Restaurant Review: Borealis Cafe. We decided to pop in and try the ‘To Go Menu’ at the newly opened Borealis Cafe located on Borough High Street. There is also a restaurant and private dining room with terrace which I’m hoping to try at a later date (hint, hint). If you’re looking for healthy take-away food in Borough or you fancy trying Nordic cuisine, you must visit the Borealis Cafe.
“Treat your taste buds to a Nordic inspired take-away lunch of Smørrebrød with a healthy salad devised by Danish restauranteur Soren Jessen,” Homegirl London
Borealis Cafe To Go Lunch Menu
The ‘To Go’ lunch menu is perfect if you’re looking for a healthy option. The food here is fresh, sustainable and locally sourced. You can take it away and consume at one of Southwark’s pocket parks. If you have to work through your lunch break, poor you, but at least you’ll have something tasty to munch on! There are a few tables located near the take-away counter, which we took advantage of.
We tried four rye bread open faced sandwiches known as Smørrebrød. These are all served on house rye and looked stunning, like little edible works of art. Homeboy thought the prawn with sliced egg, lemon mayonnaise droplets and dill garnish was super tasty. Other seafood variants included smoked Var salmon with capers, hot smoked trout with grilled asparagus and fried plaice fillet. Meat Smørrebrød included rare roast beef with celeriac and horseradish remoulade, roast pork with pickled cucumber and chicken with tarragon mayo.
Heritage Tomato Smørrebrød
I was smitten by the heritage tomato version with aubergine and basil mayo sprinkled with lovage. The avocado option with toasted pumpkin seeds, a dash of lemon and chilli plus coriander seasoning was wonderful. We also tried sliced egg with mustard and cress plus mayo which was lovely.
They have three vegan / vegetarian salads which change on a regular basis. You can get a box of all three if you can’t decide. On our visit these were potatoes with capers, mustard, herbs, lemon and vinaigrette. Butternut with kale, hazelnuts and lingonberries. Fennel with white cabbage, orange, walnuts, sultanas and buttermilk. We had four Smørrebrød and a box of salad between two people which was plenty. Salad is £3.50 while the Smørrebrød is £4-5.25. You can also order drinks and pastries which include cinnamon buns (yummy).
Borealis Cafe Interiors
The food counter is on the ground floor in the foyer of a new building on the corner of Borough High Street and Marshalsea Road. You’ll see an expanse of glass frontage opposite Borough station. The cafe is on the ground floor which consists of a counter where you can view the food and place your take-out order. There a few tables if you want to stay and eat your food. The interior design is spacious, open and contemporary. This building also houses the Borealis Restaurant which sits within the new Fora co-working space.
Borealis Cafe Information
To find out more about the cafe go to the Borealis Website. The restaurant address is 180 Borough High Street, London SE11LB. The nearest station is Borough underground on the Northern Line or you can walk from London Bridge station. Current opening times listed are Monday to Friday 7am until 7pm for the Cafe To Go Food.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy for dining with me.