Posted by sarah
on Jan 24, 2013 in Copenhagen
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The bells are ringing outside my flat- It’s 6pm time to pack it in and go home. At least that is my translation of the 6pm bells.
It has been a busy week of marking for me. If any of you have ever taught a class, I think you would agree with the challenges of grading a large number of papers. It is very time consuming to get each paper the attention and feedback it deserves. I will leave my commentary at that!
I had my first visitor last week, my mother-in-law. I thought my sister-in-law may also show up but she called last night and is planning a visit in the spring. That’s probably a better idea seeing how last weekend’s temperature with the wind chill was about minus 15 (although it only registered -2!!). There is something about seeing the Little Mermaid statue in high wind and minus 15 weather that doesn’t bring the same pleasure as viewing it in warmer weather. She was still beautiful posing among ice and rocks.
Date Night- as promised, a small recap of our weekly Friday night restaurant in Copenhagen. The three of us venture to Host last Friday. I wish I could show you food pictures of our three hour dinner (more on that later) but it was so cosy in their (READ dimly lit for cosy effect AKA DARK) that nothing would turn out without blasting an obnoxious flash.
Host is a new(ish) restaurant in Copenhagen and is part of the Cofoco Group (they have a bunch of other good restaurants in the city).
I was excited to see the interior (it’s been talked about a lot in the blogsphere/design press) and to taste the food of course. The interior is just beautiful. There is a lot of wood, there are trees, candles, industrial fixtures and big windows. They have created the perfect dining environment. For those who are considering a visit, I will warn you that the menu is small. There are two options: A set menu of three dishes or an a la cart menu with four dishes (one appetizer, one main, one cheese, one dessert). My husband and mother-in-law went for the set menu and I choose two items from the a la cart because I do not eat pork or shellfish. If you are vegetarian and think you will go hungry, apparently you can make a special request to the kitchen. Otherwise, the veg options are zilch.
They had: Scallops with artichokes – hay, blackcurrants and something involving clams. Next up was the main that consisted of roasted pork belly with beetroot compote with mustard grain – toped with pickled dehydrated beetroot and smoked Danish cheese. Dessert was a yogurt ice cream topped with peanuts with milk chocolate, warm white chocolate foam with raw licorice.
The set menu came with an amuse bouche which was veal tartar with a root vegetable on top and a palate cleanser half way through the meal- savoury oatmeal in a mushrooms broth with dried violet leaves. I liked the oatmeal a lot actually.
I had the ox roasted in onions – pickled beech mushrooms – watercress – morel sauce which was absolutely delicious. I also tested the a la cart dessert of yogurt ice cream with tart apple compote, apple vinegar meringue and chervil sprinkled on top. I did not know I was a fan of ox but however it was prepared, it tasted delicious.
Before you are served, the waitress brings you a round loaf of fresh Manitoba bread that is to die for. It comes with an intense parsley olive oil + sea salt for dipping. We polished that off quite quickly.
Photo Source: 1, 2, 3, 4
We all enjoyed our meal but the issue was with duration of time. I do leisurely dining. I’ve dined in relaxed settings before, but last Friday night was a bit excessive. The meal dragged! It felt like we were waiting an hour in between courses.
It was so slow it came to me asking our waitress what was going on? Was the kitchen having a time issue? She replied it was her. After I spoke up, the pace picked up. I wish it did not have to come to that because I would not rush back in fear of excessively slow service. Yes, perhaps she was having an off night- I get that but the three of us were finding the length of time painful. We did not leave until 11pm.
This week I am headed to a local bio Italian joint which should be nice.
Hope your week is going well.
Have you dined at any interesting spots lately? Do share!
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