We admit it – we have a guilty pleasure. In Istedgade, we found the ultimate spot in Copenhagen for that final late-night snack before you go home after a long night out. At Isted Grill, there’s only one thing you want, and that’s the pork roast sandwich. Look on the menu for what the Danes call a “flæskestegssandwich”. This is not trash gourmet, this is just good old junk food, but it tastes amazing at the right time of the day. Or at night, rather. The “flæskestegssandwich” at Isted Grill costs almost nothing and fulfills exactly what you need to ease your hangover the following morning.
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ISTED GRILL Address & Contact Information Istedgade 92, Copenhagen, Denmark Website
The first time Anders went here for a snack was after a long meal at Geranium. Despite having had plenty of food, his body craved something salty and fat. He had received a tip from a friend about Isted Grill and its famous late-night sandwich. When he entered the shop, the local drunks also made sure to instantly informed him of what to get. While he was studying the menu to find the item in question, one of the guys yelled at him: “Flæskestegsandwich! With Béarnaise!“ That settled it, for sure.
We’ve deliberately included photos of the sandwich in the making because this is truly nothing fancy. It’s a junk food kitchen in the same style as any other kebab shop, but don’t worry, you can trust Mr. & Mrs. Lee. They’ve run this shop since the 1980s, and the place is so famous that the locals threw Mr. Lee a huge street party for his 60th birthday. For only DKK 33 you get a piece of pork roast with cracklings, wrapped in a soft sesame bun and topped with sour pickled gherkins, sweet fermented cabbage, and a fatty Béarnaise-flavored mayo. At this time of night, that’s all you want.
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