Grød is one of the most popular breakfast spots in Copenhagen. What’s so special about Grød that makes it so successful? They are the world’s first porridge bar! Yes, you read that right, porridge. Their mission is to “redefine porridge, and to show the world that porridge can be delicious, delicate and versatile”. The first porridge bar was opened on Jægersborggade, in the heart of Nørrebro, and they have since expanded to 3 more spots in Copenhagen.
We visited their Torvehallerne food market location, as it was conveniently located minutes from our lovely Airbnb apartment. We got there pretty early so the rest of the stalls in the market were still closed, however, Grød was packed full of people. Some were sitting at the small bar, some grabbed a seat in the tables surrounding it, and some ordered take away.
Let’s face it – porridge has a bad reputation. Historically it has long been considered a sign of poverty. In some places in the world it is considered a meal suited for children and elders without teeth. If you ask me, turning the grey gooey, 32,000 years old, dish into something chic is a hard task. I think Grød deserves a star for this accomplishment alone.
The menu at Grød is divided into 4 sections: morning (served between 7:30-17:00), lunch (served between 11:00 and 17:00), evening (served between 17:00-21:00) and drinks. In the morning section you can find many variations of porridge (40 kr. – 75 kr. / $6 – $11 / 22.5₪ – 42₪) and many variations of toppings if you want to make your own. For lunch they offer dishes from all across the globe such as risotto, congee (asian rice pudding) and daal. In the evening they serve the same dishes from lunch as well as a cabbage salad and deep fried risotto.
Everything on the morning menu looked delicious to me so I asked for help from the friendly porridge-tress(?… porridge-ta?). She recommended Oat Porridge 2 (45 kr. / $6.5 / 25₪) which is based on water and whole milk. The toppings, apple and vanilla compote, skyr (Icelandic yogurt) and 3 grain granola, were provided in generous portions.
The porridge was great and all the ingredients felt fresh. However I still got bored pretty quickly. Porridge is somewhat neutral in flavor which is why I like adding bold flavors to it. In retrospect I feel like I should have gone with the Acai-Chia Porridge, as it includes lots of fresh fruits such as banana and strawberries, and other goodies like roasted nuts and peanut butter.
To drink I ordered Matcha Latte (40 kr. / $5 / 22.5₪) which cost as much as at the porridge bowl, but to be fair there was much of it in the huge mug.
If you plan a visit to Grød you’ll be glad to know that:
- They have a conveniently located bar inside the Torvehallerne food market, which you’ll probably be visiting anyhow if you’re a foodie.
- They are open all week long, including Sunday and Monday.
- If you’re an early bird you know how hard it is to find something to grab early in the morning but fear not – Grød is open from 7:30 on Monday-Friday.
- They have an English version of their cookbook.
- Goldilocks was wrong, she should have gone with the large bowl and not the medium.