Marchal Copenhagen Review, 1 Michelin Star

Marchal Copenhagen Review-Terrace

 

This Review is of Marchal, a 1 Michelin Star Restaurant at the d'Angleterre Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark. See all posts tagged Michelin Star Restaurants for our other Michelin restaurant reviews.

TravelSort Clients who have reserved the d'Angleterre Hotel with Virtuoso benefits enjoy a $100 equivalent credit towards lunch or dinner in Marchal (valid only for food, not for drinks).

 

Marchal Restaurant Location, Hours and Reservations

Marchal Restaurant is named after Jean Marchal a French servant in the Royal Danish court, who fell in love with and married Maria Coppy, the daughter of the King's Chef. Together, they established a restaurant which ultimately became the d'Angleterre Hotel. The d'Angleterre is located at Kongens Nytorv 34, a short walk from the Kongens Nytorv metro station (line 2 runs all the way to Copenhagen Airport).

Marchal serves breakfast 7-10:30am weekdays and 7-11am weekends, lunch daily from 12noon-4:30pm (Sunday brunch is 12noon-3pm) and dinner 6-10pm (until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays). The most popular meal is Sunday brunch, and in fact Q3 and Q4 of 2018 are already fully booked.

Marchal is Located at the D'Angleterre Hotel Copenhagen

 

The Scene

We dined early on a Tuesday evening, so the restaurant was practically empty when we arrived, although several other diners, mostly couples, were seated as we were dining. Among locals, Marchal is particularly popular for its Sunday brunch.

Marchal Copenhagen Review-1 Michelin Star

 

Marchal Menu and Food

Marchal's menu is rather compact, with a handful of “snacks,” 7 a la carte dishes, 5 signature dishes, and desserts. Oh, and several caviar servings, half of which are EUR 200 or more for 50 grams.

What was strange to me was that there were no salads or other vegetables on offer. I asked about this, and was told we could order a green salad that is normally only on the lunch menu, so we did.

Marchal Copenhagen Menu

Marchal Copenhagen Dinner Menu

 

We started with Marchal's fresh rustic bread rolls, which is baked to order for each table. In addition to butter, creme fraiche, adorned with herbs and edible flowers, is offered. The combination was delicious, so much so that we asked for another bread basket.

Marchal Copenhagen Review-1 Michelin Star-Bread

Marchal Copenhagen Review-Michelin Star-Bread with Creme Fraiche

 

From the snack part of the menu, we ordered the mini gougeres with truffle cream and comte cheese. These were fantastic, and I've no doubt that either my husband or son could have polished off an entire order of 6.

Marchal Copenhagen Review-1 Michelin Star-Gougeres with Truffle Cream and Comte Cheese

 

The seasonal salad included super fresh greens, figs, fresh raspberries, and edible flower petals–pretty and healthy. I loved that the salad and signature dishes were served in Bernardaud porcelain–excellent taste.

Marchal Copenhagen Review-1 Michelin Star-Seasonal Salad

 

We shared two of the signature dishes among three of us, and can recommend both of them. The pigeon in puff pastry with duck liver and pistachio was the most distinctive, and I liked it almost as much as the Pithivier with partridge and quail we enjoyed at Daniel, in NYC. The confit of pigeon leg is a nice accompaniment, as are the cherries.

Marchal Copenhagen Michelin Review-Pigeon Baked in Puff Pastry

 

For less adventurous meat eaters, the Chateaubriand is an excellent bet. It came with a very flavorful reduction that we mopped up to the last drop, along with new onions and a separate side dish of pommes puree (mashed potatoes).

Marchal Copenhagen Review-1 Michelin Star-Chateaubriand Steak

Marchal Copenhagen Review-1 Michelin Star-Pommes Puree-Mashed Potatoes

 

The Verdict

Usually I don't expect too much of hotel restaurants, but 1 Michelin Star Marchal was our best fine dining meal in Copenhagen, albeit expensive, and not one we would have had absent our $100 dining credit from our Virtuoso stay at the d'Angleterre. While there was more creativity at Kokkeriet, that meal was uneven, with some excellent and some mediocre courses. We really liked everything at Marchal, and it was a shorter meal, which we appreciated. Anyone who enjoys truffles and cheese should definitely get the gougeres, and if you like game fowl, the pigeon in puff pastry was excellent. I'm not a steak connoisseur, but my husband and son really liked the Chateaubriand with mashed potatoes. The bread is fresh baked, and is heavenly spread with the herb-adorned creme fraiche.

The only things I thought were missing were an amuse bouche, and also some mignardises/petits fours at the meal's conclusion, both of which I'd expect at a Michelin star restaurant with these prices. Service could also have been warmer; our server was professional but not that friendly.

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Disclosure: We paid for our own meal at Marchal, and used a Virtuoso credit towards it, from our stay at the d'Angleterre.

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