Curry is ALWAYS a good idea. Thats what I thought last night. Especially when you are in the middle of exams and you need a GOOD excuse to procrastinate.
I love indian food.
If you would ask me what my favourite dish was - no doubt - I could eat a good butter chicken any time. If its Italian, Japanese, Mexican, French or Spanish or even Thai cuisine... The is nothing that beats Indian food! Every now and then I get those cravings for a aromatic and spicy Indian dish.
Did you know that Indian food is one of the healthiest in the world? Besides the fact that many Indian dishes are vegan or vegetarian the main health benefits comes from the large varieties of spices they use.
Chilli, Turmeric, Masala, Garlic, Ginger, Cardamom, Cinnamon - ALL considered super foods
They have medical and healing benefits: Just to mention a few. The spices aids digestion, fight diseases, balance your blood sugar or are inflammatory.
Copenhagen - you better sit down and listen because you have to add this to the top restaurants in town.
Honestly, I would have never expected a really good Indian food place in a Nordic country. Don't feel offended, but you know what I mean. No one really would expect Scandinavians to be master chefs at balancing spices or baking Bhrata or making Bhindi. I mean for non Indian the words 'curry and naan' is already THE Indian cuisine. But there is so much more to discover guys!
I have tried Indian food all over the places. In the UK, Vienna, Germany, blabla.. There is nothing like the Indian food IN India.
Guru -seriously- really surprised me. Enough now of talking - scroll and have a look!
Come in and get seated
Atmosphere is great. I loved whole wall decoration. Giving the whole place and authentic Indian flair. It is handcrafted sandal wood planks made in Jaipur. It reminds me a lot about the handicrafts you find in Indian temples.
The cocktail bar.
A little temple which those beautiful Indian goddess statues.
No worries! they will never run out of spices!
And not to forget about the amazing three large tandoori ovens!
There is nothing better than Naan fresh from the tandoori oven - you can watch the chefs freshly baking them in front of you.
Big fan of their interior. It is a Indian-Scandinavian fusion. Clean and chic with an Indian touch and beautiful details. White, wood and copper elements - thats exactly my taste of interior. The lamps are called Orient Pendant made by a famous Swedish designer
Now, the food.
Tandoori grilled Tiger prawns with garlic, coriander, mango and ginger on a bed of roasted coleslaw. They serve is hot and sizzling involving all senses!
Two traditional curries with chilli chutney and crispy Naan bread coming straight and freshly baked from their huge tandoori ovens.
I ordered a Bhuna Garlic Chicken - one of the top recommendations of the staff. He had Butter Lamb. Both dishes tasted amazing! The garlic chicken is a famous Punjabi dish from the North of India. The skinless chicken meat is simmering in a fresh garlic curry garnished with coriander and lime. Perfect simplicity. However, I was a bit jealous of his lamb. The Butter Lamb is marinated and cooked in red butter curry sauce with spices. The meat was incredibly soft, melting in your mouth and the spices perfectly balanced. Best lamb I have tasted so far for sure. I will definitely go for that the next time!
Do it Indian style! Dig in!
Did you know w h y Indian people prefer to eat with their hands? It not a lack of cutlery or bad manors or a matter of hygiene. It is basing on the wisdom of Ayurveda not to eat too hot. Basically, if you can touch it you can eat it. The hands feel the temperature of the food which forks don't and often times you dont only burn your mouth but also your stomach. Ouch!
Moreover, another sense is involved - TOUCHing the food- which makes it taste even better! You become more conscious about the taste, the texture, the scent which adds another level to your overall dining experience. So don't feel bad eating with your hands the next time you visit an Indian restaurant - This is how you do it, baby!
There is always space for dessert!
We shared some made pistachio Kulfi which an Indian ice cream speciality made with cardamom and rose water topped with caramelized pistachio nuts .
Last but not least - THE traditional drink
it tasted like a piece of India. Gosh, this is making me nostaligic - those Alfonso Mangoes are simply the BEST.
GURU uses a secret recipe for their lassi as making their own homemade yoghurt.
The lassi was not too sweet - exactly how I like it! I loved its fresh fruity mango taste the creamy richness from homemade yogurt and the smoothness down my throat. It is just the perfect balance after a hot and spicy curry. Having a lassi after food is not only super tasty but very healthy as it aids digestion increasing intestinal comfort.
Add it to the list.
Nomad in Sydney, Potato Head on Bali, Aldo's Restaurante Leonardo in Hanover, Kussmaul in Vienna - deal with it because you get a new sibling on my top favourite food places - It's Guru in Copenhagen!
GURU is a highlight!
"Eins mit Sternchen" - thats probably how I would rate it in German. I think this is one of the best places I have had Indian food so far and you should definitely check it out. You won't be disappointed!
Guru is the first Indian restaurant that has opened in Copenhagen in 1973. It was called Indian Taj until last year when the owner decided to remodel the whole appearance. Together with Henning Larsen a great Danish Architects Indian Taj was upgraded and designed. Now being named GURU, the restaurant is a very modern indian restaurant with exceptional traditional Indian food - it can definitely compete with the best in New York or London.
The staff is great, nice friendly, having time for a chat. The service was excellent, polite and attentive which is VERY rare to find good service in a restaurant in Denmark.
The menu offers a large variety of curries, traditional Ayurvedic dishes and other traditional indian specialities (which I will definitely try the next time I go - probably very very soon :P ) The food is of highest quality using only the best ingredients and spices with everything homemade from the scratch. The flavours are authentic and the the decor is very well chosen and balanced. Great taste, Ricky! If you are lucky you will see the owner and his beautiful daughter around.
Make sure you book a table as it is packed any day! It is perfect for any occasion: causal dinner with friends, official business meetings or the first date.
Curry in a hurry? No problem for Guru!
If are in a rush, you don't feel like dining and rather want to enjoy your Indian delicacies at home there is 'GURU to go' right next door!
'Guru' and 'Guru to go' are located close to the Town Hall and Vesterport right in the center of Copenhagen. Yay, its just a drop-out-of-the-door from my place which will make my next visit a lot more likely :)
see you at
Jernbanegade 5 • 1608 Copenhagen V • Denmark