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of late is best known for its New Nordic cuisine and ‘Noma’ voted the world’s
No 1 restaurant for the past two years in a row, which is creating a buzz
across the world! That said, before Chef Rene Redzepi made foraging haute and
served ants as a starter, the city’s restaurant scene boasts of many Michelin
stars and is also home to serving Innovative and top class cuisine , making it
one of the most exciting culinary destinations.
GO OPEN IN COPEN
caught my fancy were the gorgeously decorated open faced sandwiches called ‘smorrebrod’.
Interestingly it dates back to the 19th century, when the city’s elite spruced
up the traditional working class lunch. Basically it is a dark, sourdough based
rye bread smeared with creamy butter and hidden under toppings of your choice.
Toppings run the gamut from eel, boiled eggs, and chives to combinations of
avocado, roast beef and mustard. There are endless varieties and all look
beautiful and taste creamy and crunchy. As for me, I checked out ‘Told
& Snaps’ which I was told has one of the largest selections in the
city and true enough not only there was a huge variety but they were
innovative, fresh and superlative. My vote goes all out to the
curried herring, and roast belly of pork with red cabbage...Simply divine! One
can have them with wine, but as this is true local cuisine I paired with ‘Snaps’
aka Danish grain alcohol. The panelled walls and gilt framed pictures made for
perfect setting for a memorable lunch.
BY THE WATERSIDE
quality encourages walking, so that’s exactly what I did, through ‘Hojbro
Plads’ with its many outdoor cafes surrounding the famous Stork
Fountain moving on to the colourful and touristy ‘Nyhavn’ which is also
known to be the longest bar in Europe. I couldn’t help but admire the colourful
18th century houses, hotels and restaurants reflected in the canal below. The
cafes are on the side of the colourful buildings so when I sipped my cuppa I
was a part of the scenic view too. The area buzzed with tourists, sipping their
drinks and enjoying Danish food. I could see locals get takeaway food and sit
on the edge of the canal looking back to enjoy the view.
NEW NORDIC CUISINE
I first heard of New Nordic Cuisine, pickled fish, potatoes and meat balls in
Gravy came to my mind, but if you are dining at ‘Noma’ think again, it’s
much more than that. Using local, seasonal produce in innovative ways is the
cuisine all about. No more olives, oranges, exotic fruits etc. instead
attention is given to musk ox, fruit and water from Greenland, cod -fish, lamb,
sea-weed and wild berries from Iceland and herbs from Danish forest beaches and
so on. At the summer Olympics, Chef Rene Redzepi caused a stir by serving live,
lemongrass-flavoured ants at his London pop-up.
Chef Rene Redzepi
This vision proved successful
indeed as ‘Noma’ today is the best restaurant in the world as per the Michelin
guide. While walking outside ‘Noma’ I found a standalone houseboat where I was
told by some locals that young, enthusiastic cooks and academics spend their
days experimenting with things like seaweed, pine needles, lichens and insects
and they are happy to share their findings with anyone who’s interested. One of
the protagonists of the New Nordic Movement is also Claus Meyer; his restaurant
has earned rave reviews as well. Other restaurants worth trying are ‘Relae’
& Vin’ on the hip jaegers brigades and ‘AOC’ situated on Kongens
Nytorv. All in all the New Nordic is a movement driven by two terms local and
healthy, which can get tricky when the growing season is just June to August.
Hence the ocean takes on added importance, as do wild game, root vegetables and
ON THE GO
popular street food
actual mission for the day was to eat some ‘herring’, one of the great delicacies
of Denmark. Basically they take a preserved herring out of a barrel, slice it,
take out the bones and cut off the head, very tasty, though these stalls always
seem to be so crowded that it takes a while to get your herring cut up. I had
mine with gherkins and onions…it was decadent to the core. ‘Hotdogs’
on the streets are still quite popular, being a takeaway style rooted in Danish
culinary tradition. The polser aka sausages are quintessentially Danish and
polser wagons are peppered around the city, making it uber convenient to grab
and go a snack. The hot dog sausage is steamed, then grilled and the bread made
from leaven and rye is warmed in either an oven or a toaster. And I said yes to
everything the vendor asked including raw onions, fried onions, ketchup,
cucumber salad, mustard and even remoulade, in one word wow! I also came across many ‘pancake’ stalls, hot
sellers being sugar and butter, though I would recommend the one with ham &
cheese or if you have a sweet tooth try the one with chocolate sauce and
Best Way to Reach- Emirates has a direct flight to Copenhagen via
Dubai. It is the cheapest and the quickest way to reach from India. A good idea
is also to stop at Dubai enroute to make the most of your trip. Fares may vary;
check on www.emirates.com while
making a booking.
Visa & Currency- Indians require a Schengen Visa to enter Copenhagen
and the currency used is the Danish Krone and 1 DK equals to approx. 10 INR.
Dialect- Danish is the predominant
language, while English is widely spoken.
Best way to Move around- The most efficient way to
move around is by foot or a bicycle. The
city is completely flat and has an impressive network of cycle paths and
dedicated bicycle traffic lights.
Best Place to Stay- Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, a premier designer hotel
is ideally located across from the city’s main train station, and is a short
stroll away to the Tivoli Gardens and Stroget shopping district. Hammerichsgade
Copenhagen, V DK-1611 Denmark. Tel: +45
Must Try- Kiin Kiin, the World’s only Michelin starred Thai