Alchemist - Copenhagen

Alchemist - Copenhagen

Alchemist is located on Refshaleøen, a remote part of Copenhagen known for its industrial buildings and a famous former shipyard. You have to go to the very end of the stretch before you get to the two-ton-heavy bronze doors with decorations reminiscent of Narnia or Middle-Earth, which lead you into the mystical world of Alchemist. Wait for a few moments and they will automatically swing open. Let the show begin!

This is a restaurant that gives new meaning to the phrase “over the top.” Located in the former set-building workshop of the Royal Danish Theatre, it sprawls across 22,000 square feet and culminates beneath the kind of dome most of us first encounter on a school field trip to the planetarium. It employs 30 cooks for the 40 guests who will dine each night, along with a handful of costumed actors and a staff dramaturge, hired to imbue the four-plus-hour meal with classical theater’s narrative arc (albeit in five acts rather than a standard three). The price comes to about $600 for diners who opt for the cheapest wine pairing. The cost of the buildout, handily underwritten by Saxo Bank co-founder Lars Seier Christensen, came to $15 million, a full-ish 10 times over its original budget, according to Munk.