There’s no resting on laurels from those folk at NOMA; head honcho René Redzepi has a new book collection out, former head chef Matt Orlando recently launched his new restaurant Amass in Copenhagen, and now co-founder Claus Meyer is at it too, having previously impressed with low-key eatery Radio. Together with partner and jazz musician Niels Lan Doky, he’s opened The Standard – a project in the Danish capital which ambitiously combines a jazz club with not one, not two but three top-notch restaurants. Well if you’re going to do something, give it the beans.
All that ambition needed a sizeable building to house it, and Meyer didn’t have to look far. The Standard fills a fine looking art deco building opposite the aforementioned world famous restaurant in Nyhavn, central Copenhagen. Built in 1937 by noted Copenhagen architect Kristoffer Nyrop Varming, the former customs house stretches 65 metres along the waterfront like an old steamship at port. With first impressions taken care of, design studio Gubi and Italian-Danish duo GamFratesi, the team that impressed with their design work at Amass, came in to orchestrate the interior. It’s a masterclass of understatement, with grey the major player supported by pale blue Beetle chairs and some strategic foliage to fend off any potential sterility. The three dining options are the relaxed Almanak, the high-end Studio from NOMA alumni Torsten Vildgaard, and Verandah, an Indian restaurant helmed by Karam Sethi, the youngest Indian Michelin-starred chef. With yet another classic in the making, Copenhagen is firmly establishing itself in the world gastronomic elite.