Copenhagen is expensive.
- Bibi’s Diner: Decent. This story is told elsewhere, but the food itself was solid. We had dolma, tomato/cucumber salad, broccoli salad, cabbage salad, and potato salad, plus something bread-like which I think was chick-pea-based. In that part of town, this seemed to be one of the only affordable places to eat.
- Aamanns: This was our splurge, and I am happy to say it was worth it. They serve the Danish specialty, smørrebrød, which is open-faced ‘sandwiches’ on rye bread. We ordered one with smoked salmon (“Cold smoked Icelandic salmon with elderflower-pickled cucumber, water cress crème and rye chips”), one with beef tartare (“Tartare of beef loin with smoked cheese, pickled cucumber, shallots, cress and potato chips”), one with beef (“Slices of roast sirloin with fried onions, coarse, chunky remoulade and grated horse radish “), and one with herring (“Old fashioned herring in ramson with egg salad, radish, rye crumbs and cress”). That last one wasn’t my idea, by the way. They were delicious and artisinal and whatever happy words you want to assign to them.
- Torvehallerne Market: Decent. I ate 2 mini smørrebrød-like open-faced sandwiches, which were called tapas because they weren’t on rye bread. B had a fiskedeller (fish cake) with remoulade and rye bread. Then, we tried pastries that I had my eye on in Denmark: a black-and-white mini-“roll” and a round chocolate-nut thing that resembled a giant truffle. I was very sad to find that I didn’t like either of them! The ‘roll’ tasted rum-like, and the ‘truffle’ was dark chocolate. I know, what a sad life I lead of too-alcoholic and too-dark pastries.
- Pølse og Grill: Decent.This was a shawarma place near our apartment, to which we went one day when ravenous. B got a shawarma pita, and I got a shawarma plate with a bit of salad and fries. For what it was, pretty solid, though definitely not the discount meal you might assume you would get from a shack next to a Shell station.
- Streckers Pub and Brasserie: We went in here to have quick and not-ridiculously-priced dinner. We watched the Russia vs. Belgium World Cup match: B on TV, and me in the bar mirror. Burgers and fries were just fine, and it was fairly affordable for the area.
- Lagkagehuset: We tried a number of pastries here: two different raisin rolls, a traditional ‘Danish,’ a cinnamon pastry, and a croissant This was over the course of three days, for those of you wondering how we’re still able to fit into our clothes. (Hint: we’re not.)