Category Archives: Restaurants

Madrid: La Cesta

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Madrid seems to been ages ago, but the city really conquered a place into my heart! The first night I booked a table at La Cesta and was already overwhelmed by happiness to see that the first table was available from 20.30 and the last table at 23.30! I found the restaurant after a review on the blog My Little Madrid and it specially attracted me because of their vision” “A creative menu, offering delicate, tasty, natural and uncomplicated dishes which avoid pretention and over-sophistication. Not divided into starters or main courses, and nothing over €20.” and to top it off because of their dream-team in the kitchen (two Michelin stars and three Repsol sun).

To be honest, when we arrived I wasn’t really impressed by their entrance, but luckily their main restaurant looked a lot better. Nice and colorful and with a table at 20.30 (which is late for both Dutch and Danish standards..) we were the first to arrive. This was a bit akward, but our stomachs definitely couldn’t wait any longer! We weren’t sure what to order, so we started with some starters and they were HEAVEN, pure HEAVEN. So we decided to go for the entire menu. This ended up to be a bit too much, but I can reassure you that every single bite we had was just amazing. Amazing food and amazing wine: what else can a girl ask for?

I can imagine that the restaurant is a bit more expensive for Spanish standards, but we paid around 130 euro for an amazing meal with a bunch of wine, so for Danish standards it was actually a “normal” price with outstanding food and wine. Oh yeah and before I forget: the service was also more than amazing, definite recommendation! Take me back to this place 😉

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With love,
-Janet

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PatéPaté: Slagterboderne 1

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PatéPaté is located in the hip and happening meatpacking district. You can visit the place for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just for a nice glass of wine at any time of the day. They serve food inspired from France, Spain and Morocco and overall it is a really laid-back restaurant with good food. The restaurant turns into a bar at night, but unlike most other places in the meatpacking district, there is more life performance than canned beer, so you don’t have to expect any drunk 16 year olds.

I visited the restaurant a couple of months ago (shame on me, to only blog about it now) and was really impressed how cosy the place is without being pretentious. While I love myself some Danish Design and Scandinavian minimalism, sometimes I just want a no-nonsense place with good wine and amazing food and PatéPaté is a place like that. Price wise you get a good deal, with main courses around 25 euro, but almost more importantly it is a place where you can sit for hours with friends and philosophize about life.

Seeing these pictures, I really mis Summer, and being able to make pictures without flash at 8/9 in the evening.

As always, don’t forget to make a reservation, but if you don’t manage to find a table PatéPaté is part of a “chain” (see: website). They also have a couple of really cosy wine bars, I can also highly recommend Bibendum at Nansensgade!

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With love,
-Janet

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Ida Davidsen – Store Kongensgade 70

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The draft-box is filled with pictures without stories of amazing restaurants that I have been visiting over the last couple of months. I do appreciate my eating out way too much, if you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen hard proof of that.

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These pictures, even though there are only a couple, have been waiting a while for some additional words. Ida Davidson is known for her traditional Smørrebrød and I have passed by her restaurant a good bunch of times, without ever going in. Somehow the restaurant is not really appealing from the outside and on top of that, they are closed in the weekend. However, when my sister and brother from another mother were in town I wanted to show them some traditional food.

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And we all LOVED the food, the place is nothing fancy. It sure is cosy, but it is a place where you go for the food. Under this pile of heavenly steak tartar is a piece of rybread hidden and all the ingredient are fresh and tasty. When you enter the restaurant, you’re being welcomed by a whole counter filled with different kinds of smørrebrød (which thinking of it, I should have made a picture of).

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I honestly get hungry again from seeing these pictures. Ida Davidson is a great recommendation if you want to try some traditional Danish food, only minor critique is that the place is pretty expensive. The dishes are somewhere between 10 and 20 euro’s, so with a big group (or your lover) it can be an expensive lunch! However, when in Rome, do as the Romans do…

With love,
-Janet

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Paris: Au Passage

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I like food, no I love food. I can eat all day long and there’s always some space for more. So when we were in Paris I actually didn’t have any shopping plans, but was longing for oysters, steak tartare and nice glasses of wine.

And we sure found all of these in Paris’ best kept secret: Au Passage. Au Passage is a typical petite restaurant hidden in a side street of the 3rd arrondissement. It is so hidden, that I actually don’t think you’d ever bump into it without actually looking for it. But it is sure worth searching for!

The boyfriend and I had our best meal ever here (honestly, I dream about this place, it was THAT nice)! They serve small plates to share, which means that you can try a lot of different dishes (and I LOVE this! The more the merrier..) and they serve amazing wine without trying to sell the most expensive bottle. Our waiter actually advised the cheapest bottle of white wine because he fell in love with it and so did we. In general, the staff extremely cool and helpful and everybody spoke well English. But best of all: the restaurant is really really affordable. We ordered 2 glasses of champagne, a bottle of wine, 2 dessert wines, 2 more drinks (yes, we might be alcoholics) and 7 small dishes and we only paid 100 euro (which is really really cheap compared to Danish standards).

In the youtube clip you can see what we ate, they have a lot of seafood (love it!) and while the chef is from New Zealand the food is prepared in a traditional French style. How I miss Paris…

If you’re planning to go to Paris, you definitely have to book a table at Au Passage! Forgot to book a table? After 21.30 they often have some tables free again.

Au Passage
1b Passage Saint-Sébastien
+33 1 43 55 07 52

With love,
-Janet

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Tip for Dutch Foodies

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For all the (Dutch) foodies out there: there’s a great issue this month of the Dutch version of Jamie magazine with a special city guide of Copenhagen. I actually like most of the restaurants mentioned in it and some of them I didn’t even knew yet! On top of all that, the pictures are amazing!

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With love,
-Janet

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