Review Of the “Favoritten” (The Favorite) Danish Restaurant
For a change of pace from all the normal dishes, this month we went to the FAVORITTEN. Located on Soi Buakhao down by the market, same side of the street.
Well since this is Danish, I started with an obligatory Carlsberg. Refreshing change from all my regular local beers to say the least.
If you aren’t familiar with Danish food let me explain why this has to be in two parts. Lunch and dinners. Candidly lunches are more interesting as dinners are Scandinavian and so when I do that review it will depend on execution more than menu. Savory is the word that comes to mind with Danish food. The Danish however are famous for their open face sandwiches for lunch. Known as “smoerrebroed” for open faced sandwich this gets adapted to Smorgasbord. When eating lunches the flavors are very distinctive so you should try one sandwich flavor at a time. Sometimes my American counterparts mix it all together into a big sandwich. Don’t do that, you will corrupt the flavors. Danish don’t have a need for lots of spicy seasonings but rely on strong flavors from aged cheeses, and fish and meats.
I started with a herring in curry sauce, topped with tomatoes, lettuce and onion on black bread it was surprisingly delicious. I picked out some herring to taste it separately and somehow it alone was delicious and fresh. I ended this course with the obligatory appetizer of Danish aquavit. You may know it as schnapps.
Next we had a dish called falling star or stjerneskud. It was a symphony of seafood, a deep fried fish fillet on white bread with toppings of mayonnaise, fresh vegetables, prawns and caviar.
Next came a delicious rare roast beef with pickled mayo, fried onions and fresh grated horseradish!
I asked if we could try their “best selling” open faced sandwich. It turned out to be called the “vegetarians nightcap”. Near as I could tell it was called “Dyrlaegens Natmad”. It was a combination of pork and a pate for taste, very savory.
As Favoritten also serve delicious Thai food we had a sea food SOM TAM which was excellent and not too spicy.
Of course how could one pass up a smoked salmon salad? A large bowl, at this point I could not finish so took some home for midnight snack.
So time for desert and tonight I feared I would fail my readers and only be able to eat just one desert. So I opted for Danish pancakes (thick crepes) with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.
If you get tired of same old stuff, try a lunch of 1-2 open sandwiches here. Phone: 089-545-7487.
By Nick Athens