Kødbyens Fiskebar, the brainchild of Anders Selmer (Restaurant manager and sommelier at noma for it’s first 5 years) is on a mission. It’s directive, the best seafood one can find, in a casual, inviting setting. Fortunately for all involved, he has found a man (who leads a team) to make it happen. Chef Jamie Lee’s creations here at Fiskebar travelled to me many months ago through some of my European friends who heard of my plans to visit, telling me I must go.
Unfortunately for me, I didn’t put two and two together until it was all too late. Chef Lee and I actually worked together briefly at maze by Gordon Ramsay in Melbourne, he as a sous chef and myself as a commis in pastry. It didn’t even occur to me until after I finished my meal and he had left for a private function that evening. Sorry chef!
I arrived for my lunch about half an hour early, so I was seated and enjoyed a beer while I looked over the lunch menu. My waitress strongly recommended the 3 course lunch menu, so I decided to take her up on the offer.
My first course was hand dived Norwegian scallops, with hazelnuts, black trumpets, plum and geranium. I love scallops and these were beautiful. A good serving, with beautiful balance from the garnishes (sweetness from the plums, nuttiness from the hazelnuts, earthiness from the trumpets) this was a definite winner for me!
My main course was Haddock, served with Jerusalem artichokes, kale, malt and fermented pear. The fish was perfect, and the accompanying garnishes made this dish a pleasure of flavours and texture.
An accompanying side of pearl barley, buckwheat, poppy seed, vesterhauscheese and chives was incredibly rich, but certainly delicious. I couldn’t have possibly eaten any more than the small portion given to me though.
Dessert was very interesting, Bolivian chocolate, sea buckthorn, honey and feuilletine. I loved this, the chocolate coming in the form of ice-cream, snd the other ingredients making up the parfait-esque element, with a lovely (lemon?) meringue sitting on top. A wonderfully interesting dish, it was a wonderful way to finish my lunch.
Fiskebar is a restaurant that delivers on it’s mission, wonderful seafood in a casual setting for a very reasonable price. Two strong thumbs up from me!
(This blog was contributed by the Two Bears’ good friend – who is also a chef – Alex)
Address: Flæsketorvet 100, 1711 København V, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tip! The set menus are a steal. OK, you don’t get to choose what you get, but in a talented chef’s hands, what does it matter? Lunch is 295DKK ($55AUD) for 3 courses, dinner is 600DKK ($120AUD) for 7 courses.