For my recent trip to Copenhagen I stayed at the trendy Skt.Petri hotel which is part of the Design Hotels group. When I arrived I was super hungry and was in great need for a scandi feast. I never really think about eating in hotel restaurants which is a bit silly because they are actually great and perfect if you don’t want to go far. Skt Petri’s restaurant ‘Central Kitchen’ had a simple yet intriguing menu so I had to give it a go!
OK to nibble on, I had the loveliest crusty sour dough roll with a huge quenelle of herb butter, yep the Danes love to quenelle their butter and serve massive quantities of butter too. This was sprinkled with smoked salt, perfect with the butter, it was so tasty.
For the starter I ordered ‘Buttermilk-Beetroot-Norweigan Lobster, Organic buttermilk infused with chive oil, served with a Norwegian lobster, beetroot and salted sour dough croutons’. I’ve never had buttermilk with lobster before so I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t think that it would be presented SO beautifully and with perfect size too.
The lobster was in small bites, perfectly cooked, juicy and so fresh. Accompanied with micro herbs and croutons the plate looked so pretty, then the waitress poured over a cold buttermilk soup mixed with a little oil. This was incredible, I have never eaten anything like this and was so tasty.
Being overwhelmed by the quality of the starter I was really excited to see what else was coming up.
For the main, ‘Cod – Chanterelle – Apple, Pan fried cod served on a bed of sautéed spear cabbage with wild chanterelle mushrooms a granny smith apple puree and a warm beure blanc’.
The size of the cod fillet was HUGE, perfectly cooked too. The cabbage and mushroom side was a great touch. The beure blanc was very rich, full of flavour, with a sharpness that cut through the flavour of the fish. Served in a jug so that I could add as much as I’d like. This was again such a fresh meal and well presented and cooked.
I was completely stuffed but not one to say no to a good pudding. All of the desserts looked incredible but I wanted to get something that I’d never had before so I chose the ‘White chocolate soup – strawberry – vanilla biscuit, White chocolate infused with organic butter milk served with fresh Danish strawberries, homemade strawberry sorbet and sweet Danish vanilla biscuits’.
Yep MORE buttermilk! But this was much different to the starter. This pretty pud was served with a quenelle of strawberry sorbet, which actually tasted like a light frozen yogurt/sorbet. De-construsted vanilla biscuits, fresh strawberries and micro herbs.
Then the white chocolate buttermilk soup was poured over and the whole thing came together. I was in heaven !!I was hesitant about the white choc soup as I imagined it would be sweet and sickly but no, it was delicate to taste, light, slightly sour and SO moreish and not that sweet. It was delicious!
I paired my meal with a light and dry Riesling from Alsace.
A truly stunning meal with great style and presentation, incredibly fresh ingredients and very well put together. I’m so happily surprised about the food in Copenhagen, I REALLY love nordic cuisine, having tried it here and also at Höst, how have I lived without it for so long??? More nordic cuisine please!
Skt Petri is a member of the Design Hotels group who very kindly arranged this lovely meal for me.