Guide to Copenhagen: Osteria 16

Writing Guide to Copenhagen and having a food blog on the side means that I really try to eat at different places when I go out to restaurants. Usually when I’ve eaten at a restaurant, you can hear me say “It was good, but…”, followed by one or several things that would have made the restaurant even better. The Film Critic Guy laughs at me, and keeps saying that I shouldn’t be so harsh with the poor restaurants. In other words: He will love the up-coming review. It has no reservations.

Last week the two of us visited Osteria 16, a small Italian antipasti restaurant that has been on my wish list since it started about a year ago. Even if I knew it was an Italian restaurant, I got surprised with how Italian it felt. It looked exactly like the restaurants I’ve visited in Trastevere in Rome, with small tables close to each other, lots of people and no space. Two wine glasses, some water (served in white plastic cups – hello authentic environment!), a few plates and our table was full.

Osteria 16 has just one menu – eight antipasti-dishes for 250 dkk. Some of them are served together, some after each other. We started of with a delicious halibut with lemon, together with lobster, marinated with lemon, chili and parsley. Those two dishes, together with the six dishes that followed, were all amazing. A few dishes tasted like food I’ve eaten in Italy, other were surprises. It was all good, and the wine the restaurant recommended to the food (try their rosé, it’s fantastic), was just as good.

All in all, this was by far the best restaurant experience and meal I’ve had this year. Because stepping into Osteria 16 was like going to Italy for a delicious dinner. I happily pay 400 dkk per person to do that again, the next time I can’t afford a trip to Rome.

Haderslevgade 16, Vesterbro

250 dkk for 8 small dishes

Bus 1A to the stop “Knud Lavards Gade” (500 meters away)

Linn Katarina Grubbström

Linn is the main contributor of Guide To Copenhagen. She is from Sweden, and has lived in Denmark since 2008. She lives at Nørrebro in Copenhagen and works with food communication. She is also the creator of the Danish food blog and radio show Frk. Kræsen.

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