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Kvægtorvet

Listed under Restaurants in Odense, Denmark.

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Denmark's third-largest city of Odense is home to Kvægtorvet, a restaurant worthy of the 90-minute trip by train from Copenhagen. With its refreshingly playful take on classic fine dining, this table could very well be Red Guide material if only Michelin reviewed restaurants outside of the Danish capital. In contrast with its name (Kvægtorvet translates as “the cattle market” after the original function of the century-old edifice), the fully renovated establishment features a modern semi-open kitchen, contemporary art in the dining room, and a monthly-updated menu.

 Chef Klavs Styrbæk creates surprising dishes that bring together classic French and Italian haute cuisine techniques, up-to-the-minute exoticism, and Scandinavian produce sourced directly from local growers. Most recently, on the occasion of the release of the book Umami, which he co-authored with Ole Mouritzen, he illustrated the “fifth taste” in a special menu featuring crispy fried mackerel with tomato, purple and white asparagus, radish and white asparagus cream; green risotto with asparagus and shrimps, Morkel chicken essence, and parmesan shrimp crackers; and Matcha tea sorbet with tomato and rhubarb in coffee and white chocolate panna cotta with smoked muesli.

Dining at Kvægtorvet is a feast for the eye as much as for the palate; presentations are elevated to works of art with compositions that are precise, balanced, and highly inspired.

Denmark is not known for being cheap, but prices are kept reasonable at Kvægtorvet with three-course menus going for DKK 775, four-course menus for DKK 895, and five-course menus for DKK 995, including rare wines personally selected by the chef and always perfectly paired. 

Written by  Francoise Ohayon.

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