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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re aware Copenhagen‘s appeal no longer depends on The Little Mermaid alone. The iconic Noma restaurant, helmed by equally iconic chef René Redzepi, opened in 2003, transforming not only contemporary cuisine on a global scale, but also signalling a nascent culinary scene that would define the Danish capital as a new culinary hub to be reckoned with. It’s within the latter context that almost two decades later Tigermom has emerged as one of the hottest eateries in town. Founded by Lisa Lov, a New Zealand-born chef with mixed Asian roots, the restaurant allows her to take her skills to the next level as an entrepreneur, offering set sharing menus and matching drinks.

Tigermom occupies a lofty and light-filled ground floor unit of an early 20th-century building with a red brick façade, and which, after having been redeveloped, forms part of an upscale apartment complex. Concepted in collab with HOLMRIS B8 and designed by All That Matters, two local practices that effortlessly capture the Nordic sense of design, the aesthetic not only blends East and West, but just as easily pairs lowbrow and highbrow. The most striking element, a bold palette of colours, is captured by walls, specific furnishings and fixtures, and it ties in the terrazzo flooring with quirky flower motif. Upon entering, guests see eye to eye with an open kitchen on a slightly elevated floor where Lov and her staff frantically work their culinary magic.

The eye for detail and layering arguably is best captured here – kitchen walls are covered in oblong grey tiles, and optically framed by a bar setting with comfy stools, pendant lamps and homey parquet flooring. The main dining area takes full advantage of the daylight that floods in through large windows. The set-up is spacious and seating comprises of an elongated bench with a padded backrest covered in a fabric with an Ikat-inspired motif, and paired with tables – some whimsically flaunting a glitter-infused table top – and plastic chairs, in addition to a grand round table smack in the middle. Adding another exotic element is a graphic black + white wall decoration which can also be found near the open kitchen. Location: Tigermom, Ryesgade 25 (Nørrebro).

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