Apollo Bar & Kantine — Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen chef Frederik Bille Brahe’s newest venture, within the Kunsthal Charlottenborg gallery, cements his status as the current chef du jour. The Apollo bar and canteen boasts soaring ceilings and generously proportioned windows. Décor, by designer Rune Bruun Johansen, is sparse but full of thoughtful touches, such as Børge Mogensen’s ‘J39’ chairs – inherited from the art school next door, these come with gentle scuffs and paint splatters.
Meanwhile, a row of plaster cast statues, raised against a red wall, brings a dash of drama. The canteen offers one lunchtime dish, while the more intimate bar serves three meals a day, plating tantalising creations such as beef tartare with piment d’espelette and grapefruit. In the warmer months, the adjacent courtyard is the perfect spot to while away time admiring the palatial architecture of the Kunsthal.