Scandinavian food has truly taken hold of our imagination and our stomachs. Home to eight Michelin-starred restaurants, it is not surprising the capital of Sweden is now one of the leading influences in cuisine around the world. We have tracked down the restaurants with the best Scandinavian food on offer for you to enjoy in London, or if you’re lucky, Stockholm itself.
A sleek red and black accented café and shop in Central London, ScandiKitchen offers their customers a warm welcome and an enjoyable Scandinavian feast. Their café is the perfect place for an introduction to Scandinavian food, with the pick and choose menu a fantastic opportunity to try different dishes. We recommend the Smorgasbord of open sandwiches; either three or five depending on how greedy and intrigued you feel. The delicious filings include Danish pork liver pate with honey pancetta and a classic Gravadlax, both on dark rye bread. Of course, you have to finish with one of the freshly baked cakes of the day such as Kladdkaka, sticky Swedish chocolate cake, or the World’s Best Norwegian meringue cake. With the shop shelves stocked full of Scandinavian groceries, ScandiKitchen gives their customers the perfect opportunity to try cooking a feast in their own kitchen.
Oslo is a newly opened eating, drinking and dancing destination which draws on the Nordic aesthetic and style. Located in Hackney, Oslo’s stylish and evocative interiors of low hanging lights, exposed brick work and sleek minimalistic furniture perfectly complements the Scandinavian menu on offer. The innovative, enticing menu includes soused sardines with akavit butter and rye toast, hot smoked salmon salad with avocado jellies and the option of bottomless Bloody Mary on a Sunday. As well as hosting a wonderful menu, Oslo’s event calendar is already jam-packed with exciting live music and DJ sets. A fun and ambitious venue, Oslo is ready to be enjoyed by the East London scene.
Nordic Bakery brings a taste of the North to three establishments across Marylebone and Soho. These charming authentic cafes offer hearty cinnamon buns, soft Tosca cakes and the darkest rye bread sandwiches brimming with egg and herring and brie with lingonberry, all served alongside excellent, invigorating coffee. Along with the hearty Scandinavian fare, the tableware and furniture are sourced from Nordic designers, creating a peaceful, serene meeting place with stunning attention to detail. Nordic Bakery invites people to retreat from the frantic city life. However we think it is the addictive squishy, sugary buttery cinnamon buns which you will be returning for.
DEN GYLDENE FREDEN:
Serving authentic Nordic cooking since 1722, Den Gyldene Freden is a staple of the Scandinavian restaurant scene. While their menu has changed and adapted over the years the philosophy of taking time to cook and enjoy good food remains the same. The chefs look to international influences and techniques to help enhance and modernise the delicious Nordic menu they have mastered. This imaginative menu includes pan fried arctic char with scallop and anchovies baked fennel, cold-smoked reindeer tartar with capers and truffle mayonnaise and chocolate cake with nut meringue and buckthorn ice cream. The stunning historic building helps to create the perfect atmosphere, with a friendly, welcoming ambience and world class service. One not to be missed.
Simple, wonderfully delicious Swedish comfort food. If this is what you are looking for, look no further then Tradition the best restaurant for truly authentic Scandinavian fare. With their motto of ‘Svensk husmanskost, punkt slut’, meaning ‘Swedish traditional cuisine, period’ it is a fantastic way to taste the country’s history and tradition. The classic selection includes Swedish caviar and cheese dip with crusty bread, pork filled with potato dumplings with butter and lingon berries and, the ultimate classic, meatballs with all the trimmings. A great recommendation for someone’s first taste of Sweden.
A culinary destination for Stockholm’s foodies ever since it opened, Speceriet is a modern, contemporary dining experience. Diners are invited to eat at one of two communal tables, a great experience for tourists and locals to mingle and enjoy food together. While the menu changes depending on what locally sourced, seasonal food is available previous dishes have included tarte-flambé with potatoes, onions and raw beef and roasted red beets with an egg yolk, parsley and watercress. Speceriet is an informable, laid back dining experience combined with outstanding ingredients and world-class food.