Food & Drink
Aalborg - experience lots of great food
“I want to give visitors a small part of Aalborg when they eat with us,” says Morten Nielsen, who runs Mortens Kro, one of the most luxurious gourmet restaurants in the city. Nielsen is a winner of Danish Chef of the Year and has appeared on a number of foodie TV shows. At his restaurant, in-house smoked salmon is carved at the table, fresh truffles are grated and champagne is served from the best cellars. The best dish is a risotto with Danish pearl barley, vesterhavsost cheese and flambéed crayfish.
In Mariager, just over an hour south of Aalborg, lies Falslevgård farm, a center specializing in organic flour, produced from endangered varieties such as spelt, Öland wheat, emmer, einkorn and rye, all stone-ground in the farm’s own mill. The farm also offers courses in sourdough baking.
Hadsundvej 112, Mariager
A must for chocoholics. The small shop is located next to the train station and attracts customers with handmade praline chocolates, marzipan rolls and other chocolaty goodies. Don’t miss the flødeboller (chocolate-coated marshmallows.) These delicacies were crowned winners when Danish food magazine Mad & Venner taste-tested 10 different marshmallow treats.
John F Kennedy Plads 3A
A restaurant, microbrewery and pub rolled into one in the heart of Aalborg. The pub offers 24 different kinds of beer on tap and is decorated with furnishings recovered from a disused British church. The restaurant menu features rustic “pub grub” including a beer stew containing beef, chorizo sausage and vegetables. The large outdoor serving area is the perfect place to rest your feet after sightseeing in Aalborg.
C. W. Obels Plads 1a
A genuine smørrebrød restaurant named after Isidor Henius, considered to be the father of Danish akvavit distilling. On the menu are classic open sandwiches such as pan-fried plaice with homemade remoulade or fresh shrimp, egg and mayonnaise, all served with locally-brewed beer and schnapps. During the summer, the small outdoor terrace is a great place for a traditional Danish welcome.
One of top gourmet restaurants in North Jutland, offering langoustines from Limfjorden, seasonal vegetables from Egholm and other carefully selected ingredients from the area. The interior of the restaurant is modern rustic – think exposed brick walls, decorated with meat cut drawings and animal horns. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, diners can enjoy a fixed five-course menu with wine for DKr 750, or a six-course menu with wine on Fridays and Saturdays for DKr 1,250. They also offer smaller menu packages.
Salt and lobster on Læsø
Læsø, located off the northeast coast of Jutland, is an island of gourmet treats. It is home to the coveted langoustine (known as jomfruhummer in the local dialect), which is amongst the most delicious seafood in Denmark. T hey are celebrated with an annual festival held in Østerby harbor, taking place this year on August 5. Læsø is also famous for its sea salt. At Læsø Saltsyderi, visitors can learn more about the manufacturing process and have a go at producing their own salt. There is also a pancake café, offering pancakes made to an old local recipe.
Landmad can be described as an urban farm shop, a grocery store that brings together several small-scale food producers, right in the heart of the city. Here, you’ll find finely-crafted foods from all over Denmark, such as liquoriceflavored honey from North Jutland as well as a pleasant café with local specialities.
Ruths Hotel, Skagen
A five-star spa hotel located next to the dunes in Skagen, just over an hour north of Aalborg. An unbeatable choice for discerning palates – the hotel has both an exquisite French brasserie (we ate a lovely catch of the day with mashed potatoes and beurre blanc here), and, on weekends, a fine dining restaurant that belongs to the top tier of Danish gastronomy. Breakfast is also a highlight, with delicate egg dishes cooked to order.
Denmark is now home to several vineyards that produce impressive wines. One of them is Guldbæk, 20km south of Aalborg. The estate produces white, rosé and dessert wines as well as cider under the brand name 56° North, a reference to the latitude of the farm. Another vineyard offering guided tours with tastings is Glenholm at Limfjorden, just over an hour west of Aalborg. In the summer, lunch is served in the farm restaurant.
Ærtebjergvej 40 B, Guldbæk
Aalborg has several cosy pubs to choose from. Go on a beerwalk, and visit six of them and sample just as many local beers. The package costs DKr 125 and includes both a glass and a map. It is available from all participating pubs, many hotels and Visit Aalborg’s tourist information center.
Text: Annika Goldhammer
Published: June 19, 2017