For years, I have been talking with René about creating a new kind of restaurant in Copenhagen. We have been holding out for the perfect space – and we finally found it, inside the old home of noma on the city’s iconic waterfront. Together in partnership we are opening restaurant Barr, on Wednesday, 5th July.
Barr will not be another Nordic restaurant. Rather, it will draw from the eating and drinking traditions of the North Sea; an area that spans Scandinavia, Benelux and the British Isles. The name Barr is an old Irish word for “crops” and an old Nordic word for “barley,” a staple throughout this stretch of Europe, and, of course, one of the foundations of beer. Barr will celebrate this diverse region’s cold-country cooking, its breweries, and its shared devotion to conviviality.
The cooking of this region has always fascinated me – from classic dishes like the humble frikadeller (Danish meatballs) and schnitzel, to the use of marmite in cooking in Britain. At Barr, we will serve familiar foods in the best way we can, building on the last decade’s gastronomic development in Copenhagen. We want to carry on the spirit of experimentation and knowledge, serving our versions of traditional dishes, along with a great selection of beers and aquavit from this extraordinary area.
We want Barr to be welcoming, comfortable, and delicious, a place you’ll visit regularly with your family and friends.
We hope to see you soon!
Thorsten Schmidt & the Barr team