Relae, Copenhagen, 5/31/14

Relae entrance
Relae entrance

This is a small place that states it is focused on food, no fuss or muss and is certified organic. You have 2 menus to chose from, omnivore or herbivore – same number of courses and price. We chose the omnivore and the accompanying wine pairings. An extra was offered (our asparagus) as is a cheese course. Emphasis on simplicity and quality are good credentials to me

Interior
Interior

but overall something is missing from the taste component. They seemed to have a penchant for undercooking everything. The asparagus and pistachio was a novel idea but the asparagus had no flavor and I had to wonder if a quick blanching might have proved helpful for this particular crop. They also chose to serve the clam raw and the seaweed powder completely overwhelmed it’s delicate flavor. (I peeled off the top seasoned layer of cucumber and solved that problem). Then the potatoes were also barely cooked and might have been lovely as the almonds proved to be a tasty additive. You were instructed to blend all ingredients together to eat the pork. Of course I had to try them separately and was not impressed but it was much better when mixed. What it that about the sum being greater than it’s parts? The dessert was a redeemer with a fun crunch coming from the mustard seeds and a good sweet finish.

The best part of the experience was the bathroom art which is included below!

Table drawer
Table drawer
wine
wine
Asparagu and pistachio
Asparagu and pistachio
wine
wine
bread
bread
Razorclam, cucumber and spinach. Seaweed salt ton top.
Razorclam, cucumber and spinach. Seaweed salt ton top.
wine
wine
chef the day we were there
chef the day we were there
New potatoes dauphinois with grated almonds on top.
New potatoes dauphinois with grated almonds on top.
wine
wine
wine back
wine back
Pork from Hindsholm, pickled rhubarb with onion puree and pig blood.
Pork from Hindsholm, pickled rhubarb with onion puree and pig blood.
wine
wine
it filled up inside
it filled up inside
Vanilla ice, dried raspberry and caramelized mustard seeds.
Vanilla ice, dried raspberry and caramelized mustard seeds.
open kitchen
open kitchen

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Co-owner Kim Rossen
Co-owner Kim Rossen
bathroom art
bathroom art
bathroom art
bathroom art
bathroom art
bathroom art

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