When the Copenhagen winter gets dark, cold, and grey, couldn’t we all use a pop of color and some sunny summer vibes? And if that comes with a side of burgers, count me in!
Copenhagen doesn’t have a shortage of great restaurants and eateries, but this one’s different. Lo-Jo’s Social, on a side street right behind the Round Tower, foregoes the classic Scandinavian minimalism and monochromatic color scheme – you feel like you’ve just walked into a beach bar in Sydney. You’re greeted by bue, yellow, and red chairs, high tables, colorful wall paintings, and funky music.
Lo-Jo’s Social (co-owned by a Dane and an Australian and named after their mothers) has been around since August – and you’ve probably seen yummy photos on Instagram! -, but they’ve taken a little time to play around with their menu. I was invited to their official launch dinner last week, which I was super thrilled about, since it had been on my list for quite some time!
The small food menu focuses on burgers and is updated to reflect seasonal changes. For example, they currently have a confit duck burger! I really appreciate places with small menus, both because it makes deciding easier, and because that usually means that what they do, they do really well.
On the drinks side, Lo-Jo’s Social has a boatload of cocktails on offer – by the glass, for sharing, or in a pitcher. After all, it’s all about being social!
Another one of their drinks specialties is the Apple Press: long drinks based on fresh apple juice. I’ve never had anything similar before, but they were so delicious (and dangerous)! I had one with gin and fresh cucumber, and the boyfriend chose one with vanilla vodka, which tasted like apple pie and came with a freshly toasted mashmallow on top. SO GOOD!
We started out with a serving of mussels. They aren’t currently on the menu, but Lo-Jo’s used to have all-you-can-eat-mussels Tuesdays, and I really hope they aren’t gone for good, because oh my God, they were amazing!
I’m usually not a seafood person (it’s a texture thing, I don’t like eating soft, flabby things), so this is not something I would usually order, but I ate ALL of these babies. The sauce was absolutely brilliant – I almost drank the rest when I ran out of bread for dipping.
Of course we had to try the burgers, too.
I went with the confit duck burger, because who doesn’t love confit duck? The taste was absolutely amazing – the warmly spiced duck was complemented by pickled onions and a mustard mayo.
The boyfriend went with the scrumptious pulled pork burger with homemade coleslaw, barbecue sauce, and pickled cucumber. Both burgers were great, but I think this was my favorite of the two, simply because the confit duck burger was quite greasy (which is to be expected).
Of course we also got a serving of fries and onion rings with a spicy chipotle mayo – I was immediately sold because I love all things chipotle. The fries are thick-cut, triple-fried, and wonderfully seasoned with fresh lemon zest.
But OH EM GEE the onion rings! They are hands down the best onion rings I have ever tasted in Copenhagen (and maybe ever!). Melt-in-your-mouth onion, covered in a thick, crispy batter – these are an absolute must-order! Honestly, if someone proposed to me with one of those onion rings, I wouldn’t even think twice about saying yes.
I was totally convinced by Lo-Jo’s Social – I’ll definitely be back for more. The only thing I was a little bit disappointed about was that the buttermilk fried chicken burger that I’d seen on Instagram disappeared from the menu – but I was told that it will probably make a comeback during spring or summer, so keep your eyes open for that.
Have you been to Lo-Jo’s Social? Or are you challenging my best onion rings in Copenhagen statement? Let me know in the comments below!
Lo-Jo’s Social | Landemærket 7, 1119 Copenhagen | lojossocial.com
Disclaimer: I was invited to dine at Lo-Jo’s Social. All opinions are my own.