A great way to really figure out if you have had a great meal is to ask yourself: “Do I want to come again?”. If the answer is “Yes!”, you know that you have found something great. If you on top of that get withdrawal symptoms after a few weeks, you know that it is really special.
This is how I feel about Søllerød Kro north of Copenhagen (a 25 minutes drive from the center). The old inn has been existing for more than 340 years and since the establishment not much has changed around the old building. It is surrounded by a church, a big forest and a pond where the chefs use to drop their students after their graduation from chef’s school.
Inside, much more has happened since a local priest got permission to serve food and offer a good night’s sleep to people passing by 340 years ago. Today, Søllerød Kro is a gourmet restaurant serving French inspired food with a Nordic, personal twist added by the head chef, Brian Mark Hansen, who has been defending the Michelin star every year since he took over the stove in 2013.
Give them two stars!
If I were a Michelin inspector, I would give two stars to Søllerød Kro right away. The food, the wine and the ambience are merged together to a perfect whole – you simply feel at home right away. This is especially due to the restaurant manager, Jan Restorff. He is a living legend in Danish gastronomy being famous and highly acknowledged for his unique skills as a host ensuring a personal experience suited for every guest. Feeling in good hands is an important part of being able to enjoy a delicious meal, and you will find absolutely no snobbish attitude at Søllerød Kro.
What I always enjoy about coming to Søllerød Kro is their uncompromising approach to produce. You will only find top quality products on the menu regardless if it is caviar, truffles or asparagus. The starting point is usually the French cuisine but Brian Mark Hansen always adds a personal touch to the dishes bringing in different textures and flavors.
Combined with Jan Restorff’s knowledge and ability to pair food and wine you are in for a treat. Restorff is not afraid of mixing conventional and natural wines – as long as they are great, they can make it to the table.
Sit in the courtyard
Søllerød Kro is open all year round. The kitchen follows the seasons closely in order to give the most fresh ingredients to the guests. What you can only enjoy during the summer is the chance to sit outside in the courtyard. It adds another dimension to the dining experience. Do not be afraid to take your children with you – Søllerød Kro welcomes all guests.