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Apr 2, 2012 09:48 AM

Where to eat before Noma?

I was able to get a reservation to Noma - so excited! This also gives me a great excuse to visit Copenhagen for the first time (apart from that one time sooo long ago that my favorite place in the world was the Legoland :-)

Anyway, I'll have at least one late dinner (think 9-10pm entering restaurant) before the day and one lunch on the day of the Noma dinner. Also, I might get in one more day (lunch and dinner) on the day after Noma, but that's not at all certain.

Where should I go before the great dinner? I was thinking along the lines of Fiskebaren for dinner and Aamann's for lunch. Or are there better solutions for pre-noma?

Thanks for your advice,

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  1. What are your dining preferences? Cool, funky, stylish, fashionable, modern, minimal, classical, rustic, traditional etc etc.? It may help us help you. Also, price level? (if limited)

    Other than that, please check my (and other) answers at:

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    1. re: onlydon

      I like to eat at places that serve food as it should be prepared in that location - very regional and seasonal. I don't care if it's traditional or modern, as long as it's good food. Otherwise, I am not at all interested in fashionable, cool or stylish. Price level is debatable - I am not on a student budget, but one Noma-sized bill will be enough. So something reasonable that a middle class person can afford, or even cheaper, if there is some hole in the wall that I should really try.

      1. re: sasicka

        I guess the places you listed inyour original post fit this description very well. In addition, you way want to try Kokkeriet. It's high end danish food. Same goes for Den Rode Cottage, located slightly north of Copenhagen. You may try Krogs Fiskerestaurant (traditional seafood). Also, I happen to like the somewhat simpler Frederiks Have restaurant.

        The places above are listed in the following order: from the most expensive to the least expensive.

        There are lots of places that serve Danish-French food, such as Restaurationen and Relae. They're really good but you may want to skip these restaurants if your primary aim is to have regional food.

      2. re: onlydon

        Hey onlydon, you seem to know the CPH scene! Would you recommend making a reservation at Ida Davidsen? Is it casual? It's one of my must visit stops.

        Also, what is the dress code for Geranium or Noma? I have a lunch reso at Gernanium (a backup in case I dont get lucky with the Noma wait list). I don't want to be underdressed.

        1. re: cellophane_star

          Thanks. Yeah, I've been there quite a lot thoughout the years.

          As for smorrebrod. It's probably not my thing. It's just a little too weird for me.. ;)
          I'm not sure I should be the one to hand out advice on this but Aamanns is the one ppl talk about. They're reinterpreting the traditional smorrebrod (and that's in a good way). I can't tell you anything about Ida Davidsen. Could it be more traditional or like a pastry shop? I really don't know. My guess is that it's casual.
          I should add that I haven't been to any of them.

          The dress code in almost all scandinavian restaurants is relaxed and somewhat casual. I suppose it's called "smart".
          More like this:

          ,but this is merely somwhat less common:

          1. re: onlydon

            I have to strongly agree with the Aamanns recommendation--far, far better than Ida Davidsen's, which is much more popular with tourists and the very elderly. I wouldn't eat there, but reservations are probably a good idea if you choose to eat there anyway. It is very casual (nice jeans and a polo type shirt are fine for summer).

            Danes rarely wear ties, but most will wear a sport's jacket to the types of restaurants you're mentioning. Usually a good thing anyway, as it's rarely warm enough to go without anything at all.

            1. re: Transplant_DK

              Thanks for the advice, DK and onlydon! I'll give Aaman's more consideration now.

              1. re: cellophane_star

                By the way, I do enjoy really good smørrebrød--but there's a lot of crap to be found. Aaman's is known for some of the best anywhere, and they also do plenty of the originals. Having lunch there will give you the chance to try some of the (in)famous brown bread!

      3. Hi, How long in advance did you have to book? I will have a short business trip in Denmark at the end of September.

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        1. re: CWFOODIE

          You MUST book online.
          They are already booked through Sep 29 and reservations for October open up on July 9 @10:00 (CET). You may have less than a minute to get into the site! Make sure you have your name, address, phone #'s etc already loaded in a form filling mode in your browser, as it's first COMPLETED (just getting a time isn't sufficient).
          Good luck.

        2. Hi!

          We just got back from Copenhagen last night and also got a chance to eat at Noma on Wednesday. You won't be disappointed (obviously).

          We are two huge NYC foodies and planned out all of our meals before stepping off the airplane, haha.

          Aamanns is a great choice for lunch because the individual pieces are rather small. Also, we ended up eating at Aamanns Etablissement (the sit down restaurant) on our last night and were blown away by the quality of the food and the price. The best lamb dish I have ever had, hands down.

          Fiskebaren is also a pretty good choice for lunch (n.b. it can be a little tricky to find inside the meatpacking district sans map) because the menu is small and you can try a bunch of things like the oysters and the mackerel tartare (highly recommend).

          In terms of other spots we loved:

          Manfred's does an incredible 5 course lunch (but they're super small bites, you won't be overwhelmed and it's mostly veggies).

          Their sister restaurant Relae would be fantastic for dinner. Lots of chefs from Noma cook there and they have a similar commitment to local ingredients prepared in interesting and delicious ways.

          We also tried Madklubben, which was really fun and tasty, but not quite at the level of the other spots we dined at.

          Also, we were surprised to learn that many Danish eat on the earlier side. Definitely check with the specific restaurant before making a 9-10 PM reservation? We were the only ones eating around 9:30 at a few spots, which I thought was odd.