Looking for something a bit different? Try one of London’s incredible Scandinavian restaurants. We love exploring London’s melting pot of different cuisines, so we’re always keen to try the latest Nordic export! Here are a few of our favourite spots for your next smorgasbord.
71 Brushfield Street, London E1 6AA
O Food founders Jens Hannibal, Mikkel Maarbjerg and Nikolaj Kirk harness the idea of sustainable, locally sourced eating in their sandwich bar with a difference. They lock in on sustainability by making their suppliers and workers part of a shared ownership scheme. On the plate there are plenty of seafood dishes (a sustainable alternative to meat) and a seasonal Danish fish soup.
61 Great Titchfield Street London W1W 7PP
ScandiKitchen is all about food from all over Scandinavia. The café serves open sandwiches and a large grocery selection with over 600 goodies from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. Get your Danish fix here!
Rök Smokehouse and Bar
26 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3NZ
Rök, a Nordic smokehouse restaurant and bar, has just opened in Shoreditch. Rök, which means ‘smoke’ in Swedish, uses techniques such as brining, pickling and smoking, applied to British ingredients. Consultant chef Matt Young has created a menu consisting of smoked meat, cures, pickles and vegetable dishes commonly found across Northern Europe, as well as a range of salads and vegetarian dishes such as charred broccoli, pumpkin seeds and toasted almonds.
301-303 Chiswick High Road, London W4 4HH
Awarded a Michelin star in 2013 and amongst the top 100 restaurants in the world, Hedone is run by food blogger-turned-chef-patron Mikael Jonsson, who has taken the restaurant scene by storm with his skilful approach to ingredient selection and technique.
1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London E8 1LL
Oslo is a bar, kitchen and venue in the heart of Hackney Central. Drawing on a Nordic aesthetic, top quality food and drinks are served alongside an exciting music programme in a unique space of a redeveloped railway station.
Cooper and Wolf
145 Chatsworth Road, Lower Clapton E5 0LA
This family run café offers a menu of honest home cooked Swedish food inspired by head chef Paul and owner Sara’s family recipes, which go back generations. Dishes include Swedish meatballs, fresh fish and vegetarian options. Using quality seasonal produce, Paul and Sara pickle their own herring and make their own gravlax in-house. They also bake Swedish cinnamon buns (Kanelbullar) and a selection of cakes daily.
Curious Yellow Kafe
77 Pitfield Street, London
Curious Yellow Kafe is a brilliant Stockholm-inspired spot. The owners want to bring memories of Stokholm cafes to London, with their neighbourhood cosy, relaxed café. The menu changes often, but you can count on a few Swedish staples being on it: meatballs, homecured fish, homebaked cakes and tarts – and then of course freshly baked Swedish Cinnamon Buns!
161 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB
Fika in its truest sense it means to have a coffee break. But this has evolved into a cultural phenomenon combining food, drink and company. Now Fika London have brought ‘Fika’ to the capital, with their relaxed café serving Scandi favourites from Lak Planka to Blueberry Chicken.
25 Newman Street, London W1T 1PN
Sourced direct from Scandinavia, using traditional recipes, Nordic Bar in Fitzrovia serves a wide variety of smorgasbord dishes, sandwiches and snacks. Don’t forget to try their famous meatballs.
Snaps and Rye
93 Golborne Road, London W10 5NL
Specialising in Danish cuisine, Snaps and Rye is situated in the heart of Notting Hill on Golborne Road. The restaurant itself embodies all that is great about Scandi design, and their food includes incredible open-faced sandwiches such as frikadeller (meatballs) with blue cheese croquette, red cabbage, roast apple purée and a crisped slice of own-made rye bread.
Hansen & Lydersen
Whilst it’s not strictly a restaurant, we had to mention Hansen & Lydersen – it’s the place to go to get your authentic Norwegian smoked salmon. Each Hansen & Lydersen salmon is carefully hand-filleted and hand-salted according to a family recipe devised by Norwegian fishmonger Lyder-Nilsen Lydersen in 1923. It is then traditionally hung and slowly cold-smoked in the brick kiln of a Stoke Newington smokehouse where it moves in the wind for 12 hours to the sound of Ole Hansen’s jazz music. True to four generations of Hansen and Lydersen craft, Ole Hansen insists on producing his salmon according to the long-standing smoking traditions that have made his family’s success for over 80 years.
77 Brewer Street, London W1F 9ZN
If you’re looking for a Scandi take on steak, head to Soho steakhouse MASH! A Modern American Steak House with a Danish twist, the Brewer Street restaurant is the perfect place to treat yourself to cocktails, prime steaks, wines and sumptuous sides, in the most luxurious of settings.