Eldorado is a new restaurant in Copenhagen from the Kadeau guys, where they finally get to play around with something else than the new Nordic kitchen. It has become an instant new favorite of mine in Copenhagen. When I visited restaurant Kadeau in Copenhagen in August last year, I learned from Magnus Kofoed that the main restaurant was moving to the site next door. The old venue would turn into a new restaurant called Eldorado. Thus, when I returned to the new Kadeau in November, I had set out to visit Eldorado as well. In the end, I found no time to do so, which I regretted in hindsight. I returned mid-January with a booking, and since then I’ve recommended the place to a bunch of people. I even had to revisit Eldorado myself two weeks later.
The Kadeau trio, Magnus and Rasmus Kofoed and Nicolai Nørregaard, have worked with local produce from Bornholm for years. Their four restaurants, Kadeau and PONY in Copenhagen and Kadeau and SommerPONY on Bornholm, are to some extent the epitome of the new Nordic idea. The guys have managed to make Bornholm cooking into a genre of its own. The original Kadeau restaurant on Bornholm is still one of my best dining experiences to date. Pony offered a wonderful meal too, but with more casual food and a less spectacular setting. Similar to Pony, Eldorado is more informal and the food is less artistic in presentation. Tastewise, however, Eldorado is one of the most exciting eateries in town.
Eldorado has a wonderful relaxed atmosphere. The black tables and soft lighting is contrasted by colorful food from a highly creative kitchen. Former Kadeau chef Theis Brydegaard is now head chef at Eldorado. His staff consist of many familiar faces from the different restaurants of the Kofoeds and Nørregaard. Unlike Kadeau and Pony, which are closely linked to Bornholm, there’s no boundaries at Eldorado. Currrently the chefs seem to play around a lot with Asian flavors, both from the Thai kitchen as well as Chinese and Indian. However, that can change quickly, as the menu has new items every week. To some extent Eldorado reminds me of restaurant Pjoltergeist in Oslo. In stead of an Icelandic chef who plays around with Asian cooking techniques, it’s a Bornholm-trained chef who has all the kitchens of the world to gather inspiration from.
At Eldorado, you can choose the chef’s menu, which gives you a 6-course meal for DKK 450. That is a great value-for-money deal. You can also construct your own dinner from the à la carte menu. The selection of snacks, generously priced at DKK 45 to 75, are my personal favorites. I love food where you can enjoy different flavors and be satisfied after a few bites. Some slightly bigger servings of cold and luke-warm dishes cost between DKK 105 and 125, while the main courses are priced at around DKK 135. The larger dishes are decent, but not as exciting as the snacks. Finally, some of the most delicious items on the menu are found in the dessert section for DKK 80 to 90. The next time you go to Copenhagen, do not miss out on Eldorado!
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Please note: This restaurant has since closed and been replaced by Nabo. Eldorado is scheduled to reopen at another location.