A visit at Ida
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There are few things in Denmark that are more iconic than Danish ”smørrebrød” and today I had the honor of being served by the Danish ”smørrebrød” icon, Ida Davidsen. Since 1974, she has run the Restaurant Ida Davidsen at St. Kongensgade 70. Here she together with her husband and the restaurant personnel, carry on the 100 years old unbroken family tradition of quality and Danish food culture.
If you want taste something totally different and quite exaggerated you have to come here. It is best to book a table in advance but you might be lucky to get a table by just walking in. The restaurant is not as cozy as many of the other Danish lunch restaurants that have specialized in ”smørrebrød”, but it has its charm and especially if Ida Davidsen is present to explain the different creations that you can choose from.
The ”smørrebrød” creations are mind blowing if you like me is a keen foodie. When Ida explained the different ”smørrebrød” that was on display me eyes wanted them all but from experience I know my limit is 3 pieces. All the pieces have names and most of them from royalty persons or nationally famed Danish actors or entertainers. One of the ones that I had today was a Victor Borge. Today I managed to enjoy 3 of her creations; a salmon, smoked eel tartar and a steak tartar with raw oysters and caviar.
Over the last many years Ida Davidsen has been an ambassador of ”smørrebrød” and made this kind of Danish gastronomy known and loved outside the Danish borders.