Les Trois Cochons initially opened its doors 12 years back, occupying the site of a former butcher’s shop. Back then it was the second restaurant of the Cofoco brand—today counting 14 restaurants to their name—and it was an early constituent of the French scene that can now be found around Copenhagen’s swanky Værnedamsvej.
Having undergone a very fancy makeover, the bistro recently reopened with a fresh menu and wine selection, relaxed atmosphere and that show-stopping new decor. Feeling distinctly Parisian, the space boasts large floor-to-ceiling windows that open out on to the petite outdoor terrace; tan leather couches; French wicker chairs; and a central bar made from marble. Local makers Københavns Møbelsnedkeri designed custom furniture and the rich velvets found in the seductive basement with its moody cool ambience.
With chef Nikolaj Jelsbech at the helm, the updated menu is based firmly around French ingredients and classics with a modern twist. Open for lunch and dinner, diners can choose between light snacks and heavier dishes; a very decent selection of French wines suit every budget.
Dining at Les Trois Cochons just a few days after their grand reopening, We Heart was able to taste firsthand the fresh and abundant flavours this new menu offers up. Commencing our feast with half a dozen Gillardeau oysters (the molluscs large, firm and delicious) washed down with a glass of champagne, starters of smoked salmon with cream of sorrel and herbs, and white French asparagus served with mousseline and a side of shrimps followed.
Vol au vent with cockerel and seasonal greens, and Grilled tournedos with french fries and bearnaise were up next—all accompanied by a bottle of Chablis 1´Cru and a glass of Chateauneuf du Pape—before finishing off with a French cheese selection based around goats milk.
Authentic with design details to die for, Copenhagen’s new look Les Trois Cochons is a spot of supreme sophistication that deals in mouthwatering culinary excellence. Already a force to be reckoned with, Cofoco’s three pigs have built an exceedingly solid house. Brilliant.