A Scandinavian Supper at Madsen

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…

Madsen: A Scandinavian Restaurant in London

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.

Your recommendations?

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

 I ordered:
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?