On Saturday, we ventured to the first out of two Tony’s branches in Copenhagen, which is located right by the Nyhavn harbour and, as the title suggests, specialises in traditional Italian food with their own unique twist on the dishes. The great thing about Tony’s is you can order your own 3-course meal for just 225 DK (£27) which is a bit of steal considering their quality of food.
Entering Tony’s you immediately get this chalet-esque feel, the logs of wood stacked on top of each other create this warming aura that’s needed when tolerating the cold Copenhagen weather. The mood lighting, blackboards with writing on them and bookcase help to create this homely feel to the restaurant. Expect some ’80s soul like Chaka Kahn’s “I Feel For You” or George Benson’s “Give Me the Night” to be played discretely in the background that further create a rich warm mood.
Glancing at the menu we knew we were in for a treat, the menu was authentically Italian with some interesting additions from Tony’s well-versed kitchen. For our starters, we went for the fried chicken wings that are marinated in buttermilk and the langoustine that’s served with garlic butter. Being a chicken-lover myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the wings as it wasn’t something I expected any of Copenhagen’s restaurants to serve. The wings were crispy but tasty and were the perfect size to help ease you into your main. The langoustine was very delectable and the combined flavours of the garlic butter made for a great collaboration. Alongside this, we had some very scrumptious bread with artichoke cream as the dip – this was the first time I had tried artichoke cream and it certainly won’t be my last.
Our choice of wine was the Sabstiani Chardonnay as it was recommended by our host for its crisp and fruity flavour and its ability to go well with most meals. For the mains, we opted for Tony’s meatballs that come with very juicy meatballs in tomato sauce with linguine and herbs. We also had the cream risotto with roasted Jerusalem artichokes and pickled lemon with pan fried cod. The meatballs were delightful and totally embody Tony’s restaurant with its traditional flavour with subtle new additions; the tomato sauce was rich but not overbearing and linguine was cooked to perfection. The risotto was luscious with the sauce having just the right of flavours so it didn’t dominate the cod which in itself was cooked to the right level and was the perfect companion to the creamy risotto.
For sweet lovers, the Tiramisu is the right way to go as it comes with coffee, mascarpone, ladyfingers, marsala and cocoa. The various components of the Tiramisu work in harmony to create a mesh of flavours in your mouth. You almost wonder how you still have space for it after the two enjoyable courses, but its flavours help for your brain to forget it is full.
Tony’s is a must go to for couples who are venturing to Copenhagen with the restaurant facing the harbour and its intimate landscape helps to create the perfect date vibe. Tony’s is a must attend when you’re in CPH