ON SCENE IN SALZBURG
The Nordic critics darling of 2* Michelin AOC in Copenhagen performs his culinary excellence at Restaurant Ikarus in Salzburg this December.
It’s not often you walk into a restaurant with two Michelin stars located in a mansion and find that it smells just like home. But walk through the doors of AOC in Copenhagen and the smell of wood smoke and reduced bouillon of Jerusalem artichokes hits you like a triple shot of aquavit.
Result; a hunger-rousing welcome for anyone who loves good food.
This December Søren Selin hopes to recreate this feeling in very different surroundings, being the equally 2* Michelin Restaurant Ikarus helmed by French Executive Chef Martin Klein and patroned by 3* Michelin German Eckart Witzigmann, awarded “Chef of the Century” by Gault Millau.
Ikarus is located in Hangar 7 – a multifunctional and architectural dazzling pearl situated close to Salzburg Airport, with a collection of 25 historical airplanes, helicopters and Formula One racing cars, also housing Ikarus, two bars, a lounge, aircraft and the capsule of Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner‘s epic skydiving from a helium ballon 39 km above Earth.
Hangar 7 is owned by Red Bull founder, multi-billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz.
Each month, Restaurant Ikarus hosts a different celebrated chef, and chefs come from all over the world to feature their own menus at the hangar restaurant.
Previous patrons includes René Redzepi, Joan Roca, Massimo Buttora, Alex Atala, Grant Achatz, Eneko Atxa, Rasmus Kofoed, Pascal Barbot, Jean-George Vongericheten, Sven Elverfeld and Daniel Humm, to name a few.
Earlier this year Martin Klein visited AOC to get an in-depth understanding of Chef Selin’s cooking philosophy, also visiting producers, below with Søren Wiuff – one of the most forward-thinking farmers in Denmark.
“In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous”: this quote from Aristotle, also represents the guiding principle of AOC. The philosophy of the restaurant is deeply rooted in nature and the region, from which Søren Selin and his team select the best products and then put a great deal of effort into processing them in line with his “pure flavour concept”.
The top priorities of this are the respect for nature and the ingredients coupled with a modern approach and the use of innovative technologies. “I’m fully aware that AOC is already amongst the absolute top restaurants in Denmark”, says Selin, “however it is my clear aim to elevate the restaurant to an even higher level”.
An ambitious plan that he looks likely to achieve in an impressive manner: in 2015, AOC was awarded its second star in the Michelin Guide, making it one of only three restaurants in Denmark to have achieved this honour, back then putting it on a par with René Redzepi’s Noma and Rasmus Kofoed’s Geranium.
SØREN SELIN’S MENU
Crudité | Potato cooked in hay | Nordic Taco | Truffle Gruyère Toast
Kohlrabi with apple, green kale and tarragon cream
Scallop with fermented asparagus, radise and crown dild
Baked onion with Imperial caviar and elderflower
Blue lobster with red currant and flowers
Lemon Sole “Barbecue“
Ceps with dried beef’s heart, pear and black truffle
Glazed quail with smoked bone marrow, apple and sorrel
Raw-marinated pumpkin with parsley ice cream and sea buckthorn sauce
Burnt Jerusalem artichoke, roasted hazelnuts, salty caramel and chestnut
Nordic Taco; small pancake with biodynamic ox tartar, pickled ramson flower, cress, rhubarb chutney, horse radish cream and smoked beetroot powder.
Baked onion with Imperial caviar and elderflower (served table side).
Burnt Jerusalem artichoke, roasted hazelnuts, salty caramel and chestnut.
DETAILS IN SHORT
What: Søren Selin’s Menu at Restaurant Ikarus.
When: All December.
Where: Hangar 7, Wilhelm-Spazier-Straße 7a, 5020 Salzburg.
Price: 175,00 € per person.
Reservations: Call +43-662-2197-0 or through this link.
For generel inquiries on Søren Selin, please contact Kristian Brask Thomsen at:
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Photos by Signe Birck, Helge Kirchberger and Hangar 7.