New in Copenhagen: Sanchez
New restaurants open in Copenhagen all the time.
And while a lot of them are good, some even great, there are some that generate a lot more buzz than others. Those are the ones that you’ll see on everyone’s Instagram for weeks after opening.
Not many manage to generate that much buzz before they open, though. But when word gets out that Rosio Sanchez, former pastry chef at Noma and founder of taqueria extraordinaire Hija de Sanchez, is opening her own restaurant, you best believe that everyone was excited!
Simply called Sanchez and located on Istedgade, the new place is intended to be laid-back and serve honest, delicious, down-to-earth food that tastes like someone cooked it for you in their own home. We headed there on opening night, because I, too, wanted to be a trendsetter for once.
The atmosphere is indeed cozy and relaxed, and we were seated at a high table that gave me a perfect view into the open kitchen. Score!
We opted for the 5-course menu, but decided to start out with a cocktail and some chips and guacamole. A very good choice – I wish I could have a bucket of that guacamole in my fridge at all times! Chunky, zingy, and overall amazing. Once we ran out of chips, I ate the rest with a spoon, and I am not sorry.
The kitchen and dining room were already pretty busy serving the first round of guests.
Before long, our first course arrived: crispy tostadas with cauliflower salsa and avocado. Crunchy, succulent, and deliciously dressed with a spicy, creamy sauce.
Next up were empanadas with homemade queso fresco – I am a huge fan of queso fresco, and I always get it at Hija de Sanchez (if it’s on the menu that day).
These empanadas were deep-fried and stuffed to the brim with the fresh cheese – a good squeeze of lime on top and you’ll have yourself a party!
Next up was the only dish that didn’t contain any tortilla: an avocado and onion soup. The soup was creamy, drizzled with a bit of chili oil and topped with charred onions and some more avocado. But then again – can you ever have enough avocado, really?
(That’s a hypothetical question. The answer is obviously no.)
Following the soup was even more green, as we were served panuchos (bean-filled tortillas), loaded with all sorts of delicious greens: carrot tops, parsley and coriander. They were a bit tricky to eat, but definitely delicious!
For our final course of the 5-course menu, we got “dirty carnitas”, braised pork tacos with a simple topping of sliced onion and cucumbers, which allowed the flavor of the meat to shine. I could easily eat two, or three, or seven of these!
You already know that me skipping dessert is not very likely, so we opted for one to share (meaning I ate like 85% of it). Obviously, our choice fell on the churro, topped with vanilla ice cream and bitter orange cream. Crunchy and creamy, sweet and bitter – turns out you can have it all in one dessert! I strongly recommend you try one!
All in all, a lovely evening with some really delicious food.
I did think that the menu was very tortilla-based, but as they say, never change a working system, or something like that. Hija de Sanchez tacos are arguably the best in town, so of course it’s an easy choice to work with what you know. In the future, I’d like to see a bit more variety on the menu, though.
If you’re a fan of Hija de Sanchez’ tacos, you absolutely won’t be disappointed in Sanchez – the food was on point, service was super friendly and accommodating, and the atmosphere was relaxed and fun. I’ll definitely be back soon!
Sanchez | Istedgade 60, 1650 Copenhagen | lovesanchez.com