When going out for a restaurant experience, everything counts: from what is on your plate to what is in your glass and how the personnel greets you. Today, more and more restaurants are focusing heavily on interior design as well. The plate, glass and furniture are important features for the guests of some of the best-designed restaurants. Here, we bring you a sneak peek of three of Copenhagen’s coolest restaurants.
Having its roots in Venezuelan cuisine, with a twist of Nordic and Asian cuisine, the new Copenhagen restaurant Taller pursues the idea of the kitchen as a workshop, where the kitchen is seen as a place of artistic creation. ‘Taller’ actually means ‘workshop’ in Spanish, and the interior décor is also characterised by a certain roughness.
Three former Noma staff established the place, and the atmosphere is as cool as at the former world’s best restaurant at Copenhagen’s waterfront. ‘Good craftsmanship’ undoubtedly comes to mind when entering the kitchen at Taller. The furniture in the kitchen includes a workbench, which is specially designed to be used as a kitchen table.
The Danish design duo Mencke & Vagnby designed the interior, where the black Viggo dining chairs particularly stand out. With a minimalist, yet warm, Nordic feel, all the cups, plates, bowls, etc. are imported from and custom-made in Venezuela.
Where Taller has its roots in the Venezuelan cuisine, the next restaurant focuses on one of the most popular cuisines in the world; the Italian cuisine. Placed next to the lakes in central Copenhagen, Gran Torino is not just your typical Italian restaurant. Here, you have a great New Yorker-ish atmosphere that is emphasised with cool furniture.
Earlier, the block housed the headquarters of the Danish supermarket chain, Irma, and Gran Torino’s premises is actually the old warehouse.
“We have preserved a lot of the original industrial details from the warehouse such as an old rusty loading gate above a communal table in the restaurant, as well as the large door openings in the facade where the trucks in the old days were loaded full of groceries,” says Kaspar Mørk Arianto, who is Head of PR and Press at Madklubben, which is the Danish restaurant company that owns Gran Torino.
The actual restaurant is decorated with a bar area by the entrance, a great open kitchen with Valeriano pizza ovens, a long central table and loads of tables for either two or four people. Most of the walls are covered with green metro tiles, and the tables are accompanied by the Danish designer Børge Mogensen’s Søborg chair from 1952 as well as the Danish designer Jørgen Rasmussen’s KEVI office chair from 1973 – both custom-painted in a special green colour that matches the tiles on the walls.
Oversized rough-looking industrial pendants hang above the long table in the restaurant’s heart. The pendants’ design is softened by a myriad of antique mirrors on the walls that emphasise the homely trattoria look.
Homeliness is also present at Kadeau restaurant, which is a Copenhagen restaurant which makes food inspired by the cuisine of the Danish island Bornholm. In fact, the whole concept of the food is permeated by everything Bornholm – Bornholm’s nature and Bornholm’s supply of natural ingredients, all infused with a strong bond with and love for the island.
The restaurant is located just next to its old site at Wildersgade on Christianshavn. As you enter, a long corridor guides you to the dining area, while you can get a sight of the log fire in the oak wood kitchen. In the corridor you also pass a library lounge before arriving at the dining area, leading out onto a courtyard.
In this earnest and pleasing inner-city haven, wooden furniture and tactile materials flourish. OeO Studio, who designed the place, worked with Garde Hvalsø on the kitchen, conceived as a ‘crafted cabinet’, while all furniture was designed exclusively for Kadeau. According to OeO, the collaboration with the Michelin-starred Kadeau was one of the studio’s top projects of 2015.