Restaurant Trio, the little sister of one of Copenhagen's most popular Michelin-starred restaurants, sits proudly atop the city, with one of the best views and incredible design surrounding it.
Eating our way around Copenhagen has been one of the best travel experiences we have had. From eating authentic Mexican street tacos to sitting dining at some of the world's most esteemed and notable restaurants, this city never disappoints our taste buds . Attracting some of the most talented chefs we’ve ever met, you can always expect the food options to be pretty extensive, delicious and always creative! So when we realized that one of our all time favorite restaurants AOC, had a little sister, Trio, that was making their debut, we had to visit.
Trio is the third restaurant from the AOC group and Michelin-starred chef Søren Selin's latest project. Søren’s fingerprints are obvious at both restaurants, thanks to the casually cool, yet ever so meticulous style which pervades them. Like AOC, Trio has a signature stylish design and decor, incredible chefs and an outstanding wine list. Head chef Simon Thrane puts extraordinary attention to detail in everything he does...just watching him plate our dishes was fascinating. He poured bread sauce over our monkfish slowly and with finely tuned purpose, so each bite would be exactly how he envisioned it...the perfect amount of sauce, crunch and fish.
While the design similarities with AOC were undeniable (chic-industrial) the actual building couldn’t have been more different. While the former is housed in a 17th century mansion, this one is on the tenth (and top) floor of Axel Towers – a strikingly modern building. Architecture enthusiasts will love the building, as it consists of five connected towers attractively clad in wood. It is a triumph of modern design, and a melody of sleek and unexpected curves – both inside and out.
It felt like the restaurant was a bit of an insiders secret. There isn't a sign to announce its presence to those walking past (at least not that we noticed), proving this is a place which can trade on reputation. Once you have identified the correct tower, you step into an elevator which takes you directly up to the restaurant. The doors open and you step into the dark, sexy and incredibly busy space.
This restaurant twists itself around the bends of the building and across two floors (the lower one being a bar). Some of the upstairs seating overlooks the lower floor thanks to the stylish mezzanine balcony arrangement they have created. The walls are concrete, and heavy curtains frame the windows which take up every possible inch of exterior space. Where you sit will determine what you see, but know there are sweeping city views on every side. Wooden floors and tables give the place a touch of class, and the soft glow of candles illuminate each one.
We went with the tasting menu, which they happily altered slightly to account for my pregnancy. The first course consisted of a medley of small bites to ease us into the meal. It included French oysters, herb stuffed beef tartare, a lobster roll with a fried bun, and then what can only be described as a grilled cheese sandwich with truffle cream cheese.
Next, things really got going as we were served a vegetable terrine, with thin slices of fermented apples, daikon and glass cabbage and a nice scoop of caviar on top, and mussel cream and dill sauce poured on top. One of our other favorite dishes, was the monkfish with bread sauce. This rich, savory dish was the highlight of our meal. The bread sauce added an unexpected and most welcome crunch to the dish, thanks to the diced apple and capers, and easy to scoop up with the celeriac puree, served alongside. Dessert was amazing, delicious and refreshing. First we were served thinly sliced pear with juniper ice cream and pear juice poured on top. This was followed by pickled blackberries with tarragon granita and salted caramel...amazing!
Chris was served wine with each course as the bartender made delicious mock cocktails for me. If you get the chance let Gobo, the head bartender, make a drink for you! His contagious smile will make you feel great...and it was the first time a bartender actually made me a mocktail that I didn't mind drinking
Building on the successes of AOC, Søren has transplanted his trademark style into Trio with aplomb. Trio exemplifies the forward thinking movement taking place in the Danish capital, and this even extends to its restrooms. Make sure you take a trip to the one closest to the window during your visit – you will be in for a surprise! Once again Copenhagen proves that it is one of the most exciting places to eat at the moment, and with our new base in Amsterdam we are excited to know that it just a short flight away.
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