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Brunch at Cafe Figo

A few weeks ago Michael and I started our quest for testing out brunch options in town. The next opportunity came up when one of my friends suggested we do something together over the weekend. Managing the previous plans of all the girls meant that we opted for a Sunday brunch. Selecting the place was a bit harder, but we opted for the latest Sunday brunch buffet in town at Cafe Figo, since none of us had been there before.

Unlike most of the other places, Cafe Figo wasn’t super busy. This meant that even if we hadn’t booked a table, they would have easily found space for our table of 7. This could be as this buffet is quite new and is not advertised at all on their website, so people probably are not as aware of it as they are of the others. There is, in fact, very little information out there about what this brunch consists of, so will try to give a bit of details here.

The selection here is not super huge. On the day we were there (which I expect to be common) there was: Salmon and prawns, Cheeses, Eggs and bacon and liver pate, yoghurt, muesli and jam, some fruit, cinnamon rolls and pancakes (with maple syrup and honey) and bread. The buffet area is quite small, but items were regularly replenished when finished.

My favourites item from the buffet was the salmon. In fact, I opted for a second helping of this, rather than to taste the cheese. For those who know me (and my cheese cravings), this is probably quite strange. The prawns that were served next to the salmon were also really good. The bread was surprisingly (and, maybe, unexpectedly, for some reason?) fresh. The sweet stuff was OK, and was the yoghurt and jam.

Verdict: Not a very wide selection of food, but some of the items (salmon and prawns) were very good. Other items were OK, but nothing to write home about. One of the main downsides of this buffet is probably its price. At 115DKK per person, this is more expensive than the others close by and, unlike the others, doesn’t include any drinks. This could possibly explain why the cafe was quite empty.

Thrill your tastebuds at Trillen

Trillen is the new lunch restaurant by Hotel Baltic in Horuphav. Opening on the 15th of January, it was perfect timing to try out for Michael’s birthday on the 20th.

Trillen Restaurant, Høruphav

The place interior is decorated similar to most Danish inns (kroer), hyggelig but dark. However, on the day we went there the sun was brightly shining outside and reflecting over the snow-white surroundings, making the restaurant nice and bright, unlike my experience of most such places. This made me a very happy Maltese guest!

The restaurant serves a traditional Danish lunch menu, mainly consisting of smorrebrod, or open sandwiches, with a number of other specialities. There were a lot of things that we would have loved to try but, of course, we had to limit ourselves! The waiters say that people typically order two pieces each, and that is what we did.

Smoked eel at Trillen, Høruphav

For our first round Michael tried the smoked eel and Ann the Gendarm salmon. I had never had eel before and for some reason I thought it would be much more fishy than it actually was. It was surprisingly delicate in taste. The Gendarm salmon was just as delicious. I particularly liked the combination of the smoked cheese and the salmon. They went together perfectly.

Gendarm Laks, Trillen

For the second round of dishes Michael went for the pot käse (pictured below) and Ann went for the old-days apple cake. Normally I would have a preference between dishes but these are two dishes that I would happily have eaten fully on my own (Note: the fact that I love cheese AND apple desserts definitely doesn’t hurt).

Pot käse at Trillen

The pot käse is a meld of cheeses that is served with plum jam and toasted rugbrod. It was quite strong in taste, so if you are not a cheese fan you may want to skip it. I loved it. The apple cake, on the other hand, is not what I would call a cake. Maybe more of a pudding. It consisted of apple compote over which whipped cream was layered and then sugared breadcrumbs sprinkled over. If I had read that description I may not have opted for it, since I love my doughs, but this was absolutely lovely.

apple cake

So would we visit again? If there is a special occasion, it would definitely be on our list of places to visit. The food was delicious, but the price is quite high. The quality of food was worth it, but probably not a regular Sunday (or especially weekday) lunch place.

Trillen is open everyday from 11:30 to 17:00. The restaurant is not in the main Hotel Baltic building but just opposite, maybe 50m from the main entrance.

(Inspector) Gadget

One of the things that fascinated me when I first started visiting Denmark was gadgets! There is a gadget for every imaginable action in the kitchen, often with a price tag for the design luxury, and a practicality that does not often match!

They fascinated me as I was often presented with them and had not an iota of a clue at what I should do with them! Luckily (or strangely?) for the gadget-ignoramus that I was, every house seems to have the exact same ones, so once shown you can be up and running in no time!

So I though I would look back into my previous blog and look back on my initial thoughts on four of the gadgets that fascinated me and perplexed me in equal measure.

The Cheese Cutter

Cheese cutter

Imagine me, the first time I came to Denmark and we sit down to eat, and I am told that since I am the guest, I start. I asked for cheese (unfortunately I matched it with ham!) and was given a piece of metal with a thin wire attached. I was baffled! What do I do with it?

This was, of course, a cheese cutter. However I am used to harder (often crumblier) cheese which we typically cut with a knife. I am proud to say that now I know how to hold it AND use it successfully. Considering my bad luck with knives, this is a good thing!

The Wine Pourer

A circular piece of foil, and a bottle of wine! What do you do? You roll it into a cylinder and introduce it into the mouth of the wine bottle. And voila! Easy pouring with no dripping (or so it should be). Best of all, I have been told? It can be dishwashed and reused!

The Tea Pot

Oh no! This is no ordinary tea pot. IT has a fancy lid that closes when you stop pouring, a zipper cover to keep it warm AND, of course, a system for not dripping. Trying not to drip and wiping if you do seems not to be a sufficient solution here! I remember being perplexed as to where the ‘open’ button or mechanism was. Little was I to know that this magically happened when you try and pour.

The Tin Opener

Can opener

I first read about this gadget in another blog a few weeks before I moved to Denmark. Imagine my surprise when Michael said that this was exactly what he has for us to use when we move to Denmark! As someone mentioned, it is a mystery metal shard that even in my wildest dreams wouldn’t have thought actually did anything. But it does open cans (albeit at a slow speed in my hands). And best of all? Unlike all the other stuff, it is decently priced!

Images: Wine Pourer from http://www.cookwareshop.co.uk; Tea Pot from http://www.inspiration.dk.