Høst (Höst, Autumn) is a cosy restaurant in Copenhagen that serves nordic seasonal food at an affordable price. The food might seem simple at first glance, but there’ve got some surprises up their sleeves…
A good taste of the nordic, made great with a brilliant wine pairing
A late december weekday night in a dark and seemingly empty Copenhagen we entered Høst. Suddenly that dull feeling changed. The warm wooden interior with industrial details and vibrant green plants made you feel like home.
The place couldn’t be mistaken of anything but the classic Nordic style.
The place serves a 3 or 5 course menu with corresponding wine pairings. We did the 5 course + wine, still knowing there were gonna be some additional surprises..!
Deep fried buttermilk waffle, crab salad, dill
The first surprise came early, and what a great start. Fresh and herby but still indulgent!
Witch flounder, cauliflower, blue mussel sauce
Wine: Grüner Veltliner
The best with this was probably the wine. Not something I would ever have the guts to order normally, but it was great. More like a sour beer without carbonation than more common wines, and worked well with the simple flavours of the dish.
Scallops, yoghurt, horseradish, apple
On it's own, the dish was too mellow for my taste, and the yoghurt creme took attention from the scallops. However, together with the Reisling, it helped cut through that richness, lifting the entire dish. The green apple notes in the wine accompanied the apples on the plate well.
Jerusalem artichoke soup, crispy artichoke, cranberry. Mushroom croquettes on a bush
Surprise time! A comforting aerated soup together with some crispy and tangy toppings. With the gooey croquette, it just made me smile :)
Norwegian lobster, sea buckthorn, carrots
Beer: Jah Pale Ale
The rich sauce in the bottom contrasted by the tangy sea buckthorn and coriander (!) on the top made this an evocative dish that surprised my palette. Consequently my favourite dish of the night.
Cod, kale, lingonberries, roasted chicken skin
A homely piece of food. Nothing more, nothing less. Probably something you’d do at home. Some crispy chicken skin never hurts though..
Pear creme, ice cream, crisp
Another surprise. This made me feel being at tivoli with the smell of cotton candy and popcorn. Nice touch with the herbs. A super good dessert!
Hazelnut ice cream, pear, white chocolate
Dessert wine: Sémillon & Muscadelle
Made with liquid nitrogen, the ice cream had a very fluffy texture. Together with some sweet fudgy bits and the gravel of pear (that reminded me of the long gone Solero Shots), it was a nice dessert.
However, it felt too similar to the previous one, as if they were different iterations of the same idea in which they couldn’t decide their favourite of. So it was a bit superfluous…
Coffee + candy
Quite full in our bellies, this was the last thing for the evening. Some truffles nestled between pieces of bark for the coffee serving. Just make make sure you’re sober enough at this point to eat the right thing ;)
Overall, it was a humble and homely place with modern cooking techniques. Some dishes felt a bit too simple on the palette for me, while some was a bit more daring. But it definitely was a good taste of the nordic, made great with the wine pairing!