Why would someone prefer to eat Thai food in Denmark? That’s a really good question. One that also crossed my mind when I planned our itinerary for our visit to Copenhagen and came across Kiin Kiin. The answer is that Kiin Kiin is the only Thai restaurant in the world outside Thailand with a Michelin star. Since we’re not planning a visit to Thailand any time soon, and since I’m a really big fan of Thai food, Kiin Kiin duly made its way to our itinerary.
Studio is one of the three restaurants located at The Standard hotel, in the heart of Copenhagen, right by the harbor. The restaurant currently holds one Michelin star, which it earned only four months after opening in October 2013. Like most high end restaurant in Copenhagen, it has a connection to Noma. The head chef of Studio, Torsten Vildgaard, was a sous chef there and the head chef at its test kitchen for 8 years. Together with sous chef Bjarke von Holck, formerly of AOC, they strive to create a Nordic experience with influences from French and Japanese cuisines.
Couldn’t get a table at Noma? That’s OK, we couldn’t either. Luckily for us (and you, if you’re planning a visit to this lovely city) Copenhagen is full of other culinary gems. Many of those are even somehow connected to Noma and Radio is no exception. The masterminds behind Radio are Clause Meyer and Jesper Kirketerp. Meyer, among his other great achievements, opened Noma together with chef René Redzepi. Today he’s the proud owner of Radio, as well as the Michelin starred restaurant Studio, a vinegar brewery, a cooking school, Meyers Bageri and many other establishments.
Street food is an essential part of every foodie’s traveling itinerary. I was uber excited when I read that there’s a street food market with 35 food stalls, trucks and containers in Copenhagen. Plus it’s located on a tiny, lovely island. The island is named “the paper island” because the Procurement Association of the Danish Press used to store their paper there. Access to this island used to be difficult but not long ago a bridge was built, granting easy access from Nyhavn.