Restaurants & Bars 2

era-ora in Denmark

mdibiaso | Oct 27, 2004 07:47 AM

Era Ora is located in the canal area of Copenhagen. It is not easy to find, even the taxi got lost. Inside there is a comfortable bar adjacent to the dining area which probably hold no more than 50 people. There is a lot of gold decorating the inside including a large gold disk on one whole. A very nice gold disk on the outside is lit up by a spotlight and looks almost like the moon at night. Like most places in Copenhagen the atmosphere is very relaxed with a mix of business dinners, turists, groups of friends and a few couples. On this Tueday night in late August it was only half full. They offer a preset menu of many small dishes each night. The only option to this is going 100 vegetarian. So when you sit down you get the menu listing what you will be eating and a nice glass of non vintage Franciacorta Brut.

However there are more options for wine. There is first a suggested wine menu to match the foods that includes 7 wines in addition to the aperitif. And the wine list is quite expansive with what seemed like a lot of great bottles (I am not an expert on Italian wines). The wine list is online at www.era-ora.dk I chose the wine menu plus an extra half bottle of Barbaresco. I let the sommelier choose, suggesting that I wanted to try an older bottle. I have lost the notes but it was a very nice bottle somewhat reminiscent of older Burgundy with wonderful, deep aromas and lighter, earthier flavor.

The food started off with some nice olives and then moved into 10 small antipasti that came out 2 or 3 at a time. They included scampi on fennel and kumquats, halibut with melon and chili, monk fish with eggplant and tomato, polpettine of spinach over sweet peppers, borlotti bean soup with barley salad (these were cold and served with Viannae 1997 from Friuli). The 5 warm ones were lamb file with grilled leek, carpaccino with string beans and squash, melanzane with fried basil, veal sweetbreads with balsamico sauce and vegetable balls (pappa) with tomato sauce. These were served with Cabernet Rive Rosse 1996.

The primi piatti were lasagnetta with mussels and tomato sauce and light rabbit broth. These were served with Cervaro Della Sala 1999.

Secondi Piatti, dorata with prunes, chili and spring onions (Monte Ceriani 2000) and quail over Swiss chard with chanterelles (Nebbiolo d’Alba 1993 and my half bottle of Barbaresco).

Then came a selection of cheeses and Capitello 1995.

The desserts were a semifreddo of strawberry and macedonia and “Spuma” of apricot. Wine, Due Cuori 2000.

The service was very friendly and helpful and the timing was appropriate for a single diner without any long waits. Overall the food was quite good with some dishes definately better than others (bean soup, sweetbreads, lasagnetta, dorata) and strived to be significantly more authentic then normal Italian cuisine in the Nordics. There are a lot of dishes and unfortunately the standard tomato sauce showed up in a few to many and in some were I do not think it made 100% sense. My guess is the kitchen is somewhat overextending itself with such a large number of courses for each diner and reuses some components in order to save time.

If you are in Copenhagen and want some Italian food and nice wines this is probably the best Italian place in all of the Nordic countries. It is fitting for both a romantic dinner and a business meal.

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