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This was intended to be a more casual sister to Rene Redzepi’s Noma (re-opening in December), but Restaurant 108 has taken on a life of its own. Run by head chef Kristian Baumann, the food philosophy is deeply rooted in the Danish cultural experience. Berries, mushrooms, and other vegetables are picked at their most fresh and preserved for use throughout the year. Aside from the à la carte menu, there are larger dishes intended for sharing at the table, called livretter—essentially meaning favorite dishes—the idea is to build community and conversation through experiencing food together. Livretter options could be anything from pork belly with salted apples and preserved redcurrants to brown beech mushrooms, grilled greens, and smoked egg sauce. The setting for this rich, comforting food is pretty industrial (stone columns and exposed beams) softened by the warm wooden tables and hints of greenery. Despite Restaurant 108’s impressive pedigree, it’s a casual experience with an ’80s soundtrack. Walk-ins welcome.

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