If there’s one word to describe this past weekend, it would be dreary. Denmark was in the tight grip of storm “Egon” (don’t you love those old-timey names they give the storms here in Denmark?) and everything was grey and moody. The wind rattled our windows and howled through the streets and into courtyards, blowing over patio and balcony furniture, and the water in the canals rose to almost-concerning levels (very happy I don’t live on the ground floor!).
After spending a relaxed Friday night at home, I had gotten it in my head that we should go for some Mexican food on Saturday. More specifically, I wanted to head back to this little taco shop in the center that – according to my Mexican friends – serves real, authentic tacos, burritos, and nachos. Having never been to Mexico myself, I can only confirm that the food is absolutely delicious! Soft tacos with amazing pulled pork and nachos with homemade chunky guacamole… mmmh! But much to my chagrin, they were closed – despite what it said on their website. Sad face!
So there we stood, on a Saturday night, in the howling winds, in the streets of the inner city, stomachs growling, with no reservations. We wandered down towards Strøget, when the boyfriend suggested Café Tight, in a small side road, that he knows from burger nights with his buddies. Hoping for the best, we poked our cold noses in and were greeted by the friendly hostess, who managed to get us a cozy table in the front of the restaurant within 10 minutes. Not bad for 8:30pm on Saturday, I’d say!
We skimmed the menu and swiftly decided to skip dessert in favor of a starter. I’m a total dessert person, but I knew I couldn’t eat three courses, and I had seen crab cakes on the menu! If there’s one thing I dislike, it’s seafood (the texture gives me nightmares!) but somehow, I absolutely love crab cakes. I’m weird like that, okay?!
For drinks, they will serve you your choice of still or sparkling water, but charge you 10kr for it, which I consider fair. I also had a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, which could have been chilled a bit more, but tasted very nice.
Quickly, we were presented with some bread – BLACK bread! Bonus points for creativity – which we hungrily dug into. And a couple of minutes later, our starters arrived – my eagerly awaited crab cakes! And boy, were these babies delicious! Crispy, perfectly seasoned, and served with a spicy chili mayo and a lemon wedge to freshly squeeze on top. Heaven!
My man went with the Jerusalem artichoke soup, which I tried and approved of. Perfect, creamy texture, with some crispy root chips on top, and drizzled with a couple of drops of truffle oil to round off the flavor combination.
For mains, I chose the vegetarian pasta and was served a steaming plate of fresh linguine with baby spinach, mushrooms and parmesan cheese. I have to say, while the pasta was absolutely fine, I wasn’t blown away – but let’s be serious, it’s not easy to get blown away by a pasta dish. It was a huge portion, though, so I was sad to have to send about half of it back due to being seriously stuffed.
My Viking chose the Surf’n’Turf and he was definitely over the moon, saying it was one of the best Surf’n’Turfs he’s ever had (and believe you me, he’s had many!). Served with a potato gratin and some delicious sauce concoction, the meat was melt-in-your-mouth tender – so I’m told. I didn’t actually try it, because a) the seafood issue, and b) it’s borderline dangerous to try and steal meat from my boyfriend!
All in all, this was a great experience. The atmosphere is very cozy, despite the fact that this place seems to be huge – it extends over two stories and has a back part, too, which we could see through the kitchen. Service was friendly and relatively quick, especially taking into account that it was Saturday night and they were crammed full. This also seems to be one of the very few places in Copenhagen where the kitchen is open past 10pm, so if you’re a late diner, this might be a place worth trying.
I will definitely be back soon – maybe just crab cakes and dessert next time!