Restaurant Niels retrieves its name from the history and the story of The Royal Danish Conservatory of Music that used to be housed in the same building. It was founded in 1867 by one of the most important musicians of Danish times; composer Niels Wilhelm Gade. More than a hundred years after his foundation, The Conservatory moved into the beautiful building that is now our restaurant, where they continued the tradition of composition and music history until 2008. The inspiring work of Niels Wilhelm Gade and The Royal Danish Conservatory of Music is now carried on through the name of our restaurant. Conveniently enough, the restaurant also happens to be located on a street that shares the same name, Niels Brocks Gade.
The Nordic food philosophy on which we base our concept is carried on through the fir-tree sprout in our logo.
The fir-tree is one of few trees that keeps its green twigs through the darkness of the long Scandinavian winter when others wilt and loses their leaves. Thus, its sprouts have become a classic symbol of eternal life, and has been honoured through songs and poems about its protection of the Nordic people. The strength of the fir-tree is also present in the massive fir-wooden floor inside of the restaurant.