WHITE GUIDE DENMARK: The four-month-old Copenhagen restaurant Alchemist rattled the Danish culinary establishment on Monday when White Guide Denmark unveiled this year's Master Level list and the 2020 guide at a gala in Kødbyen, Copenhagen. It is a very close run at the top; a total of four restaurants landed on 39 out of a possible 40 food points.
WHITE GUIDE NORDIC: Iceland is the cocky kid brother of the well-behaved Nordic family. Despite its population of a mere 360 000 people, it has attitude to match any of its Scandinavian peers and attractions that sometimes outshine the neighbors' offerings--not least when it comes to extraordinary hospitality experiences.
THE LONG READ: Almost one-third of all the negative impact on our living environment, including the deteriorating climate, originates from our food system. This is why gastronomy has to address issues beyond itself. The Nordics' most buzz-worthy restaurant, Alchemist in Copenhagen, raises some very relevant questions, loudly manifested in a 50-course extravaganza with plenty of hi-tech high-jinx and a fair amount of pranks.
WHITE GUIDE NORDIC: Don’t expect traditional porterage upon arrival or ritualistic turndown service at night. Don’t think extra fluff is standard issue, it isn’t, not even at top-notch hotels. Informal hospitality is practically a Nordic invention, reflecting the region’s egalitarian attitudes as well as its exorbitant staffing costs. What you can expect is smart design and clever functionalities that will reduce your need for token white-glove features while genuine assistance will be there when you really need it. If you ask Nordic people, today’s hospitality ideal is “staying with friends”. Of course this notion doesn’t always work out as anticipated, just like it doesn’t always do with friends either.
RESTAURANT NEWS: Noma and Geranium, both from Copenhagen, secure top positions – #2 and #5 respectively – on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list 2019. Noma is the fastest riser ever, after closing, relocating and reinventing itself as an urban farm. Further north, in Stockholm, Frantzén also made a hefty reentry at #21 - "back with a bang", having moved into a new, ultra-luxe space.
WHITE GUIDE NORDIC: If Finland was a bit slow to embrace the New Nordic food movement, it's mostly because its main beliefs were Old Testament here. By and large, Finnish gastronomy has always relied on locavore principles, and what was partly lost and forgotten in the other Scandinavian countries survived here. The proximity to Russia and more than a hundred years of tsarist rule has left its culinary traces, adding a somewhat unique dimension. Today Finland has a thriving food scene, offering a rich spectrum of innovative and traditional food experiences.
WHITE GUIDE NORDIC: Starting now, we will unveil the best places to eat, drink and stay all over the Nordics. Our test team has worked its way through Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden - including the remote Faroe Islands, Greenland, Svalbard and Åland.
Sweden's best hotel is in Växjö, the best bar is in Stockholm. Packed with exhilarating hospitality experiences and sizzling bars, celebration "Forward, Fun & Fab".
The Top 30 Baltic restaurants of the year were announced tand live today at an event November 12 in Tallinn, Estonia. The list features eight new entries, of which five opened their doors during the year and three made it all the way to the Top 8. In all the Master Level segment expanded from 10 restaurants last year to 16 across Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. On the flipside, three of last year’s Top 30 are no longer in business.