Easiest way to find it- get directions to the tourist-filled Absolut Ice Bar by Hotel 27 on Lønganstraede (the over-hyped claustrophobic little freezer-bar. Elderly tourists’ buses line up outside-and the tourists leave saying, "We got taken, paying to go in a silly, cramped freezer room"). Puk is east of it, ~650 feet down the same street (it becomesVandkunsten) on the opposite side, heading away from the City hall area. It’s pretty easy to spot- set back from the road side, the phallic fountain marking the little square in front of Puk-a tall tree or two are nearby.
|Puk's Entrance is to Left of Rear Tables|
The Danish and English menu lists a good number of selections. Tired, we asked our pleasant server, “What’s your recommendation for first timers?” She recommended the combo of herring in Aquavit, sour cream and dill, followed by roast pork for Kr. 188, US$ 31.30 (6 Kr for a dollar now), and a couple others. We enjoyed our glasses of locally brewed Carlsberg beer (52 Kr, or US $ 8.60).
The generous portion of herring in aquavit, sour cream and dill could be a meal for some.
We were not rushed on to the second course. The plates arrived nicely paced, perhaps 5 minutes after we finished the herring. Again, large portions- we were glad we didn’t order appetizers! There’s generous sliced pork with a very good crisp-glazed salty rind of skin and fat-it's not a chicharrón or popcorn-like dry skin. I liked nibbling on the crisp skin, and set aside the subjacent rim of tasty fat. It's an art to have a crisp skin and tender meat. If it was a little less salty on the crust, I'd have given it a "best" rating.
Not surprising that visiting Puk was b’shert, or clearly “meant to be.”
Vandkunsten 8, 1467 Københaven K, Copenhagen, Phone 33-11-14-17,
A few blocks from Rådhuspladsen & Tivoli, Bus: 1A, 2A, or 6A, www.restaurantpuk.dk/
"...Lord, what fools these mortals be!" -Puck
A Midsummer Nights Dream Act 3, scene 2, 110–115