Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Open sandwiches at Restaurant Sankt Annæ - Copenhagen, Denmark

We are in for a "lille en" or a shot of aquavit
When being in Copenhagen, we decided to have at least one serving of open sandwiches (there were to be more). First sandwich stop was Restaurant Sankt Annæ at Skt Annæs Plads, located in a beautiful historic Nyhavn area at Copenhagen harbour. It was a claustrophobic experience in a classic interior, but the food was great!!

Rating Restaurant Sankt Annæ: BBBB+ (4,50 points)
  • Location: BBBBB
  • Service: BBBBB
  • Interior & atmosphere: BBB
  • Food: BBBB+
  • Beverage: BBBB+
Skt Annæ Plads, Copenhagen. Photo by Ankara
Restaurant Sankt Annæ is located at, and named after Skt Annæ Plads - a beautiful oval square by the historic Nyhavn area. and very close to our hotel - the Hotel Admiral.

Restaurant Sankt Annæ dates back to 1894 and is located in a house built in 1837, that was run as a hote until the 1960's. Restaurant Sankt Annæ spesialize in Danish classic cuisine.

This is not my first visit at  Restaurant Sankt Annæ, as I enjoyed a classic Danish "frokost" (lunch) around 10 years ago and loved it.

You enter through the main door, into a low ground floor. Restaurant Sankt Annæ has a classic interior with pale green walls, and period decorative items and images on the walls. 

Classic interior at Restaurant Sankt Annæ
Restaurant Sankt Annæ is a formal eatery with white table cloth and matching napkins, cutlery and the classic aquavit glass stacked in classic stands on the table.

Be warned - you are uncomfortably seated packed like the classic herring in a barrel in the small rooms. In addition to the uncomfortable closeness to our neighbours we were seated by the door feeling the draft from the freezing cold wind from the Copenhagen winter outside every time somebody opened up the door and entered the restaurant.

Smoked salmon from Bornholm
We decided to choose food from the a la carte menu, and I was determined to enjoy "et par stykker smørrebrød" - a couple of classic Danish open sandwiches. They were offered in two varieties, cold and "lune", i.e. slightly warm.

Delicious cream stewed spinach as side dish

I chose one cold variety, smoked salmon from Bornholm with cream stewed spinach (DKK 145 / € 19,50 / $24,78) , and a warm, i.e. pork rib with pickled red cabbage and "surt" (sour) (DKK 82 / € 11,03 / $ 14,01).

Two delicious slices of pork roast

DKK 145 for the salmon seemed to be a steep price, but when served,  we found that could have been satisfied with just one serving, read; this one. Shining, smooth, soft, tender, corral coloured sliced salmon covering a whole plate of Royal Copenhagen, and not too salt and not as fat as opposed to the farmed one you're so often served.

And as side dish was served a ramekin with wilted spinach stewed in broth and double cream - real comfort food and perfect for the salmon. The combination surprised me, as

And we had ordered two sandwiches, no fear that we would leave hungry (we were in fact not hungry that evening!)

Ribbensteg and flæskesteg are roasts made from pork with crispy crackling. For Norwegians these dishes are reserved for winter and especially Christmas, for Danes pork roast is served on open sandwiches all year.

Surt og sødt - sweet 'n sour
Our serving of ribbensteg at Restaurant Sankt Annæ was generous in size. Two thick slices of succulent pork with crispy crackling made our mouth waters, even though we had eaten up the salmon earlier.

The ribbensteg was served with side dishes - pickled cucumber and traditional sweet red cabbage. The meat  was well seasoned, tender, succulent - in short the ribbensteg served at Restaurant Sankt Annæ was delicious. 

We enjoyed the customary beer and shots of Aalborg aquavit to the open sandwiches. We rounded the meal off with coffee and petit-fours. That proved really to be too much at the end of a rich meal. This was lunch, and we were not hungry and ended up with a salad at Café Europa for dinner - but that is another story. 

Restaurant Sct. Annæ ApS
Sankt Annæ Plads 12
DK-1250 København K, Denmark
Phone: 33 12 54 97
Website: www.restaurantsanktannae.dk

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