As you walk into Restaurant Mes, you instantly get the feeling that you have escaped the vigorous city life. The warm lights and cozy corners of Mes soothe while the raw natural elements give you energy. Head Chef, Andy Clatworthy showed me around the kitchen which led to the courtyard where they grow the fresh greens. At Mes the cuisine is inspired by the seasons and the produce is locally grown. Mads Rye Magnusson, the owner of Mes, deems the restaurant “playful with affordable luxury,” perfectly fitting to the concept of contradictions. This becomes clear when you wine and dine over candle light but are encouraged to eat the appetizers with your hands. At Mes, dinner begins at 5:30 offering a 5 course set menu with a wine pairing option. The intimate restaurant seats 27 in the cozy dining room beside a grand 120 year old German wine cooling cabinet. The dishes are served on earthy platters yet the food is deconstructed and imaginative. The forward thinking food concept is a constant surprise throughout the meal. Of course it looks beautiful and you expect it to taste one way, but once trying it, the abundance of flavors that you experience are nothing short of extraordinary. The modern Nordic cuisine incorporates fresh fish, meat, and hearty vegetables, in a light and clever way.

Caitlin CollinsComment