Aquavit 22

St James’s Market, 1 Carlton Street , London, SW1Y 4QQ

1 reviews

67 Scandinavian St. James's

  • Aquavit London St James s Market Scandinavian restaurant
  • Aquavit London St James s Market Scandinavian restaurant

SquareMeal Review of Aquavit

Nordic noir, hygge, Noma – the world has become obsessed with all things Scandi in recent years, although New York’s two-Michelin-starred Aquavit has been banging the drum since 1987. As expected, its handsome new London outpost showcases all those enviable Nordic design tropes, from superb lighting to close-set, unclothed tables set with Georg Jensen cutlery and staff in Filippa K uniforms. The food is defined by clean flavours, simple presentation and healthy ingredients. A smörgåsbord of small plates might include prawns Skagen (basically prawn cocktail on toast), velvety black pudding sharpened with mouth-puckering lingonberries, little pots of pickled veg, and an excellent version of celeriac rémoulade. To follow, a rich veal cheek set off by dill and salt-baked onions also hits the mark, likewise an ‘Arctic bird’s nest’ pudding involving an ‘egg’ of goats’ cheese parfait nestling in a tangle of tuile strands. This is on-trend cooking served in a beautiful room that epitomises cutting-edge Scandinavian design rather than the homely comfort of hygge.

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10.0

Food & Drink: 10.0

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 8.0

Value: 10.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Lynn W. platinum reviewer 08 April 2017

A sunny spring day and lunch with a girlfriend, lovely light room and a great value, though brief, set lunch menu. I had the cured salmon with dill, radish and buttermilk, beautifully presented and with the crisp seeded knäckebröd and dense rye bread I was back in Copenhagen. This was followed by perfectly cooked cod with carrots, leeks and cardamom, all very delicious. And we tried the warm rosehip soup with vanilla ice cream and almonds for dessert, not something I've had before but it was simple, light and fresh. Overall quite delightful and I am looking forward to going back there already.

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