Danish Cuisine Takes Brooklyn At Bornholm's Outdoor Garden
A breath of Nordic air in the dining scene of downtown Brooklyn, Bornholm is the cozy, exotic haven our spring palates were waiting for. Surprising in its diverse yet entirely authentic menu, this family-run eatery shines a light on a cuisine that NYC had been missing.
To start off the night, we were greeted by a lovely couple (owners of the restaurant) who offered us pre-dinner drinks. Being the New Yorkers that we are, we assumed this would be a light vodka-based refresher or maybe a spiced rum concoction, but oh we were wrong! The first drink, DANEgerous, consisting of Pernod Anise, triple sec and lime, was a fresh wake-up call that lasted until the end of the fabulous meal. My first thought? Finally, something different.
The poignant flavors and bursting surprises continued as the charming waiter brought out a mouthwatering plate of Silde & Lakseplatte: pickled herring, curry herring and house cured salmon atop an incredible house-made Danish Rye Bread. The bitter-sweet taste of the pickled herring was the burst of Danish zest we needed, and paired with the creamy savor of the salmon and moist texture of the bread, it was a mouthful of rich perfection.
Next came the Bornholm Burger, a truly insane treat made with the finest beaf, creamiest carrot remoulade and topped with crunchy sliced potato wedges cooked to perfection. Not to sound too skeptical but never in our wildest dreams did we think this homey Nordic spot could top an all-American burger joint – and yet it did, a million times over.
We enjoyed this dish with a few sips of Alo Brooklyn (made with gin, aloe juice, lime and pickled cucumber) – a light and airy cocktail, ideal for transitioning into spring at Bornholm's dreamy outdoor garden.
The meal ended with a scoop of sweet raspberry sorbet and a strong Americano. Not many places in this busy city could top this Danish feast.