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There’s Noma, and then some

epicure 30 July 2014

While it’s still mission impossible to get a seat at the world’s number one restaurant, Copenhagen has so much more to offer serious epicureans: from delectable hot dog stands to smørrebrød with a gastronomic twist.

AOC is a one Michelin-starred restaurant in a medieval cellar of an elegant palace dating back to the 17th century in the centre of Copenhagen. It’s one of those secret, hidden places, perfect for wintery nights or days like this when the rain drives people indoors. Like good wine, some food tastes better when served in intimate, enclosed spaces without bright lights or impressive views. AOC is stylish but not stiff, the décor smart but not snobbish. Danish owner and award-winning sommelier Christian Aarø Adam Aamanns’ smørrebrød with fried cod roe and pickled onions. Monkfish, lard and juniper bush from restaurant AOC. Blackcurrant and roses balls from Noma. BioMio’s healthy salad. graciously oversees the dining area, while head chef Søren Selin is in charge of his energetic kitchen team.

Excerpt from the August 2014 issue of epicure.

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