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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Eating great food with Copenhagen hipsters at Fortunen

Amusing our bouches with cava and popcorn sprinkled with spirulina
Rock crab with celery
Soft-shell crab slider with teardrop cherry tomato
Crispy tiny Danish fjord shrimps
Oysters - with frozen cucumber (left) and sherry vinegar
Very yummy bread and butter
Roasted breast of lamb with golden beets and spiced sheep's milk yoghurt
New potatoes with onion and Vesterhavs cheese
Ice cream on a stick with caramel and roasted chocolate
Licorice with buttermilk ice cream and pine shoots
LOCATION: Fortunen, Ved Stranden 18, Copenhagen
CATEGORY: Danish, Nordic
DRINK: Petit-Chablis 2011 Domaine Sainte Claire, sparkling water
WE THINK: Abounding with young, good-looking Danes, and incredibly delicious and inexpensive food, this new place (opened today by the people behind Bakken and Dyrehaven and with the previous headchef from Fiskebaren) is already our new favourite casual dining spot in Copenhagen. The menu is small, simple and intended for sharing. The starters are finger food snacks like the crispy teeny fjord shrimps (possibly our favourite dish this evening and one of the best snacks we've had in a very long time) and the delicate celery and rock crab raviolis. We might have made a mistake by not also trying the spicy duck wings, which the guests across our communal bar table were gnawing on with delight. Following 4 snacks and expecting to squeeze in desserts, the two of us could only try a couple of the main course sharing plates but there were many others that looked enticing--like the crispy lemon sole with pea shoots and mussel cream. We loved our succulent lamb breast with super tasty golden beets and baby carrots and the plate of tiny, springy new Danish potatoes with soft onions and cheese. We finished off the meal with another favourite of the evening: a licorice dessert with sweet licorice crumbles, pine shoots and silky-smooth buttermilk ice cream. We're excited that there are so many new restaurants in Copenhagen which are riding the wave of the post-Noma renaissance in Nordic food, but doing so on a surfboard instead of a super yacht...or instead of a very, very expensive canoe...if that makes any sense. This place is happy, delicious...and cheap. Back for more soon.

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