The restaurant Geranium in Copenhagen is the first Danish restaurant ever to earn three stars in the Michelin Nordic guide.
Maaemo in Oslo joins Geranium as just two Nordic restaurants to ever receive three stars, making them part of the exclusive club of just 116 three-star restaurants worldwide.
“This year’s Nordic guide is particularly exciting,” said Rebecca Burr, editor in chief of the Michelin Nordic Guide. “We are welcoming two new three-star restaurants, and, for the first time ever, expanding our reach beyond the major cities and out into the country.”
Burr said that the guide has “handpicked the very best restaurants and hotels throughout Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, and the result is a record number of new stars in 2016.”
A scattering of stars
Denmark’s restaurant sky got a bit brighter, with four new one-star restaurants, and Geranium, who earned the coveted third star.
Danish icon Noma, often near the top of lists of ‘world’s best restaurant’, is a two-star venue, according to Michelin, as is a|o|c.
Other Danish eateries earning first time’s stars were Kadeau on Bornholm, Frederiksminde in Præstø, Henne Kirkeby Kro and Kong Hans Kælder in Copenhagen, which earned back its Michelin star.
Kadeau, Søllerød Kro, Frederikshøj, Den Røde Cottage, Kiin Kiin, Era Ora, Clou, Marchal, Kokkeriet, Grønbech & Churchill, Substans, formel B, Studio at the Standard, Relæ and Gastromé also earned one star.
The Michelin Nordic Guide 2016 can be downloaded free by both iPhone and Android users, and the hardcopy version will be in the shops starting on Friday.
The guide contains a separate list of the starred restaurants in the Nordic countries.