Eat your heart out – culinary experiences on Bornholm #2
If you think I ate enough on Bornholm in my previous post, you have another thing coming! I still have some yummy dishes to go through with you, so stay tuned for more goodies.
Gaarden – Bornholm’s cultural center for food
In 2015, the living museum Melstedgård in Melsted near Gudhjem, opened a brand new attraction: Gaarden – Bornholm’s Madkulturhus (roughly translated: The farm – Bornholm’s cultural center for food). Gourmet Bornholm runs the place in cooperation with Bornholm’s Museum and has created a unique culinary meeting place for residents as well as tourists. The food culture thrives a Gaarden where it is possible to taste, play and create based on local ingredients.
We went to Gaarden for lunch one day and it was such a treat. Don’t, however, expect to be waited on. At Gaarden you have to make your own food. And so we did. A feast of pasta, tenderloin and a heavy cream sauce – spiked with strawberry wine! Freshly baked focaccia bread. And a side salad of wild herbs we picked ourselves on the way to Gaarden. We ate to our heart’s content and we couldn’t even finish half. We must be getting soft (around the waistband)
Helle and Christian from Gaarden were our wingmen during lunch preparations and besides helping us manoeuvre in the spacious kitchen we had a nice talk about the place. It must be a fascinating place to work – lots of things are going on all the time, and I can’t wait to be back. Gaarden – I’ll see you in September to Madkulturfest (‘Food culture party’)! I better watch what I eat from now on, so that I won’t be too full by then ...
Le Port, Hasle
Le Port in Hasle is an old restaurant with relatively new owners – in fact the son and daughter-in law of the previous proprietor.
The restaurant claims to have a nice sea view, which is playing it a fair bit down, if you ask me. The sea view isn’t nice – it’s absolutely fantastic! Even though Bornholm isn’t stingy with its fabulous views, I’m on the verge of electing the view from Le Port to the best view of Bornholm. During the five-course dinner I went to the patio to photograph the sunset no fewer than three times. And hadn’t it been freezing cold, I would’ve gone out there even more!
The view, however, excellent as it is, isn’t the only good thing about Le Port. Far from it. The dinner was exquisite and it all came nicely together with the wines, the atmosphere and – I can’t mention it enough – the view. I’ll be hard put to name my favourites among the culinary experiences, but if I must, it’ll be the dessert – ice cream made of ‘skovmærke’ – a forest flower, gallium odoratum, with a very delicate taste, a mousse of soured whole milk and a nutty biscuit. Everything, of course, composed to perfection on the plate. I give Le Port my sincerest recommendations – please do yourself a favour and go for a visit the next time you’re on Bornholm and feel the urge to treat yourself.