Last week, my parents were visiting for a couple of days, and we had made great plans. I had wanted to take them out to Dyrehaven park and take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, and a visit to Christmas Tivoli was also on the agenda. Unfortunately, the weather did not play along at all – it was freezing cold, and a light drizzle and icy winds made being outside pretty much unbearable. So instead of a carriage ride, we visited the Viking Ship Museum.
We couldn’t get out of the cold fast enough, so instead of a visit to Tivoli before dinner, we ducked into the Copenhagen Plaza Hotel and enjoyed a drink (okay, two) at The Library Bar, one of my favorite bars in Copenhagen.
It’s small and cozy, with wood-paneled walls, cozy little nooks with leather couches, soft carpets on the floor, and dim lights – the perfect place to escape the freezing Copenhagen winter. Oh, and the dapper bartenders really know their craft and will mix you a mean drink. I could happily spend my days watching a handsome man in a butterfly stir a perfect Old Fashioned!
Below is another amazing cocktail, with Hendricks gin, St Germain, cucumber, and lime.
After two drinks, I was ready to brace the cold again, and we headed for our dinner reservation. My dad and boyfriend are both big meat eaters, and my mom and I love a good pizza – so I had booked us into the relatively new BÆST in Nørrebro.
They describe themselves as a restaurant with heavy focus on organic meats and produce, and they make their own charcuterie and mozzarella cheese in-house. There are two set menus, the “Little Beast” and “Big Beast”. We opted for the small one, and I will admit I was a little worried that we wouldn’t be full. Luckily, that fear was totally unsubstantiated!
In line with recent trends, the food comes in several rounds that are served “family-style” for the table to share. The charcuterie came first, with some delicious fennel salami, bresaola, and ham. Along with it came some homemade pickles and a sublime pork rillette.
We added the mozzarella to the menu, which came second, drizzled with beautiful Sicilian olive oil. That mozzarella was just amazing; juicy, delicate, and flavorful.
It really was some of the bæst mozzarella I’ve tried!
Next up was a salad course with a creamy parmesan dressing that sort of reminded me of a Caesar salad.
Even my otherwise salad-shy boyfriend grabbed a bite!
BÆST is also famous for their stone-baked pizza, which was of course also included in the menu. We started with a simple, yet yummy mozzarella and basil pizza with a thin, pillowy crust and juicy tomato sauce.
Needless to say, it didn’t last very long!
It was followed by this delicious creation with Brussels sprouts, sausage, and sheep’s cheese.
I was catapulted to Brussels sprouts heaven, because the following serving included this simple, but genius dish of grilled Brussels sprouts with pancetta and heaps of shaved parmesan. I need to make this at home!
Alongside, we got these white beans with sausage – gotta love a nice bean dish on a cold fall/ winter night!
To finish off, we dug into the most beautiful, flavorful lamb stew, served on a bed of creamy polenta. The lamb was incredibly tender and just fell apart on your fork. Comfort food at its finest!
After all this food, something noteworthy happened: I skipped dessert. It’s quite shocking, since I pride myself on having a “dessert stomach” – I am an absolute sweet tooth, and dessert is a crucial part of dining out for me. But after this feast, all I could manage was an espresso.
This menu will set you back 325 DKK per person, excluding the mozzarella, which maybe isn’t a steal, but a very reasonable price for what you get. I highly recommend trying their pizzas and the homemade mozzarella!
BÆST, Guldbergsgade 29, baest.dk