Kødbyens Fiskebar is all about seafood, specifically fresh and good quality seafood.
I first learned about the restaurant from reading an article in David Chang’s Lucky Peach magazine while doing some research for our trip to Copenhagen. Diving a little deeper, and reading one good review after another, I was convinced that this was a place we had to try. My last hurdle was making sure that C was also on board. As luck would have it, C has a soft spot in her stomach for seafood restaurants.
Like any good seafood restaurant, the menu was heavily tilted towards offering dishes with a variety of raw and cooked fish and shellfish options. There were so many interesting dishes we wanted to try, so we settled on ordering ones that had seafood ingredients we could not easily find in Vancouver such as the sikrom (roe from bleak) and razor clams.
What also makes Kødbyens Fiskebar great, is their focus on serving regionally caught seafood, and ensuring that the the flavours of these ingredients are not masked in anyway. Each dish we ordered was not drenched in heavy sauces or overpowering components, but instead – staying true to Danish cooking – included vegetables, herbs or flowers that provided a nice complement to the seafood.
The only issue I had with the restaurant was a 30 minute wait between the time we finished our appetizers and the time the entrées arrived at our table. This may have been due to the restaurant having two kitchens, one kitchen for cooked dishes and the other for raw dishes. But other than that the wait staff was friendly and the service was good.
An observation that C had during dinner, which was quite unique, was how the ambience of the restaurant made her feel like she was in an aquarium, and looking back, I have to agree. The walls of the restaurant were lined with white tile (similar to those found in swimming pools), sounds of water drops were being played in the washrooms and there was a large fish tank in the middle of the restaurant that is home to a couple of jellyfish.
Overall, our dinner at Kødbyens Fiskebar was an enjoyable one and an excellent introduction to true Danish and regional seafood cooking.
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Thanks for reading,
S & C