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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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Achtung, achtung!!

Our first day in Berlin needed to end with a typical German dinner to finish a great day. After a busy day being a tourist we chose to keep it simple and go to the hotel’s restaurant. We stayed in the Circus Hotel near Rosenthaler Platz and its restaurant offers German fayre with a twist. We were given a table by the window and a high chair was swiftly brought over for a baby. The service was warm and friendly, and we soon settled into what was a very comfortable and warm environment.IMG_3437

I’d had nothing to eat all day apart from an in flight sandwich so after a quick look at the menu we soon decided on schnitzel being the food of choice. Schnitzel from Dannenberger Pork, in a organic wholemeal crust with a warm potato and bacon salad and Spreewald gherkin. The Fabisch special schnitzel, topped with fruity ragu and grilled with cheese, served with a bacon and potato salad and pickled gherkin. To drink we ordered a German beer and glass of the house white wine. They gave us a little appetiser to begin with which I devoured very quickly, slices of bread stick from cream cheese, apple and ginger sounded very strange to me at first but as soon as I tasted it, I thought it was fabulous and something that you could whip up so easily at home too. The apple and ginger cut through the rich cream cheese really well and certainly made me wanted to taste more of their food.

Bread with cream cheese, apple and ginger.
Bread with cream cheese, apple and ginger.

Our main courses arrived not long after and look massive!!! My schnitzel, the Dannenberger Pork was delicious, exactly what I wanted from a very long day of travelling.

Schnitzel from Dannenberger Pork - in a organic wholemeal crust with warm potato and bacon salad and Spreewald gherkins.
Schnitzel from Dannenberger Pork – in an organic wholemeal crust with warm potato and bacon salad and Spreewald gherkins.

The wholemeal crust was really interesting, very tasty and gave it a fantastic texture on the outside of the neat, certainly much better than your usual breadcrumb!! The pork was lovely and moist and the potato salad was tasty and I could’ve eaten a load of it to be honest!!

The Fabisch Schnitzel Special was even bigger than mine.

Fibisch schnitzel special - topped with fruity paprika ragout and grilled with cheese, served with a bacon and potato salad and pickled gherkins.
Fibisch schnitzel special – topped with fruity paprika ragout and grilled with cheese, served with a bacon and potato salad and pickled gherkins.

Once again the schnitzel was delicious, the meat perfectly cooked and moist, it had a layer of mild cheese grilled on the top and a layer of vegetables in between. This seemed to help cut through the cheese and stopped it being too full on and heavy.

Even the child’s meal of fish fingers was enjoyed by our young diner, I’m a huge fan of fish fingers and was dying to have one, but was trying to be good and not steal a baby’s food!!!

Fish fingers with potato salad and salad leaves.
Fish fingers with potato salad and salad leaves.

Even though we had eaten a decent portion of food we still had room for a yummy dessert so we both went for the Apple strudel.

Apple strudel with almonds, nuts and caramelised apple slices.
Apple strudel with almonds, nuts and caramelised apple slices.

It was served warm with a really good custard and slices of apple. The strudel was so good, deeply filled and extremely tasty, I tried to be ladylike and take small chunks but it didn’t really happen and I just plunged my spoon in and tried to eat it as fast as possible!!! Probably very undignified but it was so good I couldn’t have cared less. Instead of having coffee or a dessert wine we enjoyed some of their yummy cocktails, my raspberry mojito was strong and really hit the spot, and the amaretto sour was also very good with a fantastic hit of almond!

Raspberry mojito.
Raspberry mojito
Amaretto sour.
Amaretto sour.

Dinner for 2 adults and a baby was around €75 without a tip so pretty good I think, definitely a good meal to end the first day of a Berlin adventure.

Fabisch Restaurant
Circus Hotel
Rosenthalerstraße 1
Berlin
00 49 (0) 30 2000 39 3460