Tight, Copenhagen, by guest blogger Lucy Reynolds

After failing to gain a cancellation table at Noma, and also living off fresh air and water due to the extortionate prices in Copenhagen, we decided to treat ourselves to a fancy meal on our last night in Denmark, and Tight had been recommended highly.

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We had to wait a while for a table but the lovely Canadian waiter got us some drinks to keep us occupied and we gazed around the quirky restaurant. From reading Trip Advisor reviews , this little gem of a place seems to be constantly busy, catering for trendy Copenhageners who seemed to be auditioning for a Gap advert – there were more beards than at a Mumford and Sons lookalike contest!
We were quickly whisked through to a small back room which had low lighting and large wooden barrels which acted as tables. The serving staff were incredibly friendly and accommodating and brought our menus and drinks very quickly – a great start in my eyes.

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The menu held many delights, but due to my current obsession with shellfish, I opted for Mussels ‘sauce poulette’ and my friend plumped for Pierre’s Foie Gras.

The mussels arrived, all steaming with potential deliciousness and didn’t disappoint. In my eyes, the deal breaker for mussels is always in the cooking liquor. These mussels were steeped in a gorgeous broth of creamy white wine with a lovely hint of garlic and chilli that didn’t over power but really gave a kick to the taste buds. The bread was brioche-like with lovely pockets of sea salt baked into the crust that made dipping it into the sauce a real treat.

White wine steamed mussels, cream, parsley, garlic, carrots with a hint of chilli, aoli and toasted bread
White wine steamed mussels, cream, parsley, garlic, carrots with a hint of chilli, aoli and toasted bread

My friend’s Foie Gras was presented beautifully and had a really rustic taste too. With a smear of port wine jelly to add a piquancy to the dish, it was delicious served with the freshly baked bread that accompanied it. More like a terrine, it was potted with butter and balsamic glaze which lifted it above the often run of the mill pâtés.

Unique homemade foie gras served with portwine jelly and toasted bread
Unique homemade foie gras served with portwine jelly and toasted bread

For mains, we decided to go for the pork schnitzel Deluxe and the French duck confit. My friend had the pork and it was that good that I didn’t even get a look in – he seemed to inhale it in a matter of minutes! He was served three incredibly tender medallions of pork, rolled in mustard, parsley and honey crumb and served with a potato gratin and rich ratatouille. The flavours were perfectly balanced and brought out the natural sweetness of the pork – a surprisingly light yet immensely satisfying dish.

Three danish pork tenderloin medallions encrusted with parsley parmasen, mustard and honey - served with potatoes gratin and homemade ratatouille
Three danish pork tenderloin medallions encrusted with parsley parmasen, mustard and honey – served with potatoes gratin and homemade ratatouille

The confit duck was gloriously crispy and tender – every bite felt like you could feel your arteries furring up but it didn’t matter – the taste was amazing. It was served with pink pickled onions, creamy mashed potato and a sharp spinach and citrus reduction salad. The onions were a lovely addition to the duck but I did find the citrus salad a little too sharp for my palate. I could see the need for a palate cleanser but the orange sauce was just too bitter to complement the sweet onion and duck. However, aside from the small niggle, the potatoes were wondrously buttery and the whole dish felt incredibly indulgent.

Crispy duck confit served with caramelized red onions, homemade potato mash, seasonal greens and salad
Crispy duck confit served with caramelized red onions, homemade potato mash, seasonal greens and salad

We didn’t sample the desserts – we were already on a budget and very full from our two courses. Copenhagen, whilst extortionate, is full of amazing food and Tight is a perfect example of it. Friendly, tasty and vibrant, Tight is actually great value in a very expensive but beautiful city. Highly recommended!

Hyskenstræde 10
1207 Copenhagen
Denmark
+45 33 11 09 00

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