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May 28, 2007 07:30 AM

copenhagen, smaland

My husband and I will be spending a few days in Copenhagen and also in the Smaland area of Sweden. Any mid-priced dining suggestions or must-see recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Hi:
    Ida Davidsen's restaurant is worth a stop. Here's a quote from her website:

    "They are rather crazy about ”smørrebrød” (Danish open sandwiches) in that family. That crazy that they have now reached the fifth generation who has made a living out of high-piled ”smørrebrød”.

    If something is unbearably long, you say that it is as long as Oskar Davidsen’s list of ”smørrebrød .” There is a reason for this, as in 1888 the one and same Davidsen started out with an open sandwich business on Nørrebro with no less than 177 pieces of ”smørrebrød” to choose between.

    So, today it is the fifth generation, also an Oscar (with a c) who runs the business, which is now situated in Store Kongensgade and is also a luncheonette.

    It is named after the great-grandchild of the old Oskar, namely Ida Davidsen, who runs the kitchen (queen Ida, her son calls her), and the list of ”smørrebrød” is now longer and has reached 250 pieces of ”smørrebrød”, by now.

    The restaurant is cosy, the waiters are talking menus and there are plenty of regulars. Especially very famous people who, if they have earned it, have a piece of ”smørrebrød” named after them. For example, you may set your teeth into Uffe Ellemann (worth considering!) or Victor Borge. The old showman is a piece with salmon, freshly marinated lumpfish caviar, crayfish tails, Greenland shrimp, lime and dill mayonnaise.'

    You can check the prices for yourself online-- i'm not sure I'd call it mid-priced, but it is definitely a must-see. It's only open for lunch and always packed.

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    1. re: syberyenta

      What a great post! We'll definitely make a stop if we can get in, and report back. It will be so much more fun with the background info. That Victor Gorge sounds pretty amazing, and since it's representative of the offerings, it will be an adventure

      . As far as the price goes, I'm not sure we'll find too much mid-priced in the region in general, so we'll just have to deal.

      Thanks so much.

      1. re: bear

        The last time I was there, I had the Steak Tartare / Oysters, and 1 Herrings (you MUST have herrings) and 1 Gamel Ole with aspic and rum. (Gamel Ole is a verrrrrry strong cheese). MMMM !

    2. if you like se asian food, stop by wokshop. can't remember the street name but it's just off kongens nyrtov (big roundabout near the castle). i think they have a website too.

      when it comes to denmark, and copenhagen:
      HOTDOGS - street vendors - make sure to have the lot on them.

      ICE CREAM - go up to hellerup (a northern suburb of cph) and one the main road is an icecream shop there that is famous for it's icecream - you'll know it when you see the queue on the street and wonder what everyone's gathering for.

      BEER: you must have a beer at nyhavn. it's a tourist must. hopefully you'll get a sunny day whilst you are there.

      unless you are on expenses, don't try to eat anywhere upmarket, and don't order wine out unless you can afford the really good stuff (the tax on wine in restaurants is phenomenal - Danes tend to drink at home with friends more as it isn't subject to the same tax.)

      1. Thanks for the info. We're headed there in a couple of days. Can't wait!

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        1. re: bear

          I just remembered... have a dig around - there is an english language version as well in case your danish is not up to speed! the locals use this site, and in the past has been very useful. i just popped on there and found:
          Wokshop Cantina Take Away
          Ny Adelgade 6, København K
          Phone: 33 91 61 21

          am very envioius of your trip!