Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Grill, Scandic Front

Cured salmon with creamy, smoked cheese, pickled cucumber, and crisp rye bread crumbs.
Grilled steak with herbed butter, baked grape tomatoes and buttered potatoes with arugula.

The Grill
Hotel Scandic Front
21 Sankt Annæ Plads
1250 Copenhagen K

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of seeing the beautiful Semiramide in the Copenhagen opera with my family. Afterwards in our search for a place for dinner we settled on The Grill in the nearby Scandic Front hotel as it turned out that most of the restaurants in inner city were either closed or fully booked - spontaneous Sundays in Copenhagen are never easy. The atmosphere in the restaurant is very strange - pop music is played and the decor is a bit all over the place though we were almost waitered as if it had been a Michelin restaurant. The menu is moreover a bit confusing but not without ambition. We skipped the starter of grilled tuna with chips, cress and foie gras (?) and instead opted for the cured salmon. It was a generous portion, clearly home-cured (I found a bone or two in there) in slices that were a bit too thick for my liking. The smoked cheese cream was a nice addition but the consistency of "crisp rye bread" was more like sawdust than actual crisp bread crumbs. The pickled cucumber was very out of place as well and in total the dish just lacked direction and appeared rather clumsy though the quality of the salmon was fine. For the main course I went with a grilled steak, cooked almost to request of medium/rare, of very decent, tender quality. The trimmings were classic and ok - not bad, not exceptional. All in all, we had a fine experience at The Grill but with mains priced at +200DKK there are much better deals to be found throughout the city. 

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