Restaurant Review: Ekte Nordic Kitchen. If you’re looking for the best restaurants in the City of London, places to eat near St Paul’s or Nordic cuisine in London you’ll enjoy the Ekte Nordic Kitchen.
“Thanks to Soren Jessen for introducing his genuine Nordic Menu to workers in the City of London. Try Smørrebrød, a traditional Rye Bread Open Sandwich and the Cinnamon Bun Ice Cream and you’ll be smitten.”
Ekte Nordic Kitchen Lunch Menu
We booked a table for lunch during the week. You can start with a Snack which could be something simple like the Bread Selection. Or you can select Pickled Cucumber with Smoked Seaweed and Horseradish or Radishes with Whipped Anchovy and Kale Butter.
House Made Cordials
For our starter we ordered two Smørrebrød which is Buttered Rye Bread with toppings. The selection includes Herring, Seafood, Meat and Vegetarian options with a choice of 12. I ate the Avocado with Toasted Seeds, Chilli Flakes and Coriander Cress. Homeboy tried the Deep-Fried Plaice with Curry Remoulade. These are cute little snacks with a pretty presentation, well worth trying if you haven’t before.
Share a few Small Plates or order these as a side to your main. We tried the fabulous Fennel and Cabbage Salad with Walnuts, Orange and Buttermilk Dressing. It was crunchy and very pleasing; you could taste the delightful orange flavour in the dressing. Beer Tartare, Hot Smoked Trout and Soup of the Day were also available.
Fennel and Cabbage Salad
Large Plates comprised of Swedish Potato Dumplings which we ordered. The filling features Peas, Mushrooms and Goats Cheese, these were very good. Other mains were Grilled Chicken Breast, Fish of the Day and a 50 Day Aged Ribeye Steak. Add a side of Seasonal greens, Grilled Hispi Cabbage or Warm Potato and Wild Garlic Salad.
Sticky Chocolate Cake
The portions weren’t particularly large which was great because we got to try the desserts. The Sticky Chocolate Cake (Kladdkaka) with a dollop of Whipped Cream and dusting of Praline was amazing. We also tucked into the Cherry and Almond Tart which was yummy. Cinnamon Bun Ice Cream and Nordic Cheese Plate were available.
Cherry and Almond Tart
To give you the idea of price points – Smørrebrød are £5-7, Snacks £3-5, Small Plates £5-12, Large Plates £15.50-32 and Desserts are £4-9. We tried the Rhubarb with Ginger and Lingonberry House Made Cordials which were refreshing. The wine list includes Champagne, Sparking, Red and White Wine.
Ekte Nordic Kitchen Interiors
Set inside a modern building, the interiors are contemporary and sleek. There isn’t much in the way of decoration expect for the animal trophy head hung on one wall. The white tiled open kitchen is towards the back of the space with a few stools so you can watch the food being prepared. With wooden floors and dark walls, this is a stylish place to enjoy Nordic cuisine. Ekte has a dining room and an adjoining Café with chairs and tables located on a pedestrian street out the front.
Ekte Nordic Kitchen Information
To find out more go to the Ekte Nordic Kitchen Website. The restaurant address is 2-8 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR. The nearest stations are Bank, Mansion House and Cannon Street. It’s a short walk to St Paul’s Cathedral from the restaurant. Current opening times listed are Monday to Friday 7am until 10.30pm, Saturday 10am until 10.30pm and Sunday 10am until 4pm. It is advisable to book a table for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner as the restaurant is very popular. The café serves Allpress Coffee, Cocoon Tea along with pastries and Smørrebrød.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy for dining with me.