Michelin-starred chef Søren Selin opens Restaurant Trio, a hidden gem that boasts some of the best views & dining in Copenhagen.
Eating our way around Copenhagen has been one of the best travel experiences we have had. From eating authentic Mexican street tacos to 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, Trio always has delicious and creative options! So when we realized that one of our all time favorite restaurants, AOC, had a little sister, Trio, that was making its 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 that pervades them. Like AOC, Trio has a signature stylish design and decor, incredible chefs and an outstanding wine list. Head chef Simon Thrane pays extraordinary attention to detail in everything he does...just watching him plate our dishes was fascinating. The highlight of our meal was the rich and savory monkfish with bread sauce that Chef Thrane personally prepared. 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 balance of sauce, crunch and fish. The bread sauce added an unexpected and most welcome crunch to the dish, thanks to the diced apple and capers, and it was easy to scoop up with the celeriac puree served alongside.
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.
The restaurant feels like an insider' secret. Without a sign denoting its presence, it feels like a hole in the wall, hidden away in one of the Axel towers. You know this restaurant runs on trade reputation. Once you have identified the correct tower, an elevator takes you directly up to the restaurant. The doors open and to a dark and sexy atmosphere, abuzz with wait stuff and patrons.
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 a stylish mezzanine balcony. The walls are concrete and heavy curtains frame the windows that extend to all of the 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 table.
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.
Our second course was piquant. Our waiter served us vegetable terrine, with thin slices of fermented apples, daikon and glass cabbage with a nice scoop of caviar on top, and mussel cream and dill sauce poured over it. Dessert was delicious and refreshing. First we enjoyed thinly sliced pear with juniper ice cream and pear juice poured on top. Pickled blackberries with tarragon granita and salted caramel followed...amazing!
Waiters served Chris 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 contemporary Danish taste and style. The designers have carefully planned each aspect of the restaurant-- right down to the bathrooms. 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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