Photo credit: http://www.ilovemygrub.com/restaurant/reviews/2010/madsen.html
In search of something different, I asked you lovely followers on Twitter for some Scandinavian restaurant recommendations in London.
- Ikea. Yes, Ikea. (Sarcasm?)
- Fika on Brick Lane
- Nordic Bar on Newman Street
- Scandinavian Kitchen on Titchfield Street
- Madsen on Old Brompton Road
For the simple reason that it was closest to home and London is like Winter right now, Jorge and I opted for Madsen, a very good suggestion indeed. And actually, quite a lovely place for a date. It’s cosy inside, warm but not too warm with a glowing ambiance from all the tea light candles in their little red holders. The waiter was friendly and the food was beautifully presented and delicious. Also, we sat by a window, which made for good conversation whilst people watching and noticed the blankets folded over the backs of the chairs at the tables outdoors. A nice touch.
I took a few (very poor quality) iPhone photos (which, keep in mind, really, really do it no justice…but better than none!):
We ordered a few glasses of red wine and settled into an amazing starter that included lots of salmon, pine nuts, an orange slice, a tasty sauce and a quiche. Don’t ask me what it was called because it’s not on the menu online, but yum.
For a main, Jorge had:
Danish “Frikadeller” – £13.50 – pork and veal meatballs with traditional red cabbage and gravy
Slow roasted pork belly with crackling – £15.95 – on a compote of baked Jerusalem artichokes and apples served with parsnip chips and rosemary sauce
We shared some Mashed potatoes with celeriac:
And indulged in a bit of dessert because it sounded too mouth-wateringly yummy to turn down:
Swedish Kladdkaka – £ 5.95
Swedish sticky chocolate cake topped with orange ganache and Madsen’s lingonberry ice cream
Total spent ≈ £68
Worth it? Definitely. We will be back.
20 Old Brompton Road
Tube: South Kensington
I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the other suggestions on Twitter. Anyone been to Fika, Nordic Bar or Scandinavian Kitchen? Worth a visit?