The name of this restaurant is a pretty solid indicator of what to expect. Kul, Danish for coal, cooks the majority of their Nordic-Asian style cuisine on a Josper charcoal grill. The restaurant itself is seriously atmospheric—built in what used to be a wholesale butcher space at Copenhagen’s old meat market, many of the original features are still there (like the eroded white tile walls) paired with stylish, charcoal-inspired black hooded light fixtures, and an all-black bar. The Nordic-Asian fusion really works, with the lighter Asian flavors brightening up the traditionally heavier Nordic fare—trout is served in a dashi broth with preserved berries, and raw lobster is paired with fennel puree and accompanied by a hot pour-over jus.

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