If you’re visiting the National Museum in Copenhagen, you should set aside time to enjoy a selection of Danish smørrebrød at the museum’s restaurant Smör, which opened with new owners, late March this year.
Our charming waiter Niclas Klixbüll explains that Restaurant Smør (Engl.: Butter) relies on a kitchen of Danish gastronomic pedigree. The menu consists of traditional smørrebrød with a modern twist and executed to perfection. The drinks to pair with the food are carefully selected from local breweries and distilleries.
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The venue with its light walls and dark Danish designer chairs is inviting and cozy. Here you feel welcome to a country obsessed with rye bread! Rye bread provides the foundation for the open-faced sandwich, or smørrebrød. Typically slathered with butter, and topped with meat, fish or cheese. At Restaurant Smör inside the National Museum in Copenhagen they give this beloved treasure a modern twist. The open sandwiches here are made with seasonal, mostly local, ingredients.
Soft boiled egg, lumpfish roe, Buretta from Rødovre with a crispy chicken skin, or
Smör’s Salami on Beef and Mangalitza, Portwine aspic, onion, traditional Danish flavored lard and green tomato, or
Creaky chicken salad on Danish free range chicken, Madagascar pepper, bacon and asparagus, or
Tatar of beef topside, ramson, pecorino, tomato and egg yolk.
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Although two pieces of smørrebrød (which each cost around USD 15) should suffice for a filling lunch, it’s a shame to miss out on a slice of the Danish free range beef fillet with Tarragon Crème, caramelized onions and fried egg.
Beer and aquavit fans will appreciate the handful of interesting local brews.
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SMÖR is the brainchild of Madkastellet, famous for their award-winning, edgy food concepts. Ulrika Mortensen is Head of Communication & Brand Development.
All photos: Tor Kjolberg
Reinvented Traditional Smørrebrød in Copenhagen: Restaurant Smör reviewed by Tor Kjolberg