Bon appétit, my deer
TEXT: JOSEFINE OLDER STEFFENSEN | PHOTO © RESTAURANT WILHELM
Restaurant Wilhelm, located in the centre of Copenhagen, is bringing the forest into the city. Originally established and based close to Dyrehaven, a large deer park north of Copenhagen, the restaurant moved to the city centre in December 2017 and has since been satisfying the city with its focus on the animals and plants naturally found in Denmark and southern Sweden.
Everything served in the restaurant has been hunted, picked or foraged in Denmark or southern Sweden. “We work closely with our suppliers, they’re the experts in their field, and it helps us to ensure that what we’re serving is of the highest quality and in its best season. The menu naturally changes with the season as a type of bird, fish or vegetable isn’t going to maintain the same quality year-round,” explains restaurant owner and head chef Kristofer Josefsson.
The menu changes every month, and every Sunday, guests can experience a set menu, where the chef tests recipes, making it slightly cheaper while the quality remains high. The focus on the wild makes Restaurant Wilhelm an exciting, different, Scandinavian experiexperience. “We have a lot of respect for our ingredients and do everything to make them taste as good as they possibly can. It’s a challenge to get everything we need, so we ensure that nothing goes to waste,” says Josefsson.
Although the food is on an amazing gastronomic level, the restaurant is cosy and warm as soon as you step through the door. There is space for 40 guests across two floors, with a bar you can eat at and chairs designed by Finn Juhl, alongside a small quality team making the eating experience delightful. The laid-back atmosphere makes you appreciate the food even more, and the waiters are on hand to ensure it is a relaxing experience. There is a reason why guests frequently come back to try new dishes showcasing the best of Danish and Nordic cuisine.
As well as amazing food, the restaurant offers a changing wine menu, where natural wines, in particular, play a big part. Restaurant Wilhelm is open for dinner Wednesday to Sunday, and it is a good idea to book in advance on Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant also opens for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays.