Kadeau

Tuesday 28 May 2013

As we were unable to get into Noma, despite Kym Machin’s intervention, I had a backup and booked us into Kadeau, which has recently been awarded a Michelin star.  Copenhagen hits way above its weight when it comes to top notch restaurants … it only has 1.5 million population, but 2 restaurants with 2 Michelin stars (both in the top 50 restaurants of the world) and 11 restaurants with 1 Michelin star.  Impressive huh!

We head down for our massage to work out some of the travelling knots. The spa is located in our hotel and is one of the top facilities in town. After our spa treatment we dress up and grab a taxi to Kadeau Restaurant only to find out that the restaurant has moved and we need to go to the other side of town, which luckily in Copenhagen is not that far away.  We still arrive on time for our 7:30 booking.  We are seamlessly greeted, our coats tucked away and seated at a tiny table.  The room is understated and decorated in stylish Danish furniture … white walls, wooden floor boards, subdued lighting.

Kadeau

Kadeau

As we have already ordered the tasting menu when I booked, glass of champagne is quickly served as is the first of our appetisers.

All courses are matched with wines.  We both agree that some of the wine matchings are a bit dubious. Kadeau is a slick and professionally run business.  The waiters are attentive, knowledgeable and without attitude.  And most are hunks!  The food is a little pretentious, to say the least.  Its like they are trying a bit too hard with some of the food combinations.

Appetizers

  • Crispy jerusalem artichoke with mushroom mayo – parsley and bone marrow soup

Crispy jerusalem artichoke with mushroom mayo

  • Dried celeriac with seaweed and turnip with yeast flakes and linseed – fresh cheese

Dried vegies

  • Gravad burnt breast of duck

Duck

 

  • Roasted heart of rooster with pickled gherkins and emulsion of wild garlic

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Now for the mains – Bornholmerbank

  • Bread and butter (of course)

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  • Razor clam, oyster, thongweed, parsley

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  • Leek, skate wings, sorrel, fermented pea juice

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  • Asparagus, woodruff, browned butter

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  • Roasted monkfish, cabbage, green strawberries, burnt butter, whey

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  • Confit Chicken feet, the leg actually with carrots

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  • Belly of lamb, heart, new onions, old onions, sour onions

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  • Sloe, pine, yoghurt, spelt

Sloe, pine, yoghurt, spelt

  • Jerusalem artichoke and rhubarb butter, browned butter, hazelnut

Jerusalem artichoke and rhubarb buttermilk, browned butter, hazel

Now, Howard & I have high expectations, we have eaten at many fabulous restaurants, however, we were a little disappointed with the food.  But it was a wonderful (if an expensive) experience.

Copenhagen – Just a lazy day

Tuesday 28 June 2013

We wake up early again and after chillin for a few hours H heads out to scope the day and grab some breakfast.  A sugary danish and a grilled pulled pork toasted sandwich – very yummy.

Today we have decided to cross the lake and check out the suburbs of Norrebro and Vesterbro.    Turns out to be a not so good decision as it’s just a lot of 4 – 5 story apartments, but we do see some lovely wildlife in the lake.

Swan family

Swan family

Eventually we end up at Tivoli, H has it in his head that he wants a hotdog.  Being this close to Germany they have to have great sausages right?  Umm maybe not … there are lots of hotdog stands but we want the best hotdog!  Having asked everyone we meet where to get the best hotdog and getting baffled looks we relent and go to a hotdog stand.  Ummm not bad especially with the extras of pickled cucumber, dry fried onions and sauces.

Its a lovely day and we find the temptation to sit and so nothing more exciting that sip a few cold drinks and engage in some people watching for a few hours.

Royal Beer

Royal Beer

The Kong Artur Hotel has a swish spa and we have booked ourselves in at 3:00 for a massage. The spa has a steam room, but we choose the sauna and try and drop some of the weight we have already packed on.  I’m going for a traditional thai massage and H is doing the relaxing oil massage.  The Thai lady from Krabi pummels me into submission and de-stresses my aching shoulders.

Feeling pampered we head back to our room to get dressed up for our big night out … a Michelin star restaurant called Kadeau. Rated number 3 in Copenhagen.

 

Copenhagen – Canals and Cafes

Monday 27 May 2013

Jet lag being what it is I am wide awake at 4:30 in the morning, so I crank up the wifi and swat up on what Copenhagen has to offer.

First order of the day … breakfast … umm perhaps a danish?  We wander towards the centre, through a beautiful park, past historic sites and find a bakery selling the most divine pastries – I get a cherry danish and H gets this amazingly light pastry that seems to be 50% butter and 50% sugar but light as a feather.  Ummm…..

Orsteds Parken

Orsteds Parken

Gardens statue

Gardens statue

Cherry Danish

Cherry Danish

Next items on todays agenda is to visit Noma in Christianshavn.  We could not get a booking but we will go there anyway sticky beak.  Its a bit of a hike there and back but we need the exercise.

Noma - the top restaurant in the world for the last 3 years

Noma – the top restaurant in the world for the last 3 years

Christianshavn Canal

Christianshavn Canal

We negotiate our back to Nyhavn and settle into Skipperkroen Cafe.  Nyhavn is pumping today, the sun is out and it is warm enough to sit outside and strip down to one jumper.  There is another funny man in our cafe … this one is talking to himself and laughing … it’s quite a hilarous laugh.  He is having a real good time.

Nyhavn in the sunshine

Nyhavn in the sunshine

Nyhavn

Nyhavn

The four things that strike us about Copenhagen are :

* everyone rides bicycles

* everyone is really tall (even H feels short here)

* the Danes are a very attractive and friendly – the girls are lovely with long blonde hair and big smiles and the guys are hunks – the only fat people are the tourist.

* everyone speaks excellent English … lucky cause I have no clue about speaking Danish.

Bikes everywhere

Bikes everywhere

No visit to Copenhagen is complete without a visit to the Royal Palace, so we head off to visit Princess Mary.  The flag is flying and the guards are marching at Fred and Mary’s place but we can’t get close enough to knock on the door.

Palace Fountain with the Marble Church in the background

Palace Fountain with the Marble Church in the background

Amalienborg Palace

Amalienborg Palace

The Marble Church

The Marble Church

It is now time for a canal tour.  A great way to look around the town without wearing out our feet.

The new Opera House

The new Opera House, paid for by Maersk!

Some of the bridges are a bit of a squeeze

Some of the bridges are a bit of a squeeze

Our rather dishy canal tour driver

Our rather dishy canal tour driver

All that is left to do now is to find a cafe in the sun and enjoy a few drinks and watch the passing parade.  By now we are dead on our feet so we go back to the hotel for a nap before dinner.  We wake up quite late, its 9:00 pm and dash around the corner to The Original Halifax Burger Restaurant and Bar for beer and burgers.

Its cold and wet in Copenhagen

Sunday 26 May 2013

We lose most of the day flying and arrive, a bit worse for wear, in Copenhagan at 1:00 in the afternoon.  The arrivals hall at Copenhagen comes equipped with a hotdog stand and it appears that grabbing a hotdog while you wait for your luggage is a popular pastime.

Grab a dog and then your bag!

Grab a dog and then your bag!

Outside it is cold and wet, very low cloud cover and a steady light drizzle is the order of the day.  But on the upside the chill (its 13 C outside) wakes us up.

A quick taxi ride to the Hotel Kong Artur and we are being greeted by the lovely Mette.  She suggests an upgrade to a larger room, which we happily accept.

After a catching a few hours of sleep we head out down town.  It is late afternoon on a wet and cold Sunday, all the shops are closed and there are only a few people about.  We wander down the main Frederiksborggade and then down Kobmagergade.  At a square we dash into Le President Cafe to get out of the rain and warm up a bit.

Le President Bistro

Le President Bistro (taken on Monday in sunshine)

But we are not in Copenhagen to sit in a dark cafe so we hit the wet streets again and head towards the famous Nyhavn, where a row of gaily painted restaurants line a quay.  It is now quite late and getting colder and dark, so we head back towards our hotel looking for a restaurant on the way.  We eventually find Cafe Sommersko where the locals are enjoying what is left of the day.  We order some drinks and a basket of nibbles (which ends up being a selection of fried food) and watch the other patrons of the bar.  One mature man is particularly entertaining.  He is smashed, each move he makes is performed with a studied concentration of the very drunk, as if any sudden movement will send him careening into the furniture.  He seems to be enjoying himself talking to anyone who will acknowledge him … thank God we don’t speak the lingo.

As we walk to the hotel the only place now open is the local kebab shop where we buy a swarama pocket bread sandwich and a falafel kebab.  On the table are bowls of fabulous home made chilli sauce that adds some serious heat to the meal.  Very happy with fast food in Copenhagen (not a Macca’s or KFC in sight).

Unable to keep going we drag ourselves back to Hotel Kong Artur for the night.