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“This Michelin has gone flat” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Relae

Relae
jaegersborggade 41 | 2200 københavn n, Copenhagen 2200, Denmark
3696 6609
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Ranked #415 of 1,657 Restaurants in Copenhagen
Cuisines: Scandinavian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Singapore, Singapore
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“This Michelin has gone flat”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

This restaurant is riding on a reputation that is undeserved. In short, it is a huge disappointment. Don't go. Read on for why.

To be fair, there were highlights:
- The tables were a good height;
- The Sicilian olive oil is very good;
- The salted cod was pretty and delicate;
- The dessert with shaved Parmesan was delightful.

But on with the review! Upon arrival we had some bubbly aperitif that was passable, just not once you noticed the price. There is also an oily roll of thinly-sliced zucchini that is a starter but fails to impress.

Rather than describe the dishes individually, I can sum the food experience (excepting the dessert) thusly: high attention to aesthetics, low attention to what the eating experience is like.

Their menu had warned me about this. If you look at the ingredients, they are simply boring. My companion was confident that Relæ would do something amazing with them ("They have a Michelin star", ergo they can cook).

What killed me was the wine menu. I expected expert pairings (four of them), i.e. the whole meal would be greater than the sum of the parts. What we got seemed like the result of some newbie foodie deciding to seek out unknown wines of nonexistent refinement based on their foodie/hipster creds (hint: exclusivity might mean nobody buys it!). It was like tasting the results of an introductory wine-making class. They ran the gamut from sourness to non-descript fruitiness to sediment-laden ORANGE colored wines. The silver lining was that they only poured half glasses, meaning you only had 2 glasses of bad wine to deal with. And it only cost 400kr per person! What a deal! I suspect it would kill a Frenchman.

I would have rated Relæ average if I didn't feel gouged for eating there . . . in Copenhagen.

You do not go to a nice restaurant for food that is less impressive than what you get at home. Unless you went to Relæ. And for the love of god, do not order the wine menu.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Affordable gourmet - unmistakably Nordic style”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

In a charming basement in Norrebro, welcoming and down to earth. Everything on the plate is painstakingly choreographed, yet the decor, right down to the restaurant's rough brick walls, feels less systematic and more bohemian. Courageous and creative food that is extremely unique and tasty. Herbivores get most of the attention here and it's in the vegetarian dishes that Relae excels.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
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“The best...or the worst?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is such a hard restaurant to write a helpful review for. We ate there last night (Aug 28). We started with the snack/appetizer (baby corn with marjoram - 40Kr) and an aperatif (naturally sparkling wine - 95 Kr) - the corn was amazing and well worth it, the aperatif was ok, not great, but pricey. We had the non-veg fixed menu (385 Kr) and also accompanied it with the wine-pairings (another 385 Kr). The restaurant prides itself on organic food, simply prepared (with no "frames"?, whatever that means) - letting the food speak for itself. This means that the experience can be very hit (like the organic pork with rye and buckwheat - the pork was so succulent it rested in it's own juices and the rye and buckwheat complimented nicely adding a nice crunch) or very miss (the salted cod was sashimi like, but very chewy - the kohrabi was my favourite part of this dish, but the dish overall was very one note and the texture really quite off-putting (and I like sashimi). The warm salad was also interesting but a little dis-satisfying - warm hearts of romaine with a "nest" of finely chopped romaine leaf with a dressing of warmed almond milk - very one note, and not appetizing. impressive knife skills notwithstanding but a definate miss. The desert was a amazing - apple granite (frozen) with a mousse/foam of chanterelles, and a sprinkle of some black mushroom - it was simple, yet tasty - a definate hit. The wine pairings were ok, not outstanding in any way. So how do you rate a restaurant the has served you some of the best dishes and worst dishes you have ever had?

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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“Worst Meal Out I've Ever Had”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

My wife and I went to this restaurant for my birthday on the basis one or more of the chef's are ex-Noma.
We went for the set menu (you don't have a choice) and the wine menu to go with it. First course was some shrimps with liquidised oyster on top - not good. Next course was a plate of quinola with some yoghurt on top and the piece of brilliance" being some coffee beans stuck in a blender and than sprinkled on the top. Disgusting. Main was a piece of fish in chicken soup broth - average and small. By the time we got to the dessert which was beetroot with some kind of yoghurt (again) we had had enough and asked for some chees and biscuits instead.
The wine selection was a selection of "semi-fermented" wines which all attested of grapefruit and yeast and caused quite some gas management problems for us post the meal!
Staff were not very attentive and the décor is VERY basic.
All for the princely sum of DKK2500.
Summary - avoid this restaurant unless you like forking out lots of money just to get flatulence and a McDonald's on the way home!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Barcelona, Spain
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“f r e s h”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

relae has a michelin star? it is much more interesting and innovative than most of the michelin-starred restaurants i've been to. every dish is unusual and unusually mouthwatering. wonderful wine pairing, and, if you don't want to drink alcohol, equally tasty juice pairing. we left saying how fresh the meal was (as in food-wise, as well as innovative) and how we felt absolutely satisfied but not overstuffed. looking forward to returning to see what they offer in winter and spring.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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