Eatery brings whimsy to Copenhagen dining

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- This city's energy bounces off the Portuguese-tiled walls at the whimsical Peder Oxe restaurant.

The fun starts with the menu: Rare mushrooms are described as "extravagant," and strawberries are said to be "seductive."

The eatery is known for its salad bar, which has crisp produce but is not huge by American standards.

Most of the patrons I saw were with families. Singles mingled downstairs in the cavelike wine cellar bar, which is built around huge stones left over from the site of a 1238 monastery.

The neighboring Coconut Bar -- a refuge on dark and chilly nights -- has a sand-covered floor and a "shower" where revelers can dump a bucket of water over their heads.

Those who crave pasta after midnight haunt the neighboring Pasta Basta restaurant, which stays open until 5 a.m.

The restaurants are set on the 17th century Grabrodre Torv Square, just off Stroget, the city's main shopping street.

Peder Oxe, Phone: (011) 45-33 110-077

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