As I passed through a quiet street in Copenhagen I passed this door. There was a menu on display outside, and I soon discovered that this must be place to go if you really will discover Danish gourmet food.
Little did I know then that this humble door leads into the basement of the oldest building in Copenhagen, lending its name from the king that once ruled both Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
King Hans (1455-1513) ruled all three countries until his death. The house is in contemporary texts called Wyngaard or Myntergordt and it is over 500 years old. It is said that the king used the house as the Royal mint. The house in Vingårdsstræde was later the home of another famous Dane, the author Hans Christian Andersen.
Today you can sit under the gothic arches and enjoy an extremely exclusive selection of dishes. Starters (March 2008) at DKK 275 (€35), main courses ranging from DKK 415 (€52) to DKK 750 (€95), and cheese and desserts at DKK 165-175 (€21-22). All in all you may get the whole menu at DKK 850 (€106). Wines not excluded. What to choose. Do these dishes tempt you?
MOSAIC OF GOOSELEG CONFIT & FOIE GRAS
With local apples & Danish apple balsamic vinegar (DKK 415)
LOBSTER TIGER LEE
With ginger, soy & garlic (DKK 750)
DESSERT OF VALRHONA CHOCOLATE
With citrus fruits (DKK 175)
A dinner for a king!! Sadly it is not open during Easter, as I am taking another trip to Copenhagen during the Easter Holiday.
Kong Hans Vinkælder
1070 København K
Phone: +45 3311 6868
Fax +45 3332 6768
The official website