The 50-course future of fine dining at Copenhagen’s Alchemist
Opening on July 4, the restaurant promises ‘holistic cuisine’ — a blend of food, drama and art
A slab of pork stabbed with a syringe of chili oil may turn off even the most ardent gourmet, but to Copenhagen’s gastro-provocateur Rasmus Munk, it’s all part of the fun. The dish — a comment on antibiotic use in pig rearing — is typical of the politically charged 50-course tasting menu at the 28-year-old chef’s latest venture.
Alchemist is due to open its 4m-high, custom-made bronze doors on July 4, after a two-year construction job that has cost $15m, 10 times its initial budget. The restaurant seats 40 for a five-hour meal that, with wine, costs about 4,000 kroner ($600). Despite the price, the waiting list already runs to 15,000 people.