Yesterday my husband and I visited The King of Denmark, which is actually a limited time culinary experience at one of Toronto’s Latin tapas restaurants, Cava. We visited Cava a few years ago and enjoyed it, so when I heard about The King of Denmark at their restaurant, I knew we had to try it.
You can visit their website to read the details about the “culinary installation” , but to summarize, their top chefs have taken both basic and wild ingredients from all over Canada to re-invent the Danish open-faced sandwich tradition– smørrebrød.
We began our meal with the lobster salad which was accompanied by mâche, fresh fava beans, and a rhubarb gastrique. The presentation was beautiful and the flavours were even better. The warm vegetables were a pleasant contrast to the cold lobster.
Then we chose a variety of three very different smørrebrød! The first two that we were served were the roasted beets smørrebrød with kale-walnut pesto and house-made smoked cheese, along with the rare roast beef and potted pork smørrebrød with peppercress, pickled red onions, and cloudberry mustard. They were both bursting with flavour and artfully prepared with such exquisite ingredients. Each smørrebrød was accompanied by a side of marinated cucumbers, which were delicious for such a simple dish.
These two smørrebrød were both cold, so next we tried the warm pan-roasted hake (pictured above) with soccarat, braised endive, and grated jamon. All the smørrebrød are served on organic rye bread, except this one which is served on soccarat– the crust that forms on the bottom of the pan when cooking rice. It was perfectly crispy and just my kind of thing!
We also had the house-made pub cider and hibiscus & cinnamon akvavit. For dessert was the honey & skyr semifreddo with wild blueberry reduction, toasted oats, dried cranberries, and a delicious nut meringue cookie. Skyr is an Icelandic cultured dairy product, similar to yogurt or kefir. We want to try to re-create this dessert because it was so delicious!
In lieu of mints or candies, they finish off your meal with complimentary Danish butter cookies. There are only two weeks left (it ends on June 23), but if you have the opportunity, you should try it out! It is definitely pricey for the full experience, but look at it this way: it is much cheaper than a plane ticket (or two!) to Denmark, and the experience is very authentic!