Fiskebar (Copenhagen)

I admire the Danish’s ability to make any occasion into a celebration and enjoy it. Indeed, we’ve heard for years that they’re one of the happiest countries in the world and after visiting Copenhagen, I saw first-hand the great attitude they have. During a visit to Fiskebar, the weather was rather cool for spring. But, plenty of people sat outside on picnic benches and around a campfire enjoying time with friends and family.

Located in the meat packing district, the restaurant is in a lively compound filled with other restaurants and bars. It’s about a 45 minute walk from Nyhavn, but along the way interesting sites and artwork will keep you occupied.

Fiskebar essentially translates to fish bar, so it’s no surprise their menu is largely seafood based. Served raw, cold and hot, dishes are meant for sharing. My pet peeve with shared plate format meals is dishes arrive simultaneously so you feel compelled to eat quickly. But, Fiskebar timed the succession of dishes perfectly, ensuring we were done before another arrived.

The fish and chips (95 DKK) were a decent portion served with a traditional newspaper cone. The cod was lightly smoked so the fish had flavour even without sauce, while the crust was thin and crispy. A handful of freshly cut fries accompanied the dish and went nicely with the crunchy raw remoulade. 

It seemed like every table had a big bowl of blue mussels (105 DKK). Unfortunately, they were excessively gritty, especially the ones that didn’t arrive immersed in the cooking liquid. But, the buttery herbed apple cider broth was tasty so I stuck more to dipping the loaf of crusty bread into that instead.

The poached black lobster (180 DKK) was cooked well so its natural sweetness was still prevalent. Garnished with peas, pea shorts, morrels, terragon and a light foam, the dish had a lot of different textures. Interestingly, Fiskebar turned bone marrow into a powder that further intensified the taste. 

Arriving with a beautiful golden crust, the pan fried turbot (155 DKK) looked exactly how I like fish. Personally, I would have liked it cooked a bit less but it was still moist and tender.

Fiskebar has an enticing dessert menu, so my husband and I ended up each ordering our own. I wouldn’t suggest sharing as the dessert’s aren’t large and so good that you wouldn’t want to share.

The chocolate mousse (105 DKK) was luscious and rich, made with 72% dark chocolate. Paired with buckwheat ice cream and salted caramel, there were two flavours that complemented the chocolate well.

I love strawberry shortcake and Fiskebar’s deconstructed version (believe was also 105 DKK) didn’t disappoint. Compared to the chocolate mousse, it’s a lighter dessert with sweet strawberries, thick cream, crisp cookies and refreshing mint.

On a tour, I learnt that despite high taxes and prices, Danes adjust by spending money on experiences rather than material items. I certainly share that mindset - sharing a delicious meal with friends and loved ones beats having a designer bag any day!

Overall mark - 7.5 out of 10

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 Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
 Address: Flæsketorvet 100

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Gastro World's Grading System

  • Anything under 5 - I really disliked and will never go back
  • 6 - decent restaurant but I likely won't return
  • 7 - decent restaurant and I will likely return
  • 8 - great restaurant that I'd be happy to recommend
  • 9 - fantastic restaurant that I would love to visit regularly and highly recommend
  • 10 - absolute perfection!