SommerPONY Another Beautiful Gem on Bornholm

Bornholm is a remarkable island. If you want to experience the many amazing restaurants here you should definitely travel between the months of May and September. The rest of the year a lot of them are closed, sadly. Last time I was here and visited Restaurant Kadeau they told me that another restaurant was opening soon. SommerPONY it would be called. The Kadeau guys already have both Kadeau and PONY in Copenhagen as well, so this was a natural add-on.

The beautiful view of the Baltic sea!
The beautiful view of the Baltic sea!

Arriving in the small village of Sandvig on Bornholm it wasn’t obvious to me where the restaurant was located. I had told the taxi driver the address, but I was standing outside and looking at Nordlandet Restaurant & Bar. I knew SommerPONY would have a sea view, though, so I followed the path around the hotel and found some wooden stairs leading up to the second floor. I believe I entered through the back door, but it was a beautiful entrance to arrive at!

SommerPONY is located at hotel Nordlandet in the town of Sandvig
SommerPONY is located at hotel Nordlandet in the town of Sandvig
A glass of Champagne as you enter and this pretty menu with SommerPONY marked on the Bornholm map
A glass of Champagne as you enter and this pretty menu with SommerPONY marked on the Bornholm map

SommerPONY has some similarities to Kadeau, but the style is simpler and rougher in a way. The food still looks delicious on the plate, but it seems more random and “tossed” into place. Meticulous random, as I believe my friend André Blomberg-Nygård called this element of new Nordic cooking. Also in line with the Nordic style are the ceramic plates. It is Lov i Listed who delivers ceramics to all four Kadeau-owned restaurants. In fact, they hardly sell any ceramics in their store anymore because they are so busy serving all of these restaurants. That makes it even more sought-after, of course.

The rougher style in this restaurant compared to Kadeau is evident even in the bread serving. Bread broken by hand and whipped butter straight on the plate.
The rougher style in this restaurant compared to Kadeau is evident even in the bread serving. Bread broken by hand and whipped butter straight on the plate.

Talking to the wife, Susanne, at Lov in Listed earlier the same day, I was recommended to get the veal tartare. So I did, and it was very good! I must say I strongly prefer the Nordic way of serving tartare compared to the traditional French. There are so many more interesting flavors and ways to balance the dish. The tartare at Oaxen in Stockholm or Vaaghals in Oslo are other examples.

Veal tartare, horseradish cream, pickled shallots, bread crumbs, cress salad, nasturtium, and wild Bornholm cornflowers. I had this recommended by the producers of the ceramics, Lov i Listed, and it was a great tip!
Veal tartare, horseradish cream, pickled shallots, bread crumbs, cress salad, nasturtium, and wild Bornholm cornflowers. I had this recommended by the producers of the ceramics, Lov i Listed, and it was a great tip!
Green asparagus, asparagus cream, grilled spring onion, ramsons, garlic mustard, chive blossoms and crispy chicken skin. Ordering a taxi in Bornholm can take some waiting time. I actually ordered this dish as an extra while waiting for mine.
Green asparagus, asparagus cream, grilled spring onion, ramsons, garlic mustard, chive blossoms and crispy chicken skin. Ordering a taxi in Bornholm can take some waiting time. I actually ordered this dish as an extra while waiting for mine.

If you do find yourself on Bornholm in the summertime, both Kadeau and SommerPONY are absolute must-visits. So similar, yet so different experiences. Both in beautiful locations and with superb hosts taking care of you. The food is outstanding, and there really isn’t anything to point a finger at.

Dining with this view, and in these surroundings just makes you happy.
Dining with this view, and in these surroundings just makes you happy.
Organic pork shoulder butt from the farm Vasagaard on Bornholm. A simple dish with Danish new potatoes, malt, lovage and crackling greaves. So much flavor in that pork!
Organic pork shoulder butt from the farm Vasagaard on Bornholm. A simple dish with Danish new potatoes, malt, lovage and crackling greaves. So much flavor in that pork!
Crème fraîche sorbet, rhubarb compote, meringue, oat crumble and sweet cicely leaves
Crème fraîche sorbet, rhubarb compote, meringue, oat crumble and sweet cicely leaves
Snack to go with the coffee from Coffee Collective in Copenhagen – a homemade toffee
Snack to go with the coffee from Coffee Collective in Copenhagen – a homemade toffee

Update: This restaurant is now simply called Nordlandet.

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