Category Archives: Copenhagen, Denmark

Café Kystens Perle, Copenhagen – Rating: 20/25

 

Café Kystens Perle

Café Kystens Perle

For those of you wondering, the name means ‘pearl of the coast cafe’.  Tucked away in the corner of the beachfront, this truckers’ outpost turned cafe serves traditional Danish food with a few more modern dishes thrown in for dinners.

Café Latte

Café Latte

We were there for brunch which started with some café lattes and freshly squeezed orange juice.

Danish Brunch w/ eggs, bacon, sausages, fruit, yoghurt & berries, cheese & homemade bread

Danish Brunch w/ eggs, bacon, sausages, fruit, yoghurt & berries, cheese & homemade bread

The brunch we both shared was as traditional as Danish brunch gets.  Typical of what you normally find at most establishments the brunch consisted of bacon, scrambled eggs, cherry tomatoes, sausages, fruit, crepe, yoghurt with berries and syrup, cheese and fresh bread (both Danish rye and a homemade baguette) (approx $20).  The entire plate was terrific especially the berries and syrup on the fresh pancake.  All of the fruit was ripe and tasty, the bread thick, warm and perfect with the cheese and the cooked ingredients were all great even just by themselves.

The combination of foods which make up the Danish brunch would please most people.  There’s something for everyone and this was a great example of a national food.

The other meals both being served and on the menu all looked superb.  Danes around us were either having the brunch, other breakfast platters or Christmas plates from the specials menu.  Lunch and dinner offerings included garlic prawn pasta with tomatoes, olives, basil and parmesan (approx. $20), burgers, sandwiches and grilled fish/meats.  Highly recommended for a quick meal, dinner or function.

Taste: StarStarStarStar
Presentation: StarStarStarStar
Service: StarStarStarStar
Atmosphere: StarStarStarStar
Value: StarStarStarStar – 3.5 stars if we were to pay these prices in Sydney

Overall Rating: 20/25

Site: http://www.cafekystensperle.dk
Phone: 32 50 40 19
Address: Alleen 2D (Bryggergården 14), 27700, Kastrup, Denmark

Payment Options: CC, cash

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SIDE DISH: Ingolfs Kaffebar, Copenhagen – Rating: 18/25

Ingolfs Kaffebar

Ingolfs Kaffebar

Ingolfs is a very trendy cafe in one of Copenhagen’s inner suburbs open till late and often featuring guest bands and special music events.  The staff were very welcoming and everyone in the cafe seemed to be on speaking terms with one another.

Potatoes on homebaked rye with bacon, herbs and homemade mayonnaise

Potatoes on homebaked rye with bacon, herbs and homemade mayonnaise

Our first dish was a Danish classic, kartoffelmad (literally potato food) which consists of cooked baby potatoes sliced on Danish rye bread with toppings such as mayonnaise (simple) or herbs, bacon and small flavoursome vegebtales (more complex).  This item was potatoes on homemade ryebread with bacon, herbs and homemade mayonnaise (approx $15).  The potatoes were drizzled with a beautifully flavoured basil oil.  The bacon was cooked less than typical (see the other dish below for example) which suited well.  The rye was fresh and flavoursome.  All-in-all a fantastic meal.

Scrambled eggs, bacon, chilli sausages & homemade bread

Scrambled eggs, bacon, chilli sausages & homemade bread

A basic and filling dish, this was ordered on the basis of… you can never have enough Danish bacon!  The scrambled eggs had not had anything added to them during cooking but the flavour of the bacon made up for this.  More of the tasty rye and the most incredible sausages!  Hiding amongst the bacon were 2 (what?!  two?) mini sausages whose flavour resembled chorizo.  They were thick and full of flavour.  With each cut, I expected juices and meat to come spilling out because of the denseness.  The only downside was the number of these I received.  Finding one was like striking gold!

I’m looking forward to returning to Ingolfs one evening to enjoy some jazz and welcoming atmosphere.

Taste: StarStarStarStarhalf
Presentation: StarStarStarStarhalf
Service: StarStarStar
Atmosphere: StarStarStarStar
Value: StarStarStarStar – 3 stars if we were to pay these prices in Sydney

Overall Rating: 18/25

Site: http://www.ingolfskaffebar.dk
Phone: 32 59 95 96
Address: Ingolfs Alle 3, 2300, København S, Denmark

Payment Options: Dankort cards, cash

SIDE DISH: Café Amalie, Lyngby – Rating: 14.5/25

Café Amalie

Café Amalie

 Situated on the main street in the town of Lyngby, 30 minutes out of Copenhagen, we found the warm and busy Café Amalie.  Notice in the shot no souls brave enough to make use of the blankets and sit in the 5° weather outside! 

Festive Christmas times have descended on Denmark and we felt the cosiness of this cafe as soon as we entered.  Danes at every table were enjoying tall cafe lattes, æblerskiver and warm glogg.

Hyldeblomst (Elderflower)

Hyldeblomst (Elderflower)

I enjoyed a popular drink – hyldeblomst (elderflower).  The closest flavour it resembles is lychee and is very refreshing and thirst-quenching.

Lasagne

Lasagne

My girlfriend chose the most warming dish she could see, homemade lasagne bolognese (approx $19).  Slightly overcooked and with too much bolognese filling, the dish she was served was certainly warming but lacking in much else.

Amalie's Homemade Burger

Amalie's Homemade Burger

I chose Amalie’s homemade burger with 200g pattie, cheddar, bacon, tomato, cucumber, lettuce and onion compote (approx $26).  The flavour of the pattie was amazing, cooked through with a touch of pink in the centre.  It’s a shame when cooks neglect the pattie itself and rely on the burger toppings to create the flavours.  This meat was nicely herbed.  The bacon and onion compote resulted in a rich flavour and I simply could not put this burger down.  All of the cheddar cheese oozed over the rest of the ingredients making me wonder why these darker cheeses aren’t used in burgers more often!  The ovenbaked, salted rosemary baby potatoes were a hit.  Thankfully there were plenty of the potatoes on the plate!  They were accomanied by a small bowl, half with tomato sauce and half with mayonaise.

Taste: StarStarStarhalf
Presentation: StarStarStarhalf
Service: StarStarStar
Atmosphere: StarStarStar
Value: StarStarStarStarhalf – 2 stars if we were to pay these prices in Sydney

Overall Rating: 14.5/25 

Site: http://www.cafeamalie.net/
Phone: 45 28 19 88
Address: Lyngby Hovedgade 62, 2800, Lyngby, Denmark 

Payment Options: Dankort cards, cash

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SIDE DISH: Mammamia, Copenhagen – Rating: 15.5/25

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Mammamia is a chain of about 10 cafes  throughout Denmark.  The one I visited is situated on the top floor of Fields shopping centre in Copenhagen.  The menu comprised mainly of salads and sandwiches with your choice of main fillings/ingredients … Continue reading