An evening with Arne Jacobsen

June 6th, 2009


On Wednesday we had a date at the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel designed in 1960 by the great Arne Jacobsen.


Before the trip I tried to make an online reservation at the Scandinavian fusion restaurant Alberto K, located on the top floor of the Royal Hotel, but it was completely booked. When we went to visit the hotel, we asked if they had a table available and thanks to the recession there was.


The view of Copenhagen from our table, all the roof tops are orange and green (which would of course be copper turned green by the elements).


Most of the serving ware was designed by Arne Jacobsen, right down to his famous cutlery for Georg Jensen.


The king crab dish was presented with a glass dome that they had filled with smoke, that we could see swirling around when they placed the plate before us. I never appreciated how important food presentation was, (not to mention that great smokey flavour) and it seemed like they did something interesting with every plate.



Deer with shaved truffle.


We shared a cheese plate, with garnishes such as orange rind and pickeled mini peaches (that tasted nothing like mini peaches – I have a feeling it may have been a language barrier thing).


This desert was presnted to us with bits of fruit that were frozen in dry ice.


Then we got another desert we weren’t expecting, which made us panic a bit, thinking they may have thought we ordered the 6 course meal instead of 4. This dinner blew the Copenhagen budget, but it was well worth it.


Photos of Suite 606 after the jump!


On our way to suite 606.


Suite 606 is the last surviving interior of the Royal Hotel, giving a snap shot of how the hotel looked in the 1960s.


Flip top makeup table with hidden lights,  and 2 extremely rare Jacobsen side chairs. All the art in the room was choosen by Arne Jacobsen.


The colours were amazing, grey and blue-green which were very popular in the Scandinavian modernist movement.


Attention to detail, they even kept the orginal air conditioner.



The very impressive lobby of the Raddisson SAS, complete with leather Egg and Swan chairs.


The amount of PH lights in Copenhagen is ridiculous.


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