Kødbyens Fiskebar and FoodieHub
You already know I’m a foodie.
But did you know I’m a contributor to FoodieHub? FoodieHub is a global foodie network celebrating essential eats in 275 cities worldwide as chosen by local experts, of which yours truly is one.
If you love food and traveling, FoodieHub is the place for you to go when planning your next trip. For every city in the network, you’ll find a list of the most essential things to eat – from high-end fine dining to the secret holes-in-the-wall that only locals know about. Everything is hand-picked by local experts, who – like me – are bloggers, Instagrammers, or work with food in some capacity. We’re not professional chefs, just a bunch of people who are really passionate about food and want to share their favorites with others – much like we do on our social media and blogs already.
One of the best things about FoodieHub is being a part of a network of amazingly talented and lovely people who are just as crazy about food as me. Last year, I was invited to attend the FoodieHub Global Awards 2015 in London, and it was the best weekend – I think I gained a couple of pounds from all the delicious food we ate! On our tours through the London food scene, there’d be situations where 20 people with cameras were huddled around a single burger, turning the plate, slightly re-arranging the tomato slice, all to get the best possible shot. I’m sure the other diners must’ve thought we were crazy, but I remember thinking, “these are my people!”
Every now and then, FoodieHub’ers will travel to each other’s cities, and sometimes the stars align and we’ll meet up for a bite. Like last weekend, when fellow contributor Marissa from Paris was in Copenhagen and we met up at Kødbyens Fiskebar for a sunny Sunday lunch.
Kødbyens Fiskebar was one of the first restaurants in the now popular Kødbyen (Meatpacking District). As the name suggests, it focuses exclusively on high quality fish and seafood.
There’s a 3 course lunch menu (chef’s choice), but we decided to put together our own menus. We started with some oysters to share. After all, it was Sunday!
There are five different sorts of oysters on the menu – not being an expert, I let my company decide. We went with the Le Gall variety, which was also recommended by the server. They were served with a nice herb oil and plenty of lemon wedges.
I can’t get over how photogenic this plate of oysters is!
To drink, we chose a bottle of white wine, of course – a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sancerre from the Loire valley, which smelled almost like a dessert wine, but was nice and crisp with citrus notes.
Shortly after, our starters arrived. Steamed blue mussels with a rich white wine sauce for my company, and the most beautiful and delicious pan-fried scallops with pea puree, fresh peas, and morels for me. Hands down one of the best starters I’ve ever had!
For mains, I had chosen a classic: fish and chips.
This item is actually on FoodieHub’s Copenhagen list – check out the full list here – and even though it’s listed as a starter on the menu, there’s really plenty, especially if you’re going for more than one course!
The fish is a lightly smoked cod in a light, crispy batter, served with scrumptious triple-fried chips, seasoned with sea salt, capers and herbs. The cod is fried in a pleasantly non-fatty batter, and the flesh is flaky and dense with a lovely smoky flavor. The fish and chips are served with a homemade Danish “remoulade” sauce.
As you know, I’m not one to go without dessert, and I’d heard that Kødbyens Fiskebar is actually a great place for desserts – even if you wouldn’t necessarily expect that from a fish restaurant!
This one was an absolute stunner, though: chocolate cake with meringues, a stout beer and chocolate ice cream, and crumble. I could’ve licked the plate (but I didn’t, because I vaguely recall someone telling me that’s not appropriate in public).
If you’re looking for excellent fish dishes in Copenhagen, Kødbyens Fiskbar (or their “little brother”, Musling) should be at the top of your list. I find the prices extremely reasonable, and the food is amazing. It’s not for nothing that they were awarded a “bib gourmand” in the Michelin Guide!
Also, when you’re planning your next city trip, check out the FoodieHub lists to find the best places to eat – and let me know if you have any secret tips for my Copenhagen list, too!
Kødbyens Fiskebar | Flæsketorvet 100, 1711 Copenhagen | 3 course lunch menu DKK 295, 7 course dinner menu DKK 600 | fiskebaren.dk