Eldorado Instant New Favorite Restaurant in Copenhagen (Closed Permanently)

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.

Welcome to Eldorado! The golden restaurant
Welcome to Eldorado! The golden restaurant

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.

Bok choy with nam jim. Apparently "nam jim" just means dip, and this one had chili, palm sugar, fish sauce and lime. Authentic flavors that took me straight back to Thailand
Bok choy with nam jim. Apparently “nam jim” just means dip, and this one had chili, palm sugar, fish sauce and lime. Authentic flavors that took me straight back to Thailand
2014 La Paonnerie, Rien Que Melon Sec
2014 La Paonnerie, Rien Que Melon Sec
Fried ox tail with ramson mayo. Umami heaven and a really thick and nice mayo
Fried ox tail with ramson mayo. Umami heaven and a really thick and nice mayo

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.

Naan with raita. This is more perfect naan bread than you get at most Indian restaurants, and with proper amounts of butter!
Naan with raita. This is more perfect naan bread than you get at most Indian restaurants, and with proper amounts of butter!
Rice dumplings with squid. Not my favorite, but interesting
Rice dumplings with squid. Not my favorite, but interesting
Opok, Weingut Maria & Sepp Muster
Opok, Weingut Maria & Sepp Muster

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!

The six-course chef's menu
The six-course chef’s menu
Fried onions and a crazy good dip
Fried onions and a crazy good dip
This bread! Similar to the classic bread from Kadeau and Pony. Crispy crust outside and a luke warm center. Served with a whipped buttermilk cream topped with an oil. To die for!
This bread! Similar to the classic bread from Kadeau and Pony. Crispy crust outside and a luke warm center. Served with a whipped buttermilk cream topped with an oil. To die for!
Domaine Lucci, Sauvignon Blanc. This wine was so good we had to buy a bottle to go!
Domaine Lucci, Sauvignon Blanc. This wine was so good we had to buy a bottle to go!
Veal sweet breads, cabbage from Lammefjord and ventrêche
Veal sweet breads, cabbage from Lammefjord and ventrêche
Little Creek Vineyard, Pinot Noir
Little Creek Vineyard, Pinot Noir
Duck, cabbage from southern Jutland and hoisin
Duck, cabbage from southern Jutland and hoisin
Unripe mango, lemongrass, palm sugar and vanilla cream. Fuck, that's delicious!
Unripe mango, lemongrass, palm sugar and vanilla cream. Fuck, that’s delicious!
Sorbet of gherkins, meringue and frozen milk. So delicate and tasty, and it looks like a winter landscape.
Sorbet of gherkins, meringue and frozen milk. So delicate and tasty, and it looks like a winter landscape.
Silly good petit four to the coffee. Chocolate-dusted with freeze-dried raspberry powder
Silly good petit four to the coffee. Chocolate-dusted with freeze-dried raspberry powder

Have you been to Eldorado, Pony or Kadeau? Feel free to share your favorite in a comment below.

Please note: This restaurant has since closed and been replaced by Nabo. Eldorado is scheduled to reopen at another location.

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