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Sustainable Restaurant Award 2015, sponsored by Pago Los Balancines


Relae, Copenhagen, Denmark

Sustainable restaurant focuses on simple but delicious fare

The third edition of the Sustainable Restaurant Award, sponsored by Pago Los Balancines, sees new entry Relae in Copenhagen take home the title. The award is given to the restaurant on the 50 Best list with the highest environmental and social responsibility rating, as ranked by audit partner the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). Relae follows in the footsteps of last year’s victor, Azurmendi in Larrabetzu, northern Spain.

Co-owned by director Kim Rossen and chef Christian Puglisi, the restaurant was founded in 2010 with sustainability as part of its core DNA. Over 90% of Relae’s ingredients come from suppliers using fully organic production methods, fish is always sustainable, sugar Fairtrade and salt produced using no chemical intervention.

Relae’s simple unfussy aesthetic is matched by its low-impact approach to the environment: the chairs and tables are recycled, light fixtures LED, cooking is by induction methods, and local deliveries collected by bike. Furthermore, the restaurant partners with a local community centre and organic nursery, with all food waste used as compost. The team helps develop healthy recipes for local schools and offers four-year fully paid apprenticeships to culinary students.

Environmental elite

The top-rated restaurants within the 50 Best list, subject to the SRA’s Global Sustainability Rating include:

Boragó, Santiago, Chile
Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, USA
Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland

Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
Vendôme, Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany

The Sustainable Restaurant Association is an internationally respected and renowned industry body dedicated to putting sustainability at the heart of restaurant operations.