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“Good and genuine food, good service”
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Public House
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: German
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Indre By (Inner City)
Reviewed April 7, 2011

We went there with quite a large group. Some of the guest had heard about the slow service. Luckily this is not a problem any longer. The waites was fast and professional and took good care of us.

Even though the place was almost sold out we got a good and not the least fast service.

The food was genuine and good. the starters wich was duck and foie gras was indeed very good.

We only had one minor clucth on the evening, we waited for a while for the dessert, but the overall experience was very nice. Not at all like the previous guest has warned agains on this page.

This is good value for money.

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Thank Breidablik
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Reviewed April 5, 2011

My enduring impression of the public house is an image of two middle aged women, one standing, hungrily scraping and cutting at a whole chicken in a bowl the size of a soup toureen. The public house is a failed manifesto on public dining. One that apotheizes the relationship between man and the animal he is consuming without warning the customer of the philisophical quagmire that is about to be released upon them.

If you show up at the public house here are five rules you should know in advance: You will be charged for a three course meal. You will be fed entire animals (chicken, fish, beef cuts, and duck) and you will be expected to disect them at table without aid from the wait staff. Every entree feeds two people. If you have an odd number you will be charged for an additional person, but you will be fed only additional vegetables. "Free water" means that you will be charged 20 Danish kroner ($5) per person to drink water, but you will get as much water as they can slosh onto your table while you are seated.

The public house is expensive. You will be seated and treated summarily. Conversation is all that saved our table from all out revolt. The food will take hours to arrive, and if you do not have some basic understanding of how meat is carved from the animal you will starve to death and be forced to scavenge scraps from the tables around you. While you lick and chew at the scraps of the brave pioneer diners that had the nerve and know-how to carve the food flopped down in front of them without introduction you will begin to wonder whether the restaurant you are dining at is an ellaborate hoax. The "free water" is incredible expensive. The beef is 75 Danish kroner ($15) more per person when selected as an entree. The English cheese plate is 75 Danish kroner ($15) more per person when selected as a desert. And though you are encouraged via email to finish your meal within 2.25 hours your server will welcome you to stay as long as you want.

The Public House is anything but public, feeling more like a botched attempt to raise money for a falacious gastonimic charity by gourmands with their nose pressed against window of the dining area, laughing at the idiots too ignorant to realize they're being overcharged, underserved, and generally insulted. It invites the idea of a division between the dining public and the serving ellite and does not confuse which group is of a lower station.

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Thank mstrong909
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Reviewed March 8, 2011

Went there within a party of 4 on a Monday evening. Arrived at 8. There were 3 or 4 tables with people but they left shortly after we arrived, so there were not many customers to attend to (us and another table). The decor is quite nice, but the feeling of emptiness - both of customers and of a very absent staff - brings the atmosphere down.

Our waiter was a nice guy, not that much outspoken but very polite. And that's about the one good thing that can be told about the service. We ordered nearly everything that was on the menu to share and try different things. Starters took about an hour to arrive! They appologised, apparently had had some trouble in the kitchen. We thought the main courses (Wellington steak and pork) would come shortly after finishing starters, but no... nearly another hour went on before they arrived. The steak should take 50m to prepare, but one would expect the time to start counting from when you order, not since the previous dish... apparently they don't start preparing when you order as the 50m turned out over twice that long from the time we ordered.

On top of that, the staff is rarely around. There was a handful of guys behind the bar (not very visible from our table) and I had to leave the table a couple of times to order more water or tell them the wine hadn't come yet after food arrived.

The food was generally very good. The soup and starters where original (mixed feelings about them, but good quality nevertheless). The Wellington steak is excelent and we had a pork dish that was also good. The sides were very good and varied. The desserts were not so impressive, but still very good standard and a few original touches.

In the end we were happy with the food, but it just doesn't taste the same when you spend 3h+ in a restaurant but more than 2/3 of that time is waiting for your food or looking around for any staff. I don't think I will go back there, and I can only recommend it to anyone who has a lot of time or needs to practice hour-long speeches before and in-between courses.

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Thank TheRoadx
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Reviewed September 18, 2010

Seven of us were taken here by our Danish business partners. They expected the food to be good because of the reputation of the owners. It turned out to be excellent - we all had the special menu - soup, fish, beef and dessert. The soup, a cream of cauliflower with scallops, was delicious. The salmon that came next was interesting - a mouthful of raw fresh fish with poppadums and cucumber raita! A small helping as an appetiser for the Beef Wellington that was to follow. The beef was awesome - very tender and delicious wrapped in a thin pastry and ham. The dessert wasn't so memorable - a kind of chocolate cheesecake I think, but I can't be sure as I'd drunk quite a lot of the excellent Chianti we had ordered with the beef. I would recommend a visit - not the best place in Copenhagen perhaps, but a good reliable and tasty meal in decent surroundings. Just don't expect fast service.

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Thank Stevev98
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Reviewed August 3, 2010

We visited here as someone had kindly given us vouchers offering a discount. Now I can see why they are doing anything to get people through the door. On a Tuesday night, the restaurant was basically empty. After being given menus, we waited *ages* for somebody to take our order.

Eventually a disinterested waitress who seemed to be looking over her shoulder the whole time we spoke to her came along. She was not able to tell us which wines were included in the wine pairing, and was extremely vague.

The food ranged from average to terrible. A starter of some kind of tasteless melon soup came with an OK prawn and scallop, plus the fattiest chunk of bacon you have ever seen. Thumbs down. The second course was a slab of gorgeously raw salmon ruined by a coating of curry powder that comes in one of those dried herb packets at the supermarket. It came with fresh poppadums; tasty though they were, they did not mix with the rest of the dish.

The 'star' of the menu, beef wellington for two, first arrived so raw and underdone that the waitress could not cut the meat, and sent it back to the kitchen. To their credit, they also took away all the vegetables and brought back fresh, hot ones when the beef returned. The beef was actually very nice, although there was enough to feed a table of four, and they allowed us to take the half that we didn't eat home in a bag.

The mediocre meal finished with a mediocre dessert of 'sticky toffee' pudding which consisted of a very dry burnt caramel biscuit, some sub-Haagen Dazs caramel ice cream and a skid mark of caramel, along with deep-fried banana. A real mess of a dish. I suppose it was meant to be sticky toffee pudding turned inside out, but it really didn't work.

This is supposed to be English 'gastropub' food, but having been to many of these in England, this was nothing like it. For a start, the food in English gastropubs is good.

On the plus side, two of the three wines that came with the 170 kroner wine pairing were excellent: a beautiful Chateauneuf du Pape and a gorgeous sweet dessert wine.

However, the bill for all this was 950 kroner, or over £100. In London, you could eat at a top Michelin 3 star restaurant at lunch and still have change. This meal wasn't worth half that.

If you want to try the CoFoCo chain/concept, stick with restaurant CoFoCo itself or perhaps one of the French arms of the chain. This place (incidentally part of a hotel, and maybe that is a problem) is *not* good.

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Thank JamesJames1014
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