May 23, 2019 | By Alice Gividen
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Scandinavian food has long been an influencer on international cuisine, famed for its simplistic, clean and healthy approach – a defining overall aesthetic of the culture. And with a number of Swedish and Norwegian cafes and restaurants now opening in London, it’s fair to say this is the foodie trend taking over the city this autumn. These are the top three venues you’ve got to try…
1) Rok: The one for trendies
Current number one on our list is brand-new Nordic smokehouse and bar Rok, based on Curtain Road near Old Street in the East End. The brainchild of Frida Lindmark, the new joint focuses on typically Scandi food techniques including brining, pickling and smoking, applying it to quality British ingredients.
The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a late night cocktail venue to follow downstairs soon. Expect dishes including smoked short rib of beef with birch syrup, or duck leg with bacon and lingonberry jam.
2) Lundenwic: The one for brunch
Following a trip to Copenhagen, owners Oliver Hiam and Dominic Hamdy became inspired to open a cafe offering a contemporary take on classic Danish food. The menu is perfect for breakfast – with a range of healthy porridges, as well as some delicious but not-so-healthy pastries including cinnamon buns.
For lunch, expect plenty of fresh salads, rye bread sandwiches and toasties. If you’re after a caffeine fix, try out the Workshop espresso blends and ever-changing guest coffees. At Lundenwic, there is a clear emphasis on seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients, with one of our favourite summery salads being the pickled peach, green bean, and feta cheese, with added hazelnuts for a tasty crunch.
The interiors feel light and fresh and oh-so-Scandi, with a focus on simple, functional and clean fixtures and fittings and plenty of natural light.
3) Fika Swedish Bar and Grille: The tried and tested favourite
Although not new, we love this cosy spot in Brick Lane, serving simplistic, fresh Scandinavian food such as Swedish meatballs, open rye bread sandwiches and delicious desserts as well as coffee and cinnamon buns.
It’s the perfect spot for lunch with friends or colleagues, though it also does a mean Swedish breakfast if you’ve enjoyed yourself a little too much at the weekend…
Our top tip? Head upstairs to the small roof terrace and enjoy a coffee while you work. It’s a great little space but as it’s quite hidden remains relatively unknown.
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