When I was last in Copenhagen, the time I was showing the ‘Other Mrs Smith’ round, I had a few days before her visit and this was all about food and eating!
My basic philosophy when I am away is to walk everywhere that I possibly can and burn off the calories so that I can have totally and utterly guilt free (not that I ever feel guilty about eating) food and wine.
The first of my meals was at Kokkeriet. I had been in contact with the Maitre’d before hand and exchanged a few emails so they knew they were just going to have a Mr Smith for the evening, but that worked out brilliantly.
After doing about 15 miles of walking in the day I walked from the hotel to the restaurant and found it on the corner of a a street, walked in and received a very friendly and welcome greeting. I was shown to my table in the corner and seated. Now do not think I was being shoved in the corner because I was a single diner, it was (in my opinion) the best seat I could have had. I had a great view of the whole restaurant and could indulge in one of my favourite pastimes of people watching.
Also, the location I had was next to the private dinning room. They run evenings where you can get in to the kitchen, watch and help with the food prep and then eat it. Sadly the night I was there they were fully booked, but I could see the table enjoy their food. Dinning in Denmark is so easy, the staff have always been so friendly and their English is always perfect which makes conversations about food so easy.
As with most of my meals I was having a tasting menu with matched wine, I just find it a great way to explore new flavours and tastes. Make sure you scroll all the way down as there is more at the end 🙂
That was it for the main courses, so now for dessert, but wait, there was a pre dessert as well of a Pickled Cucumber Sorbet
Now that was 16 courses, or more precisely dishes, finished off. Excluding the bread. I had an amazing evening eating all of the that lovely food, chatting to the waiter and the couple on the table next to me. At the end I looked at my watch and realised I had been in there for just under 4 1/2 hours!
One of the things I had chatted to the Maitre’d about in the emails was the possibility of having a look in the kitchen at the end of the meal and meeting the chef. I was not worried if that was not possible, but after paying the bill, always the hard part, the waiter came over and invited me in to the kitchen to meet the chef. I could see the couple on the next table looking on with envy as I was getting ready to leave, but they asked the waiter if they could come in as well and he agreed.
We met David Johansen, the head chef, as he and his team were finishing up in the kitchen. It was a great way to end the evening, a nice relaxed chat and a bit of a nose around the kitchen.
It has also just been announced that David is going to be the new judge on the Danish version of Masterchef. Sadly will not be able to watch that, but I think he will be good based on the food he served up and being good enough to chat and show me the kitchen.
So that was that, I left after midnight and strolled back to the hotel, walking off a bit of the food and taking in the cold and crisp night air