One thing I love most about Copenhagen is its incredible restaurant scene. You could probably go out for breakfast, lunch AND dinner every day for a year without ever having to go to the same place twice!
New restaurants are opening all the time, and often, the creative people behind a successful dining spot will team up to try a new concept. Restaurant Palægade, which opened its doors this past week, is a good example. It’s got good genes, as it’s in the same family as Formel B and Uformel, which both rank high in terms of popularity and reviews.
Restaurant Palægade, located between Kongens Nytorv and Amalienborg Castle, serves Danish smørrebrød for lunch, while its dinner menu is focused on timeless Danish and international classics. I went for dinner last Friday with friends, and was not disappointed.
We started with some bubbles (a crisp Crémant) while we nibbled on the amazing bread (I do love bread, and this was excellent: warm, a crispy crust, and fluffy on the inside) and chose our food.
There’s a three-course menu with wine pairing, but my friend and I had our sights set on the Beef Wellington, so we ordered à la carte.
For starters, we chose the “crispy snacks” (not further defined on the menu), which turned out to be chips and a sort of bread sticks with dip.
Probably the prettiest dish of the day (although the plating was on point for all of them!) was the lobster fricassée with new potatoes and a lobster foam.
I went with a classic tartar with capers, horseradish, thin bread chips, and of course an egg yolk. It was nice, but I’ve had better tartars.
We cracked open our bottle of red, eagerly awaiting the main course. And it was worth every second of the wait!
The Beef Wellington must be ordered by two people. And it’s beautiful – just look!
How perfectly even is that coat of mushrooms?
The beef fillet was buttery tender, the mushroom paté packed tons of flavor, and the puff pastry was deliciously soft and flaky. The sauce that came with it was lovely, too. We ordered some new potatoes to share, but I wouldn’t even have needed them!
My other friend ordered the venison, which comes with bacon and fresh peas – another excellent dish, and so beautiful, too! Tons of flavor, a wonderful balance between the venison and fresh peas – I would definitely order this, too.
We were pretty full already, but you know I can’t not order dessert, so I went with the classic: “rødgrød med fløde”, a compote of red fruits (in this case, rhubarb and strawberries, most prominently), topped with cream.
Some chopped white chocolate added extra sweetness and countered the sour rhubarb notes well. You can’t go wrong with a nice rødgrød!
Mmmmh, just look at that cream!
Service was great, friendly and knowledgeable throughout the entire night. The wine list is comprehensive and well sorted. Prices are fair – the three-course dinner menu with wine pairing is DKK 700, which is in the medium-high segment. But both quality and quantity of the dishes are good, so you definitely won’t be hungry! We ended up paying around DKK 850 per person for three courses à la carte, bubbles, and a bottle of wine.
I’d definitely like to try Palægade for smørrebrød as well – if my dinner experience is any indication, I’m sure that’s great as well!
Restaurant Palægade | Palægade 8, 1261 Copenhagen | palaegade.dk