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The massive bronze doors that lead into Alchemist are designed by Danish artist, Maria Rubinke.

Alchemist

Exclusively offering a 50-course tasting menu, Alchemist has been designed to take diners on both a physical and intellectual journey. Get a peek inside the mysterious bronze doors and experience a restaurant like you have never seen it before. 

Restaurant — Copenhagen
Rasmus Munk and Duncalf Ltd — Photo: Claus Troelsgaard

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HeartOak — Balcony Lounge
Thickness 30 mm. Width 400 mm. Length 2-5 m.
Finish DarkCoco Oil

HeartOak — Wine Cellar
Thickness 30 mm. Width 400 mm. Length 2-5 m.
Finish Natural Oil

HeartOak, Squares in bespoke metal frame — Gallery Room
Thickness 30 mm. Width 500 mm. Length 500 mm. 
Finish Natural Oil

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Alchemy is an ancient practice shrouded in mystery and secrecy. Its practitioners sought to turn lead into gold - a quest that has captured people’s imaginations for thousands of years.

The art of turning lead into gold has yet to be discovered, but Rasmus Munk – the head chef and founder of the Alchemist - has found a way to transform and transcend the nature of food and dining into an experience that goes beyond the plate.

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The biggest dining room at the Alchemist is topped by a huge dome roof measuring 18 metres in diameter.

The dome can be projected with moving images ranging from a sky streaked with beautiful northern lights to a stunning Japanese garden. 

The mythical experience starts on Refshaleøen, an old industrial area in Copenhagen which today sets the scene for food and culture. It might be difficult to know whether you have found Alchemist, were it not for the two tons heavy bronze doors, designed by Danish Artist Maria Rubinke, indicating that you have reached your destination – Copenhagen’s new gourmet restaurant – the most hyped restaurant in the world.

A swarm of enthralling jellyfish floating amongst plastic bags projected at the dome. Much plastic is found in the stomach of cod and this awareness Rasmus has transformed into a dish of grilled cod jaw topped with edible plastic made from cod skin bouillon and served on a platter of plastic gathered from the sea.

Like you have just said a secret password, the doors silently open to the Alchemist, revealing a mysterious, dark room and there is no doubt in your mind that you are about to experience something out of the ordinary.

Like a labyrinth, guests are guided through up to 50 culinary impressions through a mesh of sensory expressions – all beautifully orchestrated by head chef Rasmus Munk.

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After the dome a lift leads the way up to the balcony lounge area where dessert is served. Here dark HeartOak planks set the scene for a cosy atmosphere.

At age 24, Rasmus Munk opened the first Alchemist restaurant and quickly became famous for his political approach to gastronomy. It could be serving an edible ashtray that set focus on lung cancer or attaching a donor card to a tartare dish so guests could sign up as organ donors. And now, 4 years later, Rasmus Munk is the mastermind behind the version 2.0 of the Alchemist.

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"Our goal at Alchemist is to create a separate and unique universe for our guests. We have chosen to use Dinesen’s HeartOak floors in our wine cellar and balcony lounge to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that only living materials can create."

Rasmus Munk

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HeartOak Squares laid in a bespoke made metal frame function as the floor in the gallery-style room, where different artists will be invited to create immersive installations. 

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At the time of opening, the gallery-style room was covered in colourful illustrations by New York-based Japanese graffiti artist Lady AIKO, which depict New York street scenes.

It is Munk's vision to use food as a mediator for his message, and he tells his story through food, scenography and sensory expressions as both ethical, political and cultural questions are on the menu.

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HeartOak stair treads connecting the three-storey wine cellar.

Dinesen is proud to take part in setting the frame for this truly extraordinary experience. HeartOak Squares in metal frames greet the guests in the New York room designed by New York-based Japanese graffiti artist Lady AIKO. HeartOak planks adorn the floor in the top balcony lounge area, adding a mysterious ambiance to the beautiful room. Just like HeartOak can be experienced in the extraordinary three-storey wine cellar where it also forms the stairs.

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The floor in the three-storey glass wine cellar is solid Dinesen HeartOak planks. The exclusive wine cellar can hold up to 10,000 bottles.

As a guest, you can also experience The Dinesen Furniture Collection as tables, stools and shelving units decorate the wine cellar, the private dining room and internal meeting room – both in Douglas and Oak, all with a dark finish – adding to the mysterious ambiance of the space. 

If you wish to experience the Alchemist yourself, book here.

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