We are back from Copenhagen, where we have spent the most amazing ten days. We’ve had wonderful walks by the water, we’ve discovered new corners, we’ve been inspired by the always beautiful Danish design and we’ve eaten fantastic food, for Copenhagen is home of some of our favourites restaurants. And this one in particular, Almanak, was one of the highlights of our trip.
We wanted to visit The Standard for quite a while now. Sadly, we couldn’t make it during our last stay in Copenhagen, so this time we were determined to try one of its restaurants. The Standard is a beautiful art deco building which used to be the terminal for the ferry lines that covered the route between Denmark and Sweden. So, as you can imagine, it’s located right next to the water, overlooking the inner harbour. The Standard hosts three restaurants and a jazz club. The three restaurants are: Studio, with 1 Michelin-star, has been named the 3rd best restaurant in Denmark and the 10th best restaurant in the Nordic countries, Verandah, a contemporary pan-Indian restaurand and Almanak, devoted to seasonal Danish produce.
On a crispy but sunny Saturday we opted for the terrace of Almanak and its tempting lunch menu based on the typical Danish open faced sandwiches. But don’t be fooled, their take on Smorrebrod is fancy and elevated, to say the least. Great quality produce, incredible presentation and a totally exquisite mix of flavours. Following the advice of our waitress we chose four different open sandwiches to share. We started with the cold ones.
This was the “Havgus” cheese, celeriac, pear & caramelized pear puree open sandwich. Almost too pretty to eat, don’t you think? Amost. Because it was absolutely delicious. Pear and cheese are always a wonderful Autumnal combitation and with the sun warming our shoulders and the sea breeze adding a salty twist to the air, it seemed like the perfect match. The celeriac add the acidic touch that balanced the dish avoiding an overly sweet flavour.
Then we had the creamy chicken, bacon, tarragon & grilled mini romaine open sandwich. It was very nice too, but maybe a little bit bland. It was our least favourite. However, the textures were great.
Afterwards, it was time for the warm dishes…
This was not your avarage Smorrebrod and you can tell by the presentation. The Danish omelet with goat cheese, radish & pepper bacon was outstanding. It was comforting, rich and we loved the strong touch of the mustard. Since some clouds were covering the sky and the air was getting colder, we bundled up in our scarfs and welcomed this dish, which was like a big blanket for our stomachs.
See the views? Lovely.
And we saved the best for last: the mushroom toast on grilled garlic marinated bread & Havgus cheese. Well, from now on if I have to define Autumn, I will picture this toast. The flavours were amazing. The mushrooms, the cheese, the marinated bread… everything combined so beautifully. It was fragrant, ridiculously savory and we just wanted to keep on eating. One more picture…
Honestly, we would come back to the restaurant only for that. And maybe order a dozen.
So we couldn’t help but peeking inside the restaurant. Unfortunately we couldn’t take any pictures but you’ll have to believe us: the decor was tasteful, modern and oh so Danish. Soft greens and greys contrasted with white and wooden accents. The dining room was filled with light and the whole place gleamed with that discreet elegance that you can only find in Copenhagen.
If you are planing a visit to Copenhagen, please add Almanak to your bucket list. Here, you will be able to try the typical Danish specialty in a wonderful environment and enjoy the terrace if you are lucky with the weather! Afterwards, you can walk along the promenade to the wonderful Black Diamond and enjoy a peaceful stroll through the library gardens. This place ticks all the right boxes: perfect location, brilliant decor and scrumptious comfort food.