Fasangården: Authentic farm-to-table dining in an urban green oasis
By Lena Hunter | Photos: Marie Louise Munkegaard
Though Fasangården is just a few minutes by metro from Copenhagen’s vibrant centre, you’d never guess so. Nestled in Frederiksberg Gardens, the restaurant occupies an old brick farmhouse from 1682, on parkland once used for royal pheasant hunts during the reign of King Christian V.
“It’s very peaceful here. Some of the trees around us are over 200 years old. It feels like you’re in the countryside,” says head chef Anika Madsen. Inside, the restaurant balances rustic charm and restrained Nordic elegance, mixing heritage patterns with sleek, white furnishings. A balance of nostalgia and inventiveness goes for the dining experience too: “The red thread is the feeling of homeliness, but we want to surprise on both the food and the wine front,” says Madsen.
All day dining
Fasangården serves a three-course lunch and four-course dinner menu, all-day à la carte and a laidback Sunday dinner of sharing plates and snacks – “The kind of good food we ourselves would like to eat on a Sunday,” says Madsen.
“Here on the old farm, we get eggs from our own chickens and vegetables from our own garden.
Outside of that, we use other small farm suppliers and growers around Denmark. It’s our way of keeping a farm mentality in the middle of a big city,” she says.
The kitchen adapts the menu according to the fresh produce available each season, and the same goes for the European wine list: “We don’t order in huge batches, we pay attention to what’s drinking really well right now,” says Madsen. “We take the winemaker’s story into account when we select bottles. For us it’s vital that we pay respect to the producers by sharing the stories of where our dishes and drinks come from with our guests.”
October is the beginning of the wild season. “We love to use wild deer instead of beef in our tartare at this time of year. We’re very proud to work with a high-quality sustainable supplier involved with wild deer population control in Dyrehaven park in Klampenborg, just outside Copenhagen,” she says.
Here’s not just a stunning spot to enjoy autumn’s harvest, but the changing colours in Frederiksberg Gardens. Combining cultural history, innovative cuisine and a farm-to-table approach, Fasangården offers the best of the city and the countryside under one roof.
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