Food & Drink

Scandi Six: New Nordic Restaurants in Copenhagen

There aren’t many things we’ve devoted as much mental space to as figuring out what the hell “New Nordic” actually is. How “new” is it, really? Do you have to forage? Must there be ants? Can it cost less than a month’s mortgage? These are the big questions!

Happily, even the restaurant that originated the craze – noma – seems to have an ever-evolving definition, one which is mostly focused on the inclusion of fresh, seasonal ingredients and pure flavors. The rest you can take or leave.

Here are the spots in Copenhagen that are exploring every facet of what it means to be New Nordic:

Affordable

Manfred’s og Vin

A beloved local spot on Jægersborggade opened by former noma-alum Christian Puglisi, Manfred’s is low-key but always provides on-point vegetable dishes that combine unexpected flavors. We recommend getting the chef’s menu, which shared among the table and is inexpensive at only 275 DKK per person. Their beef tartare is definitely worth adding; it’s their speciality. They also boast a fantastic, biodynamic wine list.

Manfred's og Vin | Scandinavian Standard
Manfred's og Vin | Scandinavian Standard Manfred's og Vin | Scandinavian Standard

Manfred’s og Vin

Jægersborggade 40
2200 København N

Opening Hours:
Everyday 12:00 – 10:00 pm

 
 
 

Höst

This popular central Copenhagen spot is part of the Cofoco restaurant group; they’re all about well-priced, high-quality food and Höst is no different. The interior is beautiful, the food is interesting and delicious. This is a great intro to New Nordic if you’re not sure that it’s really your thing.

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Höst

Nørre Farimagsgade 41
1364 København K

Opening Hours:
Everyday 5:30 pm – midnight (last seating at 9:30 pm)

 

Honorable Mentions in this category

Väkst

 
 
 

Midway Price

Restaurant BROR

What is there to say about a restaurant who serves bull testicles as an appetizer? Well, a lot, because they do much more than that. The food is adventurous – definitely not for people who are squeamish about seeing that their food may have had a face – but the ingredients are simple and always local.

Restaurant BROR | Scandinavian Standard
Restaurant BROR | Scandinavian Standard Restaurant BROR | Scandinavian Standard

Restaurant BROR

Skt. Peders Stræde 24A
1453 København K

Opening Hours:
Weds – Sun 5:30 pm – midnight (last seating at 9:30 pm)
Mon & Tues Closed

 
 
 

108

Little sister to noma, 108 is both a restaurant and a cafe (“The Corner”) that serves coffee, pastries and wine. The restaurant offers both a la carte and family-style meals at reasonable prices. Head chef Kristian Baumann combines his extensive experience in the New Nordic kitchen – he’s the former sous chef from Relæ and has also worked at noma – with his love of complex spice for exciting, refreshing dishes.

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108

Strandgade 108
1401 København K

Restaurant Opening Hours:
Mon & Tues Closed
Weds – Sun 5:00 pm – Midnight
The Corner Opening Hours:
Mon & Tues 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Weds – Fri 7:00 am – Midnight
Sat & Sun 9:00 am – Midnight

 

Honorable Mentions in this category

No. 2

Pony

 
 
 

Expensive

Amass Restaurant

Opened in 2014 by noma & The Fat Duck alum chef Matt Orlando, Amass has quickly become one of the best New Nordic restaurants around. Aside from the excellent, hearty-but-experimental food and wine (try the fermented potato bread!), the location is truly special. Take a break between courses, take your drink outside and walk through their herb garden and along the water or warm your hands by their evening bonfire. Amass has done a wonderful job of creating and supporting community-minded initiatives, from their Great Pig Out to Amass Fried Chicken (sadly no longer available).

Amass Restaurant | Scandinavian Standard
Amass Restaurant | Scandinavian Standard Amass Restaurant | Scandinavian Standard

Amass Restaurant

Refshalevej 153
1432 Copenhagen


Opening Hours:
Dinner
Tues – Sat 6:00 pm – midnight (last seating at 9:15 pm)
Lunch
Fri & Sat 12:00 – 3:30 pm (last seating at 2:00 pm)
Mon Closed

 
 
 

Kadeau

Kadeau takes New Nordic one step further and focuses solely on the produce of Bornholm, the Danish island off the coast of Sweden in the Baltic sea. Eating here is a truly beautiful experience, with both the food and interior showcasing the elevated simplicity of Nordic ingredients. They also have a location on Bornholm itself.

Kadeau Restaurant | Scandinavian Standard
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Kadeau

Wildersgade 10b
1408 København K

Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri 6:30 – 8:00 pm (meaning the last seating is at 8:00 pm)
Sat 12:00 – 1:00 pm

 
 
 

In a League of Its Own

noma

The Godfather of New Nordic restaurants, noma is where you go when you want not only a meal but a museum-level art presentation and an inspirational TED-talk in masticating (I’m kidding, kind of). They’re always pushing the boundaries of what New Nordic means and integrating new ideas into their menu, so even though the restaurant has been open since 2003, they’ve never stagnated, winning Best Restaurant in the World in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. Yes, their multi-course menu is expensive (1900 DKK per person and an additional 1100 DKK per person for wine), but it is also a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you’re passionate about food, consider a visit to noma your white whale (or a slightly less abrasive metaphor).

Noma Restaurant | Scandinavian Standard
Noma Restaurant | Scandinavian Standard
Noma Restaurant | Scandinavian Standard
Noma Restaurant | Scandinavian Standard
Noma Restaurant | Scandinavian Standard

noma

Strandgade 93
DK-1401 Copenhagen K

Opening hours:
Tuesday – Saturday
Lunch: 12.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Dinner: 7.00 p.m. – 00.30 a.m.

 

Honorable Mentions in this category

Relae

Restaurant Geranium

AOC

 
Photography by Freya McOmish
 

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