Restaurant of the Month, Denmark
A bite of Denmark’s cultural heritage A staple on Danish lunch tables and a must-try for tourists visiting Denmark, ‘smørrebrød’ is getting the attention it deserves at Restaurant Told & Snaps – a traditional Danish lunch restaurant, located only a few steps away from the picturesque waterfront of Nyhavn (one more on the to-do list for many tourists), that serves the classic open-faced ryebread sandwich topped generously with some of Denmark’s finest produce. By Camilla Pedersen | Photos: Ida Ejdrup Nielsen
“Our smørrebrød is classic, but with a twist. The combination of buttered sourdough ryebread, careful flavour combinations of toppings, garnishes and relishes is a mouth-watering treat – also visually. Accompany your smørrebrød with a snaps, and you’ve had a taste of an important part of Denmark’s cultural heritage,” says Mette Borum, owner of Restaurant Told & Snaps. Borum opened the Danish smørrebrød restaurant in the heart of Copenhagen almost 20 years ago, and the establishment is as popu100 | Issue 131 | December 2019
lar now as back then among locals and tourists alike.
A recipe for success Curry herring with red onions, apples and egg. Pan-fried fillet of plaice with hand-shelled Greenland shrimps and homemade remoulade. Or how about warm liver pate with cucumber salad, pickled beetroot and bacon? While the varied menu offers something to satisfy any taste bud, the recipe for the restaurant’s success is simple: a no-fuss
approach and products of the highest quality – mostly organic and almost all homemade. “Our remoulade, mayonnaise, pickles, apple puree – you name it – it’s all homemade. Just like my grandmother did it. The only exception is the sourdough ryebread, which is freshly baked and delivered every day. If we had enough space, we would also make the bread ourselves,” says Borum. Not only the food, but also the interior is traditional. From the street, you take three steps down into the basement and are met by brown panels and wall paintings of royals – a colour scheme that is very different from the brightly coloured townhouses in the busy stretch of Nyhavn, only a few metres away. The tables are a bit close, but that’s part of