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Le Sommelier

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The grande dame of Copenhagen's French restaurants is appropriately named. The cellar boasts more than 800 varieties of wine, and you can order many of them by the glass—with or without the help of a sommelier. Exquisite French dishes are complemented by an elegant interior of off-white walls, rough-hewn wooden floors, brass chandeliers, and hanging copper pots. Dishes include guinea fowl in a foie-gras sauce or lamb shank and crispy sweetbreads with parsley and garlic. While waiting for your table, head to the burnished dark-wood and brass bar to begin sampling the wine.

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  • Credit cards accepted.
  • No lunch weekends.
Updated: 11-14-2013

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    They had us pegged as tourists, I think (they were wrong, we live in Copenhagen). The first odd bit of inattention: they never showed us a wine list. That wasn't a problem, because we ordered a couple of glasses of champagne to start and knew what we wanted. And we ordered a wine menu with our food, deciding to let the sommelier match wines to our food for us; so, okay, maybe that's the advantage of going to "Le Sommelier." But then waiter number 2, who seemed to take over between that starter and the main course, brought us the same wine for a main course as we'd had for the first course, re-introducing it to us; but maybe that wine did go best with both courses, and it was pretty good, so, okay, just a bit off. Then I received my main course, a rib of beef in sherry sauce, and thought it a bit on the small side -- two small medallions of beef--but it was pretty good, so okay; until, just as I was finishing my own main course, the people seated next to us received theirs, the same rib of beef but at least double the quantity I had received. At this point I was starting to think "not so okay." Things came to a head when we ordered dessert and coffee. The coffee arrived, but no dessert. We had a cup of coffee, then another--still no dessert. Our coffee was depleted now. We waited longer, asked the waiter ("coming out in just a minute"). Finally tiring of waiting, I went up to the bar and explained the problem we were having, the lost dessert, the inconsistent portion sizes. The gentleman there, who told me he was in charge (the sommelier?), thanked me for the feedback and expressed skepticism that my portion size could have been smaller. As he put it, "I didn't see the portion so I can't say;" he was right, I'd mostly eaten my main course before I noticed the rather dramatic disparity in portion sizes. About this time, dessert finally arrived, which we refused. We paid the bill and departed. A shame really, as the food was pretty good. Maybe we'll give them another try sometime.

    by morl8tr, 5/25/08

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