Josh's Reviews: Denmark & Scandanavia
Each link includes the first part of the review. Many of the reviews also include pictures of the individual dishes.
Geranium Restaurant (Bocuse D'Or Winning Chef), Copenhagen, Denmark
Wednesday, August 31
It was with great expectations that we arrived at Geranium Restaurant. The chef and co-owner, Rasmus Kofoed had just won the the Bocuse D'or. However, Michelin granted Noma, another Copenhagen restaurant, 2 stars and the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best granted Noma #1 resto in the world status. Geranium only has a single "rising star" in the Michelin guide, not an official one star. The decor of this spacious restaurant is classically beautiful in a spare Scandinavian way.
Frederikshoj Restaurant, Aarhus, Denmark
Wednesday, August 31
Aarhus is Denmark's second largest city. Drawn there by a business meeting, I was taken to what is considered that city's best restaurant. It did not disappoint. Clearly, the chef, Wassim Hallal, was influenced by both the Nordic food trends as well as the very current Spanish innovations in cuisine.
Smorrebrod, Open Faced Sandwiches in Copenhagen
Thursday, August 4
Smorrebrod is a very traditional Danish lunch, open faced sandwiches, with artfully arranged elements, typically on thinly sliced, buttered, dark, dense rye bread. These sandwiches are usually enjoyed with cold Danish beer and schnapps, a strong aqua vita (hence aquavit) which could be made with herbs, roots, seeds or fruits and is at least 40% alcohol. I developed cravings for these wonderful works of art when I was very young, while watching a Danish employee of my father's eat his lunch (he never shared...so I just ogled and craved!).
Photos From Noma, the #1 Restaurant In The World, Copenhagen, Denmark
Wednesday, May 4
I wrote the highlights of the dinner I enjoyed at Noma Restaurant, that appeared very recently in the National post. Please click on this link to read the article.
For a food lover, you have reached the top of the mountain when the chef of the number one restaurant in the world walks out the front door of his establishment, at prime dinner time, to personally greet you with a generous hug and hello. Chef Rene Redzepi and I recently bonded in Toronto during a speaking engagement and dinner organized by his publishers and The Cookbook Store.
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