Magasasa Dim Sum & Cocktails (****/$$)

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I am big fan of the new places opening these days in Copenhagen. They do not try to embrace all food styles but rather focus at what they are good at. And when the word cocktail is added I am sold even before entering the place. Magasasa Dim Sum & Cocktail opened in August and I have been waiting impatiently for a good excuse.

A friend and I went a Thursday as a pre-concert dinner. I am somewhat a novice within the Chinese kitchen (contrary to my companion) and have actually only tried dim sum once before so I did not really know what to expect. The restaurant is placed in the always humming and trendy Kødbyen (the Danish Meatpacking District) and is fairly big. The interior is simple/boring and right as you enter a dough-stretching Chinese chef meets you without even a hint of a smile. Authentic and amusing.

We both started of with an Open Sesame cocktail consisting of dark rum, vanilla liqueur, lime juice and homemade sesame foam. Definitely the first time I’ve tried that combination but it was an instant favorite. We were instructed that the dishes are fairly small and shareable. Luckily my friend took the lead and we ordered dumplings with tiger prawns and ramsons in rice dough, Cha siu bao (buns with BBQ pork), fried dumplings with pork and ramsons, spring rolls with duck confit and the famous Gongbao chicken. To drink we had the pleasant Chinese beer Tsingtao. The dishes were served randomly and I really enjoyed this informal way of eating and sharing flavor impressions as you go along. The food is tasty, fun to eat & share, and the toned down service didn’t really affect me. A bonus of this type of kitchen is that you afterwards feel comfortable and ready to party, drink and dance. Which we then did 🙂

Magasasa Dim Sum & Cocktails, Flæsketorvet 54-56, 1711 København V, (+45) 33 23 80 89, www.magasasa.dk

Open Sesame cocktail
Open Sesame cocktail
Duck confit spring rolls
Duck confit spring rolls
Various dim sum
Various dim sum
Various dim sum
Various dim sum
Gongbao chicken
Gongbao chicken
Chinese beer Tsingtao
Chinese beer Tsingtao