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‘Fika’ is the Swedish term for unwinding, Friends-style, over drinks and a bite to eat in informal surroundings – not something you might expect to discover towards the Bethnal Green Road
end of curry-saturated Brick Lane. Still, jolly post-industrial decor – plus a dash of kitsch styling – set the scene for breakfast, lunch, dinner or coffee and cake in this refreshingly authentic
Scandinavian venue. Wines start at £18.50 (for Chilean Sauvignon Blanc), while grub brings a Swedish meatball melt on sourdough toast, gravadlax, wild mushroom pie, campfire rib-eye with mash and
hickory sauce, rice-stuffed roasted peppers, cheese sliders, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cinnamon rolls and chokladboll (chocolate balls rolled in shredded coconut). It’s all a cut above
what you might expect to find on offer in a certain yellow and blue-painted retail store not far from the North Circular.
Brick Lane, food wise, is synonymous with Indian restaurants and Bagels. There are, of course, other types of eateries though and last month I went to one with blog contributor Claire – who happens to live in the area – to dine at Swedish restaurant and bar, Fika. Fika, which loosely translates as a “coffee break”, is located at the Shoreditch end of Brick Lane. With its modestly sized room, brick exposed walls and vintage furniture it does indeed look and feel like a place to go and have a chillaxing coffee break in. But here they offer more than just coffee.They have an upstairs, shabby chic looking roof...
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Oh Ikea, I blame you for my outrageous addiction to those Swedish meatballs. Fika is conveniently located at the end of Brick Lane. You may recall my Fika experience a few years ago. I’ll explain what Fika is again. Fika is Sweden answer to the English afternoon tea. Instead of tea, people have coffee and some cakes and biscuits.I regularly get my haircut at a salon nearby. Starving and craving meatballs I automatically thought of Fika. Fika welcomed me with open arms. The meatball they sell comes with lingonberry jam sauce and mash...
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It had been a few years since my last visit to Fika Bar & Restaurant before my dinner there last week. The cosy little Scandi eatery at the top of Brick Lane seems to be as popular with the hipster set and as Swedish as it ever was. Never been to Fika or, like me, haven’t been in quite some time? With Xmas on the way and a special Jutallrik menu to celebrate the festive season, now’s a topical time to visit.Jutallrik means “Christmas plate” in Swedish. It’s a mini smörgåsbord of traditional Swedish treats...
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