2023 Author: Cody Thornton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-24 11:20
And to think that until a few years ago it was the disastrous diet that curbed our desire for Nordic countries. Today, however, Copenhagen it's the new Paris, or better still: it's the new San Sebastian, you go there to experience the avant-garde culinary exploit of a city that is filled with Michelin stars.
Until yesterday they were 17, but from today, that is after the presentation of the Nordic Guide 2016, edition of the Michelin guide dedicated to the Nordic countries, they have become 20.
And if last year the lack of legitimacy of the No but, for which global success was not enough to reach the longed-for three stars, in 2016 - sensational at Cibali - it is precisely the first three-star restaurant in the Danish capital to take the stage.
Only, damn it, this time too it is not the Noma of the handsome Rene Redzepi, who, nemo prophet, never wins at home (like Leonardo Di Caprio).
But if the couple of restaurants with double Michelin stars remains unchanged (in addition to Noma there is AOC), the real surprise of which even we Cisbalt southerners intrigued by the sinful charm of Ny nordiske kokken will have to take into account is the Geranium, the first three-star restaurant of the city (the other three stars of the guide is the Maaemo restaurant in Oslo, Norway).
But where does the outsider of Northern Europe come from, for which titles such as There’s more to Copenhagen than Noma were coined already in 2012, is there better in Copenhagen than Noma?
The restaurant has an unusual location, it is located on the eighth floor of the Fælledparken, the building of the city stadium, in the Østerbro area, near a large park complex.
A privileged position that allows you to observe the Danish capital from an unusual angle. You get away from the city tension, despite the fact that the center is close by, contemplating through large windows the panoramic view of the greenery and the sloping roofs of the neighborhood.
Inside, dark tones prevail, both on the walls and floors, with extensive use of white marble for juxtaposition. An elegant and contemporary ensemble.
Chef of the Geranium, an entirely organic restaurant, is Rasmus Kofoed, national pride for having won several awards in the 2011 world cuisine championship, better known as Bocuse d'Or.
The basic idea is the one that pervades all the new Danish restaurants, the dishes offered are designed to evoke the appearance of the undergrowth, in the name of the so-called foodscape.
In the menus cold soup with crunchy vegetables, chicken and stick of dehydrated turnips served with yogurt, baskets of fragrant bread with vegetable creams, in general a technical and imaginative cuisine, based on vegetable ingredients, unknown to us, coming from organic crops and biodynamic.
The tasting menu currently available is called The Winter Universe and costs 1800 Danish crowns (roughly 241 euros at the exchange rate). Two drink pairing available, one based on wine (cost 1400 crowns, or about 187 euros) and a juice pairing, paired with fermented fruit drinks in line with the trend of the moment (cost 700 crowns, at the exchange rate 93 euros).
The thanks of the entire staff on the Geranium Facebook page have been discounted: "We look forward to further growth, thanks to the Michelin Guide for encouraging us to do even better".