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Public House
Price range: US$25 - US$100
Cuisines: German
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Indre By (Inner City)
Reviewed 27 July 2011

What a disappointment this visit turned out to be. The pictures on their website make it look like a cosy place, but there was no atmosphere whatsoever.

We had found a presumably good deal - three courses for just around DKK 100 (£11) - the starter was a very bland pea soup accompanied by a tiny dry scone. The main course roasted beef with Yorkshire pudding, gravy + vegetables ... very small portions. The dessert was "Eton mess" ... and this mess we had to wait almost an hour to get ... twice I was ready to leave due to this waiting.

The service was sooooo slow! The waitresses seemed friendly enough, but just not properly trained. To top of this bad experience the price of normal water was DKK 40 (£5) as they only had one water bottle size available (75cl). Public House is part of the Cofoco chain - but unfortunately a disgrace to the Cofoco name. Don't go there is all I can say.

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1  Thank CPHDot
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Reviewed 12 July 2011

Colleagues booked - was part of their special menu week here

food was very simply prepared and not very good - a ½ sausage and a piece of cheese with dull bread - followed by an uninsiring fish pie - with little fish and a average chocolate mouse and uninspiring wine

Never again

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Thank weejim
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Reviewed 7 April 2011

We went there with quite a large group. Some of the guest had heard about the slow service. Luckily this is not a problem any longer. The waites was fast and professional and took good care of us.

Even though the place was almost sold out we got a good and not the least fast service.

The food was genuine and good. the starters wich was duck and foie gras was indeed very good.

We only had one minor clucth on the evening, we waited for a while for the dessert, but the overall experience was very nice. Not at all like the previous guest has warned agains on this page.

This is good value for money.

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Thank Breidablik
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Reviewed 5 April 2011

My enduring impression of the public house is an image of two middle aged women, one standing, hungrily scraping and cutting at a whole chicken in a bowl the size of a soup toureen. The public house is a failed manifesto on public dining. One that apotheizes the relationship between man and the animal he is consuming without warning the customer of the philisophical quagmire that is about to be released upon them.

If you show up at the public house here are five rules you should know in advance: You will be charged for a three course meal. You will be fed entire animals (chicken, fish, beef cuts, and duck) and you will be expected to disect them at table without aid from the wait staff. Every entree feeds two people. If you have an odd number you will be charged for an additional person, but you will be fed only additional vegetables. "Free water" means that you will be charged 20 Danish kroner ($5) per person to drink water, but you will get as much water as they can slosh onto your table while you are seated.

The public house is expensive. You will be seated and treated summarily. Conversation is all that saved our table from all out revolt. The food will take hours to arrive, and if you do not have some basic understanding of how meat is carved from the animal you will starve to death and be forced to scavenge scraps from the tables around you. While you lick and chew at the scraps of the brave pioneer diners that had the nerve and know-how to carve the food flopped down in front of them without introduction you will begin to wonder whether the restaurant you are dining at is an ellaborate hoax. The "free water" is incredible expensive. The beef is 75 Danish kroner ($15) more per person when selected as an entree. The English cheese plate is 75 Danish kroner ($15) more per person when selected as a desert. And though you are encouraged via email to finish your meal within 2.25 hours your server will welcome you to stay as long as you want.

The Public House is anything but public, feeling more like a botched attempt to raise money for a falacious gastonimic charity by gourmands with their nose pressed against window of the dining area, laughing at the idiots too ignorant to realize they're being overcharged, underserved, and generally insulted. It invites the idea of a division between the dining public and the serving ellite and does not confuse which group is of a lower station.

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Thank mstrong909
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Reviewed 8 March 2011

Went there within a party of 4 on a Monday evening. Arrived at 8. There were 3 or 4 tables with people but they left shortly after we arrived, so there were not many customers to attend to (us and another table). The decor is quite nice, but the feeling of emptiness - both of customers and of a very absent staff - brings the atmosphere down.

Our waiter was a nice guy, not that much outspoken but very polite. And that's about the one good thing that can be told about the service. We ordered nearly everything that was on the menu to share and try different things. Starters took about an hour to arrive! They appologised, apparently had had some trouble in the kitchen. We thought the main courses (Wellington steak and pork) would come shortly after finishing starters, but no... nearly another hour went on before they arrived. The steak should take 50m to prepare, but one would expect the time to start counting from when you order, not since the previous dish... apparently they don't start preparing when you order as the 50m turned out over twice that long from the time we ordered.

On top of that, the staff is rarely around. There was a handful of guys behind the bar (not very visible from our table) and I had to leave the table a couple of times to order more water or tell them the wine hadn't come yet after food arrived.

The food was generally very good. The soup and starters where original (mixed feelings about them, but good quality nevertheless). The Wellington steak is excelent and we had a pork dish that was also good. The sides were very good and varied. The desserts were not so impressive, but still very good standard and a few original touches.

In the end we were happy with the food, but it just doesn't taste the same when you spend 3h+ in a restaurant but more than 2/3 of that time is waiting for your food or looking around for any staff. I don't think I will go back there, and I can only recommend it to anyone who has a lot of time or needs to practice hour-long speeches before and in-between courses.

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Thank TheRoadx
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