Relae 3rd Visit — Copenhagen (2/2016)


I wasn’t sure what a wintertime visit to Copenhagen would be like on the food front.  But I was betting it still had to be really good.  Relӕ was my first stop on my visit.  My prior visits had been in the summer and fall.  I again went with the longer, 7-course menu.

Even before I had made my menu choice, they came out with this warm bite.  It was a buckwheat pancake filled with pistachio cream and fresh herbs.  It was a nice savory start to the meal.

For the wine choice, they offered a nice Austrian wine, made with the fruit of old vines in a national park.  They also soon served warm sourdough bread and olive oil after serving the wine.

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Relae 2nd Visit — Copenhagen (6/2015)


My first visit to Relӕ was almost 3 ½ years ago.  I decided I wanted to go back, but I had a booking problem when the predicted dates for the reservation availability came.  So, I had given up trying, but then looked again after several days.  While no reservations were available for dinner on the planned day, they were serving lunch on that Saturday.  I decided that would be fine, since I knew it would not be long meal, and I would have enough time to recover before dinner.  And, the restaurant is an easy and quick bus ride from Central Copenhagen. It currently is awarded one Michelin star.

The menu is still organized around either omnivore or herbivore groups.  However, you can order a longer menu (7 courses instead of 4) which crosses both groups of menu choices, which is what I chose.

I was again given a seat at the counter that overlooks the kitchen area.  However, they recently remodeled and removed one of the counter sections (the one in front, where I sat before).  When you walk into the restaurant and look right, you are almost in the kitchen area.  You still have all your utensils in a drawer at your seating station.

I asked for a wine recommendation, and my server suggested the 2012 Domaine de La Tournelle Fleur de Savagnin, Evelyne et Pascal Clairet from Jura, France.

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Relae — Copenhagen (10/2011)



Relae was my warm-up meal to noma (which will be later today).  It was started by an alumnus of noma, with a similar focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients.  The menu is pretty simple – you choose from either a standard menu or vegetable menu.  The menu is in both Danish and English. I chose the vegetable menu only because I really did not want the raw beef and oyster starter.

The place is small and is located in an inner northern neighborhood section of Copenhagen.  Reservations are recommended.  Fortunately, their website handles reservations (and can do so in English), so I managed to get a slot for a Friday night.  They put me at the counter, which weaves around the kitchen prep area, so I could watch the final assembly of dishes.

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