10/03/2018

Copenhagen: Marv & Ben, Snaregade

Freshly baked bread brushed with bone marrow and buttermilk

Normally looking for cheap eats in the new cities we explore, we occasionally have to take exception. With Jessica's birthday weekend away to Copenhagen, we did without regret when we visited Snaregade's Marv & Ben, who lead the way with the finest Nordic cuisine in the city.

Everything is prepared from scratch here with a curious combination of ingredients that cannot be found elsewhere. Following the traditional 'small plate' culture that we first experienced in Oslo's Nord & Natt last month, we chose from Marv & Ben's 'Four Favourites' recommendation, which took us on a sophisticated journey of exquisite flavours. 


However beforehand, we were treated to some snacks... if that's what you want to call it. With everything from a hot chicken and garlic soup to warm us from the sub-zero temperatures outside to small bites of deer meat and mushroom, we prepared ourselves for a special evening ahead. 

With the best bread we've ever had with the smoothest of buttermilk, and a glass of their beautiful champagne, we toasted Jessica's birthday and before long, our first starter course arrived. 



Codfish, blue mussel & fermented asparagus 

Thanks to our trip to Lisbon in January and exposure to the Portuguese's massive appetite for cod fish, we have become massive fans of it and are looking to incorporate more fish into our home cooking. We were delighted to find it on the tasting menu here, and learnt that Portugal actually imports the freshest kinds of cod from Scandinavia. There was a heightened fish flavour from the blue mussel and kicks of garlic from the fermented asparagus which made all in all for huge punches of flavour and a melt-in-the-mouth start to proceedings. 

On with the fish theme, the floral verbena tones in our second appetiser of squid and leek was equally as delicious.


Squid, leek & verbena

It was a tough choice, but the main course of grilled pork belly, grilled beetroot and fermented raspberry was our favourite of the evening. The unbelievably tender meat, delicious sauce and the massive complimenting flavours were having a party in our mouths. We'd go back to that party every night if we could.

Grilled pork, beetroot & raspberry 

With the final of the 'Four Favourite's finishing our time here with an incredible dessert, we were full but left wanting so much more. As with Nord & Natt, the small plates will deceive you into thinking it won't be enough, but it is never the case.

How could we resist this amazing doughnut-like caramelised apple? The raw artichoke and artichoke chips gave crispy and soft textures with the lemon and thyme cream. It worked fantastically well and it was the best end to a journey through Copenhagen's dining culture, at the best place to have it. 

Caramelised apple, Jerusalem artichoke & lemon thyme

At 400 DKK (just under £50) per person for the 'Four Favourite's,' it was a splurge which was more than worth it. Each plate wasn't just full of food, but thought, care and character. No wonder Marv & Ben have found themselves in the Michelin Guide for six consecutive years and cemented itself as the best Nordic restaurant in Copenhagen.

Food: ★★★★★
Customer service: ★★★★★
Atmosphere: ★★★★★
Toilets: ★★★★

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26 comments

  1. It's always good to go for a splurge sometimes as well as saving on food and this place sounds like it was well worth a few extra pennies! It would've been rude not to experience the best cuisine that Copenhagen had to offer when it was Jessica's birthday too hehe ;-) The codfish dish sounds absolutely incredible and I'm not surprised that it has inspired you to incorporate more fish into your everyday cooking, the combo with the cheese and asparagus looks mouthwatering! The caramelised apple is certainly something I would enjoy as well!

    Abbey xx
    http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. It was definitely worth the splurge and we were glad to do so! Exactly, it would have been rude not to right ;) Codfish has been so good to us lately and we really hope to have it more!

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  2. This four favourites menu looks incredible! The curious ingredients sound intriguing although for someone with as bigger hunger as me I'm not sure how well I fit into a country that has a 'small plate culture' ;-) ! These photos are beautiful and it certainly sounds like the perfect treat for lovely Jessica's birthday. Glad you had a fab time.
    Kate x
    http://www.findingkate.co

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    1. Hahaha trust me, James has a very big appetite and it was more than enough - you'd be surprised! The food was delicious and worth very penny!

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  3. Thanks for showcasing the Nordic cuisine, I knew nothing about it but now I think it's ideal for me, fish and bread and beautiful veg.

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    1. Yesss, it a must try and comes highly recommended!

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  4. That sounds like amazing value for the food you got even if it is a little pricey. Your photography here is stunning and it all looks like it was presented beautifully. That dessert sounds amazing!

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. It was definitely worth every single penny! Everything was absolutely stunning and the Hygge vibes made it!

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  5. Your photography always has me lusting over food I wouldn’t normally like! Glad you went for a splurge and just enjoyed yourselves! Hope you’re both well, we must catch up soon, you’re still my favourite couple <3 <3 <3

    Charlene McElhinney (@blogabtnothing1)

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    1. Girl, you need to come out with us and try some new dishes! Yes, catch up soon, you're a star!

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  6. I was looking at flights to copenhagen and started to plan a long weekend there! your photography is on point as always and the food looks so so good! making me so hungry! xx corinne

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    1. Yes, do it! You'd love it there and you must visit this restaurant!

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  7. I was sold just on the name how fickle amI? The pork fish looks and sounds delicious I would love to try that combination of flavours. Oh and sometimes you deserve a little treat especially on a birthday weekend 😊.

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    1. The combination was so different to what we usually try and it was so worth it! The best treat!

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  8. A very happy birthday to Jessica, I have been to Copenhagen and I love the food there xx

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    1. Thank you so much! isn't it so lovely their and their culture!

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  9. This looks like such unique cuisine! It’s always interesting to hear about food that isn’t super common. There’s food everywhere and you can never go wrong with a good meal! Thanks for sharing ��

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    1. They're always trying and trailing different dishes! Honestly the best place to try!

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  10. Everything looks and sounds so delicious! And the pictures do look so good too.
    Lea, xx

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    1. There presentation was on point and tasted equally as beautiful!

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  11. I adore hearing about the places you two both go and explore, I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed this place. Thank you for sharing 🌸✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | www.alishavalerie.com

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    1. So glad to hear that! We had the best time!

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  12. You know, I'm kinda down with the small plate philosophy. Makes you pay attention to your food and really savor it. ...Not sure if my American appetite could handle it for long though πŸ˜‚

    All of your choices look delicious!

    SinΓ©ad | www.sincerelysinead.com

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    1. Yes, exactly! I defo agree, it really does help you focus more and savour it all!

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  13. Why not treat yourself! Especially when you are having an authentic experience and not just a McDonalds binge - haha! It all looks really intriguing, its all plated so well. Definitely looks like an experience and not just a meal.

    Ashlee | ashleemoyo.com

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    1. It was definitely a treat and we're so happy to got to experience it! Would highly recommend it!

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