There are so many restaurants in London I sometimes feel a bit guilty going back to the same one twice, let alone three or four times, but there are a few we can’t stay away from and Madsen is one of them!
Not only is this South Ken gem incredibly close to home, it serves up some delicious Scandinavian treats that combine interesting ingredients (as you’ll see in our meals below) and they switch up their selective menu so there’s always something new to try.
Jorge and I first ate at Madsen about a year ago on a Twitter recommendation from an LLO reader (thank you!) and last week was probably our fourth visit. As usual, it didn’t disappoint.
He had a Danish beer and I started out with some elderflower juice – a perfect refreshing drink for Summer.
As a starter, we shared a delicious Nordic salad full of different textures: mixed leaves, cauliflower flakes, roasted hazelnuts, pomegranate and Västerbotten cheese with an apple cider vinaigrette. Yum!
They also brought out a few slices of bread, which tasted freshly baked and with what I think may have been caraway seeds and butter with a bit of sea salt to spread on top.
For a main, I went for the “Lightly salt-cured chicken breast from the grill garnished with a tomato, mint and pickled candy beets salad. Served with a buttery jus.” It came with what we found out was baked mango!
Jorge had the grilled rump steak beef rump steak served with grilled tomato, blackberry sauce and a mild wild garlic purée.
The only disappointment this time around was that there were no chocolate desserts on the menu! The one we had on our first trip (Swedish sticky chocolate cake topped with orange ganache and Madsen’s lingonberry ice cream) was delicious! But we decided to go for scoops of vanilla ice cream with hot fudge from the kid’s menu.
The snapdragons on each table reminded me of our garden when we were kids. I made Jorge open its mouth.
Oh, the little things…
The food sounds delicious! I think I may have to add this to my List, especially as I work in Kensington.
Perfect! Definitely do. We were going to go again on Sunday night, but apparently they are only open till 4 on Sundays. Boo 😦
I love Madsen! Great little place just a short walk from my apartment. Best, Anne
Yea, mine too – makes it all the more appealing, doesn’t it? 🙂
It’s closing on 28th Sep! Only a week to go for a final visit! http://www.madsenrestaurant.com/