This is the beautiful Väkst restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since the huge success of Noma and other headliners, Copenhagen is now probably the foodie capital of the Nordics, and one of the most renowned gastronomic centres in Europe. This trendy restaurant in the centre of the city is a great addition to the burgeoning list of destination eateries. 'Väkst' means 'plant' in Danish, and its easy to see why the restaurant took that name! The industrial chic of bare concrete walls and tiled floors is softened by hundreds of indoor plant pots, mainly in terracotta, bringing the garden into an undeniably urban environment.
Nordique had the pleasure of visiting Väkst recently, and the design of the restaurant is the first thing that is noticed. It really works well, creating a bold and chic but still homely atmosphere, particularly when the multitude of candles are lit as the evening progresses.
The food also does not disappoint! Based on concepts of fresh, woodland-based, foraged ingredients, there is an emphasis on seasonal and beautifully prepared dishes which are grown up and sophisticated, but not overly complicated. Presentation is also superb - Nordique in particular loved the way the home-baked bread was presented on straw in a clay bowl, in a really rustic, homely way.
At the centre of the restaurant is a large conservatory, filled with more houseplants. An impressive and unique centrepiece to the restaurant.
Beautifully presented, fresh, seasonal food - truly in keeping with the modern Danish cooking principles that are becoming so widely followed and respected.
Simple but highly effective interior design really adds to the dining experience.
The restaurant has a three course set menu on an evening, with a la carte options, and a really varied and interesting wine list to match!
Sankt Peders Stræde 34 · 1453 København K · +45 3841 2727
Photography by: Chris Tonnesen