Our first night in Copenhagen and dinner in a traditional Danish restaurant. What to expect? Det Lille Apotek, literally translated into The Little Chemist, is in the heart of the city just off the main shopping street. It’s a cute looking restaurant and one which you might just walk by. Don’t!
We booked a table and arrived to find the place busy and buzzing. It’s not your young fashionable crowd, but really is frequented by older locals. Not a bad thing at all.
The decor is interesting. It’s old and a little rustic. Don’t let this put you off. On the other hand it’s cosy and I can imagine being curled up in Det Lille Apotek on a winters evening with the snow quickly building around the windows. This place will certainly warm you up.
The staff are polite and friendly. They all speak English which is a plus given our Danish was limited. They’re a busy bunch but you can always get their attention.
The menu is simple. A handful of starters and main course dishes. There is a monthly set menu and they let you mix and match between the two which is great. There is also a small, but sufficient wine list.
We were shown through to a table in the second dining space. We had plenty of room and the table was plenty big enough. Our room was also full so lots of people to give the place atmosphere. They like their old tunes… plenty of soft rock and some 50′s classics. Actually I quite liked the music and it added to the atmosphere and overall experience.
After much consideration we decided to start with the grilled goats cheese salad and ‘fish bomb’, followed by the house roast pork and the pork schnitzel. We also ordered some tap water and a glass of wine.
I have to say, the house wine was delicious. So often you get a glass of paint stripper! This was the opposite and very very nice. Also the bread and butter were very good.
The starters arrived and looked good in that slightly rustic way. This is not fine dining so expect something a little more homemade. The goats cheese was beautifully grilled, nice and warm. A generous sized starter it hit the spot. The ‘fish bomb’ was a selection of raw fish fashioned into a dome like shape. It was really rather tasty and very good.
Next up the main course dishes and I have to say the absolute highlight of the meal and our evening. Firstly the roast pork. Served on a huge silver platter this was no ordinary roast pork, oh no! Three huge slices of tender, succulent roast pork with the best crackling I’ve ever tasted served with beautiful red cabbage, potatoes and a wonderful sauce. Out of this world. Literally the best roast pork I’ve ever had. Just so tender. And a huge serving for one! The pork schnitzel was also very very good. A huge piece of pork that was tender and succulent and just tasted amazing. Two huge portions, amazing value for money.
We were so full that we couldn’t fit in a pudding. But we did have a coffee and enjoyed the music for a little longer.
The bill came in at around 547 DSK / 78 Euros. Denmark is expensive wherever you eat, so this in comparison was actually good value.
We enjoyed Det Lille Apotek so much that we actually went back for lunch a few days later. This is an amazing little restaurant in the heart of Copenhagen and if you’re in town please do go and check it out. It’s comfort food and comforting. It’s always going to be one of those special little places for me. Two very enthusiastic and happy thumbs up.
Det Lille Apotek
1169 Kobenhaven K