Barr Copenhagen

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Barr Copenhagen

Not just another Nordic restaurant, noma's former site reborn as an ode to northern European authenticity...

Chef and restaurateur Thorsten Schmidt’s new Copenhagen restaurant celebrates the food and drink traditions of the North Sea region, in a cool northern European-Scandi setting that will be familiar to gastronomy connoisseurs and a select group of exceedingly lucky diners.

Barr Copenhagen, Thorsten Schmidt Noma Restaurant

Located at Strandgade 93, the former home of noma restaurant, Barr (which has been opened in partnership with René Redzepi) is a sixty-seat restaurant with thirty-seat bar; and represents the coming together of two long time friends. Together, Thorsten and René have created a casual dining experience that not only focusses on the Nordics, but with traditions from Scandinavia, Germany, Benelux and the British Isles; an à la carte menu will change according to the season.

Oslo-based design gurus Snøhetta put together the revised interiors and graphic identity for the restaurant, working closely with Schmidt and Redzepi to create a space that provided a connection to noma whilst, at the same time, enhanced the identity of Barr itself. ‘Designing within the context of a listed building meant that we needed to understand the space carefully,’ commented senior interior architect, Peter Girgis.

A juxtaposition of old and new features heavily throughout — warm oak floors against original stone walls; subtle sculptural design twists meet original beams — whilst the use of raw materials like wood, leather and wool evoke the restaurant’s northern influence. Admitting to a fondness for the use of marmite in British cooking, and humble dishes like Danish meatballs and schnitzel, Schmidt’s vision for Barr is one of honesty and authenticity — a wide array of carefully curated craft beers are on hand to wash down the wares, and a bar menu of treats like grilled duck hearts and beer sausages confirm the duo’s restaurant as a casual spot that demands regular visits. Not just another Nordic restaurant. At all.

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Barr Copenhagen, Thorsten Schmidt Noma Restaurant
Barr Copenhagen, Thorsten Schmidt Noma Restaurant
Barr Copenhagen, Thorsten Schmidt Noma Restaurant
Barr Copenhagen, Thorsten Schmidt Noma Restaurant
Barr Copenhagen, Thorsten Schmidt Noma Restaurant
Barr Copenhagen, Thorsten Schmidt Noma Restaurant
Barr Copenhagen, Thorsten Schmidt Noma Restaurant
Barr Copenhagen, Thorsten Schmidt Noma Restaurant
Barr Copenhagen, Thorsten Schmidt Noma Restaurant
Barr Copenhagen, Thorsten Schmidt Noma Restaurant

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