effects in several different rooms. There are 50 dishes on the menu, all inspired by the elements that alchemists claimed to be able to turn into gold, and take five hours to bring to life. Going by the reviews, Munk conjures food gold out of his periodic table.

Alchemist

Refshalevej 173C, København

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Sushi Anaba. Foto: Mads Krabbe

Sushi Anaba

There’s sushi you remember from your Friday takeaway, and there’s Sushi Anaba. Proprietor Mads Battefeld is something as rare as a sake-sommelier and sushi chef trained in Japan, and his aim is to serve the best sushi in Europe. His newly opened restaurant in Nordhavn only seats eight, and the menu consists of 22 dishes prepared to perfection from local fish, carefully selected according to the season and straight from the sea, with rice, rice vinegar, soy and wasabi root from Japan. The reviews have been gushing and we predict that Sushi Anaba will become a real talk of the town in the coming year.

Sushi Anaba

Sandkaj 39, Nordhavn.

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Aarhus

The food scene in Aarhus is characterized by young, energetic entrepreneurs, that promise a gastronomic standard on a par with Michelin stars without becoming pompous in the process. The high quality local ingredients from surf, turf and forest are, like animal welfare, the alpha and omega in Aarhus, where you’re never far from the next amazing food experience. Here are three places, you’ll be pleased you went to:

Domestic. Foto: Jesper Rais/RAISFOTO

Domestic

At Domestic, the food is exclusively based on local, seasonal produce. The people behind the restaurant know their suppliers personally and put great emphasis on animal welfare, respect for nature and the shortest possible route from field to table. Domestic is definitely a gourmet experience with one Michelin star to prove it, but without any pretentiousness, and a determination to make every guest feel at home. You start with eight hors d'oeuvres as you settle at your table, and then have a choice of a four or eight course meal, paired with a wine and juice list, at remarkable reasonable prices.

Domestic

Mejlgade 35 B (I baggården), Aarhus

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Bardok. Foto: Bardok

Bardok

The latest hip location in Aarhus describes itself a kind of neo Ottoman bistro, and serves everything from charcuterie, ceviche and boquerones to Georgian dumplings, shish kebabs and burrata from Rødovre. In other words, the three guys behind it, all of whom worked at the now defunct Sårt, have picked and mixed all the best dishes from different cuisines and combined this with an exotic list of drinks to accompany them. They put the emphasis on an unpretentious atmosphere, prepare the kind of food they like to eat, and serve this to their guests. Bardok seats 25-30 diners and has both a bar and restaurant.

Bardok

Åboulevarden 51, Aarhus

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Substans. Foto: Substans

Substans

It will be worth booking a trip to Aarhus in May 2020. That's namely the month that Michelin-starred restaurant Substans reopens in new premises in Pakhusene on Aarhus Ø, with views over the city and port from the 11th floor. The couple behind the venture, Louise and René Mammen, wanted to stay loyal to the sublime, playful, Nordic gastronomy that gained them a Michelin star in 2015, but in a new setting and to further develop the restaurant with brunch, Friday bar and lunch. Before the new Substans opens, you can eat at its sister restaurant Pondus, that serves organic Nordic gourmet food.

Restaurant Substans

Fra maj 2020 på 11. etage i Pakhusene på Aarhus Ø

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Fra maj 2020 på 11. etage i Pakhusene på Aarhus Ø

Odense

The wonderful raw materials on Funen island have finally gained the attention they deserve and have become an important part of the new Odense food scene. Numerous Odense restaurants are now recommended in the White Guide, and as a rule, the ingredients come from local farms. Here are three new places you should try in the main city on Funen:

Aro. Foto: Aro

Aro

An old car repair shop in Odense has had new life breathed into it as a wonderful, new gourmet restaurant, in the hands of young chefs Bjørn Jacobsen and Christoffer Schärfe. Between them, they have places such as le Sommelier, Geranium and Pluto on their CVs, but are keen to experiment with tastes and flavors. Choose between Lille Aro with 5 courses, snacks, bubbly, coffee and dessert, or the Store Aro with 7 courses, snacks, bubbly, coffee and dessert for the extremely reasonable price of Dkr1,100 or 1,400. Recommended in the White Guide.

Aro

Østerbro 32, Odense

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Snack fra Vaar. Foto: Vaar

Vår

Jacob Burmølle Jensen, formerly of restaurants such as Naert and Kadeau, is the man behind this gourmet delight with just six tables on Vintapperstræde. With Vår, he's created a restaurant based on sustainability with the freshest ingredients of the highest quality. The dishes at Vår have been praised for their razor sharp and superb assembly, not least in combination with the organic, biodynamic wines that accompany them. The five and ten course menus cost Dkr550 and 850 respectively, with a matching wine list at the same price. Vår is recommended by both the Guide Michelin 2019 and White Guide.

Vår

Vintapperstræde 10, Odense

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HOS

If you're looking for somewhere to eat lunch in Odense, there’s a new place you should try: HOS on Kongensgade, where they serve a modern take on classic Danish open sandwiches. The ingredients are sourced from organic, local and carefully selected small producers, and everything from juices to jams is home made. And on Fridays and Saturdays, they also serve a four-course evening meal inspired by French cuisine. Michelle Hemme and Jacob Spolum, who have high profile restaurants such as Ruths Hotel, formel b, Sletten and Pasfall on their CVs, have created a restaurant with great service, hygge and magical food prepared with respect for nature at HOS, that doesn’t cost the earth.

HOS

Kongensgade 65, Odense

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