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Ready to experience an un-usual Danish brunch? Well, you should know that smørrebrød (literally spread bread, or open faced sandwich) is traditionally served at lunch-time in Copenhagen.
Invariably based on rye bread, smørrebrød can have an almost limitless number of different toppings, from Herring, to raw beef, seafood and egg – but that’s it; they are used to eating a cold, simple, never-changing lunch.
When the brunch idea spread all over the world from the US, the Danish combined their traditional food with international recipes to create an amazing mix-and-match of smoked fish, whole bread, omelette and Croque-Monsieur: a well-arranged combination. But that was the past century: since Copenhagen is one of the hippest cities in the world for food, the brunch scene has become a contemporary interpretation of global food trends – served upon Danish fine porcelains, of course. Avocado, paleo, sustainable, organic, French pastries and… smushi. Never heard of it? Let’s experience how mad and limitless the Danish chefs are!
THE NEW DANISH FOOD SCENE
Royal Copenhagen porcelain and George Jensen cutlery is well known all over the world, but don’t think of your grandmother’s elegant table. In the Royal Smushi Café the signature dish is authentic Danish open-faced smørrebrød, but the size of sushi to taste a variety of small dishes in one meal.
In the city centre as well, on the stunning rooftop of Illum department store, Palaeo restaurant serves up Primal Gastronomy – meaning the healthy, tasty Stone Age-style food without any processed carbohydrates, such as corn, sugar or unnecessary processing. On the other hand, what it does mean is that all the good, fresh raw materials are used: meat, eggs, vegetables, fruit and nuts – the building blocks of our culinary art.
The chefs’ scene is one of the hippest in world thanks to Noma and all its former guys, that spread all over the city and have led a revolution through gastronomy and the restaurant business. One of the best examples is the chef Christian Puglisi, owner and soul of the “universe” connected with the Michelin star restaurant Relae, winner of the Sustainable Restaurant Award 2016. One of his 5 locations is a must-try to understand the philosophy of New Nordic Cuisine and the Danish food movement.
Another address of the Releae-system. A bakery with amazing sandwiches, croissants and the well-known coffee from The Coffee Collective. Try the Italian Smørrebrød, a tasty hybrid.
The former Custom House now hosts two restaurants, two bars and a jazz club, combined they make The Standard. Almanak offers traditional, open-faced Danish sandwiches and dishes like pan-fried Heering, egg salad & salt baked celeriac at lunch.
Don’t be afraid, this Paleolithic food is amazing! The best way to try the primordial gastronomy is a Club Wrap, a Paleo-burger or a Paleo-dog. Order a slice of Stone Age bread on the side.
A must-try in town: a tasting plate of Danish smushi. Smushi are served all day long. Brunch only until 11:30, Sunday until 3 pm.
In the hip street, Jægersborggade in Nørrebro, the first natural wine bar in town and with Relæ, winners of the Sustainable Restaurant Award 2016. Try the tartar (because this is (probably) the world’s only veggie-focused restaurant famous for its raw meat).
A gourmet cookie, pastry and coffee shop in the Østerbro district. The couple behind the sweets are Michelin chefs. Every day there are eight cookies in the counter, each with their own history, taste and appearance. The cookie menu changes according to season.