Much like New York’s, Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District (in Vesterbro) is one of the city’s hip-est areas and very much the place to be from dinner time onwards…
The area used to be home to Copenhagen’s meat industry businesses and still consists of three separate areas, referred to as the White, Grey and Brown “Meat City” for the dominant colour of their buildings.
In recent years, it has changed into a new creative cluster with a trendy nightlife and a broad range of high quality restaurants.
Amongst them, Fiskebaren, an casual fish-focused restaurant nestled within the market building itself.
With an informal atmosphere and quite rough interior with loads of second-hand décor elements, Fiskebaren is a modern-day ode to the meat halls of the past, but with much more refined food, the restaurant having a Bib Gourmand in Guide Michelin Nordic Cities 2015.
Whether you come in for just a few nibbles and a glass of wine or want to treat yourself to the full experience, there’s something for everyone on the seasonal & ingredient-led menu, with a strong focus on fish & seafood.
We started with the Char tartare, rye emulsion, capers, dill and burnt onion.
With tender, blushing fish, fresh dill cream, toast-y rye emulsion, sweet roasted & tangy pickled onions, it was a subtle Nordic twist on the traditional salmon tartar.
And what a beauty!
Savoy cabbage, new Danish onions, potato foam, horseradish & chives.
An absolute textural masterpiece and my favourite dish, both that night and of our entire trip.
Mullet, baby corn, chanterelles and chicken skin.
Perfectly cooked, crispy-skin fish, creamy corn & crispy chicken skin, all brought together by a rich, meaty chicken sauce, will always be a winner in my book!
Blackberry, flaxseed macarons, fennel tops and white chocolate.
Another of those herbal-inspired creative desserts Danish restaurants excell at (even if this specific one wasn’t quite as good as Geist‘s…).
Last but not least, Chocolate, cherry, hazelnut, cep ice cream.
Quite a divisive one: I loved the ice cream, the Mr. hated it…
What about you? Do you think there’d be mushroom in your heart for it?
Only one way to find out… Book a table here!
Kødbyens Fiskebar, Flæsketorvet 100, 1711 København
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