Kiin Kiin is one of Copenhagen’s very best restaurants and was the first Asian restaurant in the city that was rewarded a Michelin star. But while the food there is stunning, the price-tag makes Kiin Kiin a place reserved for special occasions.
Enter: Kiin Kiin Bao Bao. The lower cost, more relaxed sibling of Kiin Kiin opened in Vesterbro a while ago, and it’s already one of our favorite places to eat in this city full of great places.
Kiin Kiin Bao Bao serves modern Asian Tapas. Quick side dishes, pan-Asian style, accompanied by great house cocktails.
And the place is a melting pot. The Asian inspiration is clear, especially from Taiwan and Korea, but with a clear nod to Arne Jacobsen and the famed Danish building Radiohuset in its heyday in the 60s: Custom-built wooden panels on the walls, quilted leather of the rocking chairs made out of quilted leather, brass trays and tables, and lots of stone and basket ware create a stylish yet warm atmosphere.
The staff recommends ordering eight to ten small dishes to share for two people, and that recommendation is spot on. The stars of the kitchen are of course the steamed Bao buns, which come in four different varieties. The kitchen produces its own kimchi, the classic fermented cabbage, and comes up with really inventive small dishes that all taste wonderful. The wine list is structured by seasons, but we’d always go with one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails. For something else, order a glass of Soju, Korea’s version of vodka, or Kiin Kiin’s own Mikkeller beer.
Kiin Kiin Bao // Vesterbrogade 96 // Copenhagen // Mon-Fri 5pm-12am, Sat/Sun 12pm-12am // website