Bite into Bornholm’s best sunset

TEXT: SIGNE HANSEN | PHOTOS © RESTAURANT LE PORT

With a location as spectacular as where Restaurant Le Port resides on Bornholm, you might expect the setting to steal all of the attention. However, when guests sing Le Port’s praise, it is not just for its sea and sunset view, but just as much for its food and service.

Located on the coast in Vang, Le Port boasts spectacular views of the sea and the stunning natural landscape of Hammeren. However, the restaurant’s owners, husband and wife Kim and Gabriela Jantzen, are not relying on the views to do their work for them. With long backgrounds in the industry behind them, the restaurateurs are dedicated to creating a welcoming and warm atmosphere from beginning to end. “A lot of people come for the view, but there are also many who come because they know the quality of our food and service – I think you could say that we have quite a traditional approach to service,” explains Gabriela Jantzen, who manages the restaurant floor while her husband heads up the kitchen. “It’s not just about greeting the guest with a smile, but about ensuring that the individual service is continued all the way through until the guest leaves.”

That this approach is appreciated by guests is reflected in the restaurant’s many enthusiastic user reviews on sites such as TripAdvisor. Here, guests sing the praise not just of the spectacular sunset views, but also the delicious food and the forthcoming service.

Attention to detail

Le Port was founded by Kim Jantzen’s mother, Jette Jantzen, in 1976. When Kim and Gabriela Jantzen took over in 2012, their ambition was to create a concept that allowed for delicate and detailed food experiences, even in the busy summer months. “Our location is a double-edged sword – on the one hand, it draws people out here during the summer months, and on the other, we have to work harder to attract people outside of the peak season,” Jantzen explains. “That’s why, when we took over, we decided to focus on creating a menu that allowed for more focus on the little details, the garnish and the presentation, even in the busy summer months. Furthermore, we focus on all the high-quality produce we have on the island. We try to use as much local and organic ingredients as possible, without compromising on the quality.”

To do this, the couple reduced the menu to create a set two-to-five-course menu, with three options for each course, as well as one fish of the day and one dish of the day.

Dinner for two or a party for 100

While Le Port’s west-facing terrace almost screams out for a romantic dinner for two, the restaurant is also a popular venue for larger celebrations. The terrace is equipped with both parasols and heaters and can thus be enjoyed through most of the warmest half of the year. The inside of the restaurant also offers beautiful views and a warm atmosphere, with a large fireplace providing an extra touch of ‘hygge’ during the colder months. And, while the restaurant is closed for most of the winter months, it hosts a number of special events throughout the year. “We have a string of events: jazz during the summer, musical evenings in the autumn, and evening concerts with opera singers around Christmas,” explains Jantzen.

Indeed, most guests agree that whether the food is enjoyed on a warm summer night, watching the sun set over the sea, or on a cosy autumn evening in front of the fireplace, it is well worth a visit.

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