Strangas is a dessert boutique owned by the Greek pastry chef Nikolaous Strangas. Previously he worked at the Hilton Hotel in Copenhagen followed by the Italian-inspired Michelin restaurant Era Ora. A Greek entering an Italian restaurant in Denmark – sounds like a beginning of a joke, eh? Strangas’ pastry skills, however, are no laughing matter.
Pastries are a common sight in Copenhagen. In fact, it seems like Copenhageners in general know how to make a damn good pastry. Still, patisseries specializing in cakes and other colorful baked goods are not as common. Nikolaous Strangas noticed this and took it upon himself to fill in the void.
The place was just a few minutes walk from our Airbnb apartment, allowing us to start there on one of our mornings. It’s not too large on the inside. The front sports a display with mouthwatering desserts, a few tables and a bar overlooking the street. It also holds a small room with some more confectionary and pastry ingredients for purchase, as well as Strangas’ own cookbook. In the back is where all the magic happens – you can peek into the kitchen too see the staff at work churning out those pretty sweets.
We chose to sit inside however another great option is to order some pastries and sit by the lake close by, watch the swans and the boats and simply enjoy the weather.
Strangas really has something for everyone – whether you’re a chocoholic or if you prefer your dessert less sweet and more acidic/fruity. If you’re not a big fan of mousse – you can pick from the pastries and macarons selection.
I was feeling like something light and eyeing the strawberry cake, but luckily I was warned that it was actually quite heavy in flavor. After drooling on all the exquisite cakes in the display counter, and with the kind help and direction of Strangas himself I came to a decision and ordered the Passion cake – white chocolate and passion fruit (55 kr. / $8 / 31₪).
It was a fabulous choice Indeed – the cake was very light, not overly sweet and perfect for passion fruit lovers. The chocolate on top was amazing as well.
We had to try one of the pastries as well and ordered a seasonal one – Apples vanilla and marzipan pastry (25 kr. / $3.5 / 14₪). It was a little too dense for my liking but Opher thought it was outstanding and enjoyed every bite.
We also had two cups of an OK Cappuccino (each 30 kr. / $4.5 / 17₪) (Which isn’t saying much – almost every cup of coffee we had in Copenhagen was mediocre at best).
When I finished my cake I still had room for a small dessert (you know, the dessert for the dessert) so I chose the Salted caramel macaron (19 kr. / $3 / 11₪). It was perfect! It had a ton of filling and the texture of the cookie itself was spot on. They have many other flavors of macarons such as licorice, lemon and violet, strawberry and basil, chocolate and passion fruit.
We enjoyed every moment in Strangas – from the very warm and welcoming service to the quiet and relaxed atmosphere and of course the tasty sweets.
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