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“Wonderful, Wonderful Fortunen!”
Review of Fortunen - CLOSED

Fortunen
Cuisines: Danish
Neighborhood: Indre By (Inner City)
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Neighborhood: Indre By (Inner City)
Reviewed March 31, 2013

... sorry about the cliched title, but it really does sum up our experience of this fantastic restaurant and bar. My girlfriend and I had dinner at this relaxed yet bustling little place in central Copenhagen on 26.03.2013, around 8.30pm. We were quickly shown to a good table by the smiley friendly waiter, given menus (in English), and had the right amount of time to make our choices.

One of the major surprises of Copenhagen was just how good the food is in most places. In Fortunen, everything we ate was absolutely top notch. The interesting selection of dishes encompasses quite a broad range, from Danish classics to more familiar fare. The food comes tapas-style, meaning that you can have lots of different dishes: this a great idea because it was all soooo tasty that to try one dish wouldn't have been enough!

Highlights for us included the cute little house burger, which was cooked to medium-rare perfection, although they can serve it well-done if that's how you like it: the relish was ridiculously good. My other half had scallops - I'm not a seafood fan, but she informs me that they were excellent. The veal sweetbreads were a treat: very tender. We also had a mash of celeriac and other root vegetables, served in a very tasty tangy sauce, and we ordered cabbage, which might sound a bit odd, but just wait until you try it!

My dessert was a lovely grape sorbet with vodka drizzled over it, and gf had a chocolate pudding that came with beetroot - another great combination! Dessert and coffee also arrived at the same time, which is a mark of a good restaurant.

The waiter did a great job of promoting locally brewed beers, all of which are thoroughly superior to the standard fizzy lagers such as Tuborg etc.

Dinner for two, with dessert and plenty of drinkies came to about £85. That might sound expensive, but it actually represents good value for Copenhagen because Denmark is an expensive country with high tax rates. I'd happily pay the same again - some of the food was so new and creative that it wouldn't look out of place in a Michelin-starred restaurant.

If you're in Copenhagen, definitely visit Fortunen

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Thank Richard L
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

Last wednesday on the 05.12.2012, my friend and I arrived at 5.30pm for a beer and to eat a bit later. We were very happy to try the place and expected to have a good relaxing moment. Good first impression, nicely decorated place, convivial atmosphere, nice first bartender (with a moustache à la Dalí).
The kitchen was opening at 6pm, so we had to wait, having a nice beer meanwhile. Try the Herslev Pale Ale btw, it tastes good.
At 5.45pm I went to the bar and asked the second barman if we could order, he said that even for ordering we had to wait 6pm. No problem. At 6pm a lot of people arrived so I went to the bar again to order, the same barman told me then that the waitress would come to our table soon. That, he should have told me that from the beginning then should have asked the waitress to come to our table quickly as I already asked twice. It didn't happen. The waitress didn't react to our signs but luckily though by pure coincidence came our way to install two other persons to our table, asking us if it was ok. (Sharing a table with strangers is a danish way of doing, just so you know.)
So I asked her to take our order. It was 6.05 pm and at that moment we saw that people, who had arrived after us, were being served food. That meant they had ordered before 6pm. My friend and I too got a bit annoyed by that as we had been told it was not possible to order before 6pm. Nevermind.
Five mns after ordering, the waitress came back to announce that one of the dish was sold out. Great. At the beginning of a service one dish is sold out ? The minimum a waiter has to do is to forewarn the guests when they order.
My friend asked for the dish of the day (fish with risotto), 'Impossible, said the waitress, you are not sitting on the high tables, you can have the dish of the day only if you sit on the high tables, not the diner ones.' What a incomprehensible answer.
So he ordered the fish, alone in the plate, no risotto.
We ordered each: snacks as an entrée, then a main dish. Everything came at the same time, not entrée then main dish, no, and with a very questionable way of serving. I got the two entrées and my main dish got announced but then put on the table next to us, the waitress didn't even asked who had ordered it. She put the last plate where there was space left, luckily on front of my friend who had ordered it. The fried small fishes I ordered were barely tepid, but good, and the nuggets were good, good sauce too.
The two so called "main" dishes were so small we thought it was a joke.
The tartare was not a tartare in any way (see the picture). It was very few small cubes of raw meat mixed with something -as it had no taste I am not able to say what it was- not even filling half of the plate, the fish portion was very small too and also all alone in the plate. The five nuggets my friend had for snacks were more food than the "main" dish.
How can you dare presenting a plate half empty ? At least you put salad to fill the space ! And who would serve a tartare with no potatoes or fries, and fish with no rice or vegetables ? Yes you can order potatoes on the side but seriously ! 35DKK for four mini potatoes cut in half ? No, thanx.
The water served was tepid, not fresh at all, it must have been standing on the bar half of the day, and there was not even a slice of bread to accompany the tiny food.
I was not even finished, the waitress took our plates, not asking if we would like to have a dessert or a coffee, nothing, not a word, no excuse. She already knew we were not satisfied at all as I told her, see the following.
Another thing: back from the toilets, where btw the strong smell of cesspit gets you nauseous, I went to the waitress at the bar to check on a reservation I had made for some weeks after. The girl said to me that that day was a day off, so it was not possible to reserve. To that I answered I had called the very same morning to reserve and it was ok to book a table. She opened the reservation book and saw the reservation, with my name misspelled, on it. She said it was wrong. To what I had to answered that I didn't write in her book and anyway considering the very bad first experience we had tonight I had to cancel that reservation and we would never come back. I told her we know the other café, Dyrehaven, the owners have, we like it and go there once in a while, never got disappointed -the food, portions, price and service are fine there at Dyrehaven- and we really expected the same quality, at least, if not more, but it was far from happening. Her only excuse was that she was alone 'on the floor', true, she really needed help, also because she was not experienced -to put it in a nice way- and the place was packed, but there were two barmen, who should have helped.
(I can imagine how glad my parents would have been if we would have come for dinner and found the door closed, what to do then on a bankholiday when 3/4 of the town is closed ? Again not very pro Fortunen. It's good all that happened before.)
To resume, the food was not bad but way too small and far from exceptional, the service disastrous, even though the place aspires to being fine obviously. A lot to go to make the all thing work and acceptable.
The portions are ridiculously small and overpriced: 80 DKK for 40gr of fake tartare, 75 DKK for 50gr of fish and the service is really lousy. We went home still hungry as if we hadn't eaten anything, laughing about the bitter joke, so grotesque it was.
Add to all that, that the place is extremely noisy, the acoustic is one of the worse we had to experience. Note that in most places in Cph, the noise level in the evening can be a real disturbance.
If we have to find some good points, well, the beer was good, you can't get fat or stuffed, impossible to put on weight there, one waiter was nice, and it is fast: from the moment we ordered to the moment we paid, it lasted 40mn (but it isn't a good point actually) so you can run out to see a movie, or catch a bus and go home to make real good food.
We paid for 2 small beers, 1 snack, 1 "main" dish each, 180 DKK. We got 5 DKK (0,68 € !) discount each.
I'm very sorry to write all that but our disappointment was too big and the 'theft' to hard to swallow to let it go.
Called the Fortune, like the little street aside, surely for the money the owners will make there, I would call it Robbery from now on. Such a shame, really. I don't know who is really in charge but the gap with Dyrehaven is huge.
Very bad experience I'd rate to minus 1 or 2 if I could, on the top of the flops right after Orangeriet, a place that is far worse than anything, as the food is not even good, the crockery broken etc -another story.
(FYI 1€: 7,3/4 DKK, so 80 DKK give roughly 11 euro)

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Reviewed October 23, 2013
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Reviewed September 20, 2013
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