During recent years Copenhagen has gained reputation as one of the leading food capitals of the world. There’s plenty of restaurants to choose from in the city (15 Michelins to be exact), and one of my absolute favorites is Marchal, which is located at the historical Hotel d’Angleterre. Chef Ronnie Emborg and his team deliver a sophisticated medley of modern and French cuisine served in one of the most elegant venues in Copenhagen. Here’s my review.
The presence of history
You can’t miss Marchal. It’s located in the very heart of Copenhagen (Kongens Nytorv) and it’s a real eye-catcher. The interior is dominated by deep, warm colors and glass, through which you can look straight to the city center. Well, at least a part of it. It’s the perfect spot for people watching and it has been for more than two centuries. On the very same spot where Marchal is located today, the restaurant couple Mr. and Mrs. Marchal re-established their restaurant called ‘The Strong Man’s Garden’ in the middle of the 18th Century. So with a little luck guests might feel the presence of history while enjoying their dinner in the high-ceilinged rooms.
Nordic meets French
Marchal offers a fixed A La Carte-menu and a seasonal menu, which is adjusted to the Nordic kitchen. Courses such as poached oysters, chateubriand and confit of duck marks a clear parallel to the French kitchen, but the Nordic influences can’t be denied. In the food as well as in the interior.
On this particular evening I chose to try out the chef’s spontaneous “Autumn menu” consisting of seven different courses – primarily meat paired with seasonal garnish and vegetables. A generous selection of red wines (both European and overseas) accompanied each course, and I ended up having more glasses on the table than I could finish.
The experience at Marchal was all-round sublime. The restaurant should be included in your to-do-list if you’re in Copenhagen as it combines both a high level of gastronomy with elegance and history. And while you’re at it, pop by Balthazar Champagne Bar next door for a glass either before or after dinner.
For more information about Marchal go to www.marchal.dk.