... 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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