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Address Thorvaldsensvej 2; 1871 Frederiksberg
Neighbourhood Frederiksberg, Nørrebro
Metro Forum [M1, M2]
Telephone +45 2752 3565
Price DKK 300-400
Hours Mon-Sat 17-24 From the pavement Chai:Wong looks dark, very dark in fact with its black awnings, black woodcut screens, black Buddha and black tables and chairs. But come nightfall – when the ginormous lanterns are lit outside and the deep, sumptuous window seats are full of chattering clientele - the gloom is replaced by glamour. Step inside and you find a sophisticated, bustling little restaurant – hyggelig done Asian-style.
It’s completely packed on a Monday night with all 48 dining slots, including bar stools, full with expectant customers. Perhaps this instantaneous success explains the friendly yet sluggish service. It’s not that the waiter/chefs – all poached from their native countries to produce authentic Asian cooking – are slacking. They’re just completely rushed off their feet. No matter, the minute our lychee mojitos arrive accompanied by crudités and devilishly calorific peanut dipping sauce, we’re quite happy to sit, spy and peruse the enticing menu.
Amidst all the culinary hype about Noma, it’s easy to forget that Copenhagen also has Kiin Kiin, the only Michelin-starred Thai restaurant in the world. Coming from the same duo of Henrik Yde-Andersen and Lertchai Treetawatchaiwong, Chai Wong takes on a more vibrant (and more affordable) mish mash of South East Asian delicacies.
Come here to indulge in Malaysian curries, Indonesian fried noodles and delicacies from China, Japan and Thailand, too: Think sashimi, dim sum and stews, as well as a stellar laksa curry and moo pad gra paw, served in an array of wooden trays, bamboo cages and steaming bowls.
Though the fare could’ve been carried straight off a street cart, the interiors are decidedly loungey, seating 40 across bistro-style tables and the more informal sofa area. With intimate lighting and plenty of scatter cushions, those eating in one of the alcoves better bring a date worthy of the black lacquer beds and the privacy they promise. Feed each other the amazing Earl Grey ice-cream and see where one night in Bangkok takes you.
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