Danish cuisine is still in its heyday and does indeed extend beyond the walls of that very famous Nordic eatery and even the borders of Scandinavia.
Maison du Danemark, an exhibition space and cultural hub for all things Danish, was consecrated on 142 Champs-Elysées way back in 1955. On the first floor, Restaurant Copenhague (along with the downstairs brasserie Flora Danica) is busy refreshing the image of this institution.
This influx of energy can be largely attributed to 34-year-old chef Andreas Møller. Creating a new menu inspired by his own Nordic heritage Møller’s skill and innovation is abundant. Small plates (4 recommended per person) or the chef’s Signature menu (4 or 7 course) showcase unlikely ingredients spun into curious, inventive, and beautiful creations. Flowers, egg yolks, seafood - each dish is a miniature work of art. A talent that belittles his age, Møller’s work here will surely put him at the heights of his peers.
Let’s not forget about the details. Imagined by interior design duo GamFratesi, and fabrics supplied courtesy of ex-Dior artistic director Raf Simons, Copenhague has all the sleekness of Danish aesthetic but without the coldness that can sometimes resonate. The space’s big windows overlook the Champs-Elysées - from the soothing dusk light to the twinkling lights of avenue, the setting is a chic accompaniment to your meal. There's also a beautiful, airy terrace overlooking Flora Danica's below.
The team at Copenhague look after guests with a passion and knowlegde that is rarely seen today (some having worked at the world’s best restaurants), and are there to elevate your experience from gourmet to five-star.
Indeed, all this is very impressive but perhaps it's going to be a double edged sword. Copenhague is doing great things for Nordic cuisine in Paris, but less for Danish tourism. Once you've eaten here there'll be even less reason to go to Denmark to eat this well.
|Venue name:||Restaurant Copenhague||Contact:|
142 Avenue des Champs-Elysée
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri, midday-2pm, 7pm-10.15pm. Closed Sat & Sun.|
|Transport:||Metro: George V|