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“Adventurous food which is stunning when it comes off”
Review of Restaurant AOC

Restaurant AOC
Ranked #223 of 2,598 Restaurants in Copenhagen
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Indre By (Inner City)
Reviewed August 10, 2012

We wanted to try one of the Noma wannabees while in Copenhagen and AOC looked like the best bet (being somewhat easier on the wallet than some of the others). There was a faint air of a religious institution when we first walked in - the restaurant is located in what looks like a church undercroft, albeit in minimalist white, and there was a sense of hush and reverence. We went for the 4 course set menu at 650 DKK (you can have 5, 6, 7 or 10 courses as well) and picked a reasonably-priced (for Copenhagen anyway) bottle of Gruner Veltliner. There were several amuses bouches before the first of the 4 courses arrived - bark of celery with pine salt (served on a real log), beef tartare with birch leaves, toasted milk skin with pistachio cream and wild flowers and corn stalk with a cream sauce (not really sure what this last one was but it came with tiny kernels of sweetcorn). These were all amazing to look at and some of the tastes really interesting. From the menu we chose dishes of king crab, sea scallop, duck and one each of the two wacky sounding desserts - "pebbles" with apple and rosemary and a pumpkin oil ice cream. The best of the savoury dishes was the sea scallop - which came with gooseberry and hazelnut and was an excellent combination of tastes and textures. Surprisingly, the "pebbles" dessert was delicious even though it looked weird on the plate. The best of the dishes were outstanding, although the approach didn't always come off - the crab dish was surprisingly bland. But nevertheless a great experience. The overall damage was 1,885 DKK which we felt was worth it (although you could have spent considerably more).

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Reviewed July 5, 2012

Had been invited to a private event at AOC for the restaurant’s presentation of the very best within its capacity. Let there be no doubt about this: AOC did not disappoint.

Unfortunately, I had the misfortune of being seated next to someone stating that she was a model – in her own opinion, as it were. This terrible experience came very close to ruining my overall impression of AOC, although the restaurant obviously couldn’t be faulted for this. I believe that an explanation of her behaviour is owed: She apparently had a problem with sitting upright on her chair; she constantly had to check her phone. Half-way through the main course, she absolutely had to have a cup of coffee; and when people proposed a toast, they might as well have farted instead – for she completely ignored them. I never succeeded in finding out the precise nature of her jobs as a model, for she certainly was no beauty either – so my interest in making conversation with her, soon evaporated entirely.

AOC has the best sommelier in Scandinavia – and this is certainly reflected in the wine selection. This evening, it was in perfect harmony with the food. A couple of the wines wouldn't have been to my taste in a “Stand alone capacity”, but in the company of the respective courses, their taste underwent complete changes resulting in a deliciously positive experience.

The food is as I think it should be at a Michelin-star restaurant: absolutely savoury and visual master pieces.

Ronny Emborg, the AOC head chef, previously worked as a chef at ”El Bulli” – a fact clearly reflected in the visual expression of the food presentation.

AOC is the perfect solution for a romantic evening, for a business dinner, or just in the company of good friends.

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14  Thank fublife
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

This 1 Michelin star restaurant was the second most extraordinary restaurant experiences of our lives (the best was 3 Michelin starred Pierre Gagnaire in Paris). It even beats other 3 and 2 Michelin starred restaurants we have been to, in our humble opinions.

We chose the 7 course (plus cheese course) degustation menu with matched premium wines (well, why not?). This was in addition to 5 different amuse bouche (they called them "snacks") courses.

The food was extraordinary, inventive and incredible deconstructed morsels of fresh flavours that at times challenged the palate, but always zinged with freshness. Fancy mackerel in hay ash, with parsley, green tomatoes and buttermilk? Or sweetbread, fried milk skin, pearl onion & thyme? These description just fail to communicate how amazing this all was.

The only down side was there was probably too much wine with the courses. I was very reluctant to leave an half full glass, so in the end is was quite drunk, and I didn't need to be.

Not a cheap night, but one we will never forget.

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1  Thank iglockley
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

The food and service were both amazing! We had the 10 course tasting menu with full snacks and every one was spectacular! The frozen halibut was particularly memorable, as was the frozen rock dessert, lemon herb sorbet, and langoustine. The ONLY thing I think they could've improved on was timing. We were eating for about 5 hours, which was not terrible considering we had 23 different plates! Thanks so much to AOC for a smashing night!

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2  Thank Mike R
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

Our experience in AOC was absolutely flawless.
Interior
Very sleek and sober white and grey and dark wood with colourful patches of chairs
Food
Very inventive - a feast both for eyes and for taste-buds. Key colours of this seasonal menu are white, green and black. Ingredients with a few minor exceptions are resolutely Danish or Scandinavian. Our 7 courses were preсeded by no less than 4 chef's compliments.
Athmosphere
Relaxed and friendly
Service
Flawless - attentive but very discreet
Summary
We hope this restaurant will soon get its 2nd and 3rd Michelin stars - it's already of a higher standard than many higher-acclaimed venues

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2  Thank MaxLondon1976
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