Aarhus gets its long-awaited Michelin stars

Aarhus often lives in the shadows of Copenhagen, but Denmark’s second-largest city no longer has to take a back seat when it comes to its food scene.

Aarhus gets its long-awaited Michelin stars
Chefs William Jørgensen (left) and Søren Jakobsen (right) from the Aarhus restaurant Gastromé celebrate their Michelin star Thursday. Photo: Brian Rasmussen/Scanpix
Three Aarhus restaurants were given Michelin stars Thursday as the first ever Michelin Nordic Cities guide was presented in Stockholm. 
The Aarhus restaurants Frederikshøj, Gastromé and Restaurant Substans were all granted one star from the venerable French guide. 
“We have some of Denmark’s best chefs in Aarhus, who really deserve the recognition. It will have a huge impact on tourism that the city’s gastronomic level has now been given the stamp of approval from the ultimate food bible – especially in the run-up to 2017, when Aarhus is the European Capital of Culture and many potential international guests will turn their attention to the city,” Peer Kristensen, the head of the tourist organization Visit Aarhus, said in a statement. 
Of course, Copenhagen – which has the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the Nordics – wasn’t left out. 
Noma, which for four of the past five years has laid claim to the title of the world’s best restaurant, was once again granted two stars, as were Geranium and a|o|c. Twelve Copenhagen restaurants were given one Michelin star. 
An additional twelve restaurants in Copenhagen and two in Aarhus were given Michelin’s ‘Bib Gourmand’ distinction, which goes to restaurants that offer “exceptionally good food at moderate prices”. 
The new Michelin Nordic Cities guide marks the first time that the famed guide has included cities from outside of the Nordic capitals. Next door in Sweden, three restaurants in Malmö where given a Michelin star, including Bloom in the Park. The restaurant's head chef, Titti Qvarnström, spoke to The Local Sweden about being the first female chef to claim a Michelin
The full list of Danish Michelin stars is as follows:
Two stars:
Noma, Copenhagen
Geranium, Copenhagen
a|o|c, Copenhagen (first-time winner)
One star (Copenhagen):
Den Røde Cottage
Era Ora
formel B
Grønbech & Churchill
Kiin Kiin
Søllerød Kro
Studio at the Standard
One star (Aarhus)
Frederikshøj (first-time winner)
Gastromé (first-time winner)
Substans (first-time winner)
Bib Gourmand (Copenhagen)
Frederiks Have
Kødbyens Fiskebar
Marv & Ben
Bib Gourmand (Aarhus)

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Danish Michelin restaurant Noma to open burger bar after pop-up success

Two-starred Michelin restaurant Noma is to open a burger bar in Copenhagen's Christianshavn neighbourhood.

Danish Michelin restaurant Noma to open burger bar after pop-up success
The team at Noma's new burger bar counterpart, Popl. Photo: Popl

The famous Danish restaurant ran a pop-up burger bar earlier this year, after its normal operations were closed down due to coronavirus restrictions. The concept was popular and is now returning for good.

The burger bar, Popl, is pitched as a burger restaurant with a simple menu, inspired by Noma’s pop-up from the summer. The name comes from the Latin, populus, meaning people.

The restaurant’s owner, René Redzepi, told newspaper Politiken that the initial expectation of 300 customers per day for the pop-up burger bar was increased to 1,200 at the last moment.

“We realised how fantastic it was to make something for everyone,” Redzepi said.

The permanent restaurant will have seating as well as offer takeaway, with meat, vegetarian and vegan offerings on the menu.

“Fine dining and Michelin felt a bit dated and wrong once we were able to re-open [after coronavirus lockdown, ed.]. We wanted to make something for everyone. And what does everyone like? Burgers,” the head chef and restaurant owner told Politiken.

The new restaurant will be located at Strandgade 108, the former home of Restaurant 108, which closed this year. It will be staffed by “Noma veterans (from) both front and back of house,” the new restaurant said in a press release.

“This year we have faced some of the biggest challenges ever in our seventeen years of operating Noma, dealing with the effects of the pandemic both at the restaurant and sadly the resulting closure of Restaurant 108, but it also came with a few major highlights. Above all, our summer burger season, when our doors were open for everyone to stop by,” Popl’s statement also read.

The new burger bar is scheduled to open on December 3rd.

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