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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