Multi-award-winning Michelin starred Swedish chef Niklas Ekstedt has taken over the main restaurant at Great Scotland Yard Hotel in Westminster to bring his unique cooking style to the capital. The site was previously run by Robin Gill (of Darby’s, Sorella and Bermondsey Larder) but some time during the haze of lockdown it closed its door.
Now reimagined as a fine dining destination the restaurant retains its open kitchen where the team works over open wood fires to turn out plates or Scandinavian cuisine. Despite the staunchly northern European theme, the menu has been especially developed to make use of local, seasonal produce. British ingredients feature in signature dishes, where they’re transformed into Swedish-inspired creations inspired by Ekstedt's original eponymous restaurant in Stockholm.
A £125 tasting menu is the only option at Ekstedt, so lends itself as a special occasion destination or client entertaining spot best. Seven courses are expertly crafted to run from lighter dishes and seafood courses through to mains that feature rich meats and chocolate-centric desserts. Example starters include oysters with apple, beurre blanc and nasturtium or a wood oven flatbread topped with seared smoked venison heart, allspice, and lingonberries.
As you work your way down the menu you’ll find luxurious ingredients like lobster (served with caramelised cream, sweet corn and black truffle) as well as hay-smoked mallard with black pudding, trout roe, buckwheat and turnip puree. Sweets bring creations like a woodruff mousse or an unexpected cep souffle with a pine needle ice cream and wild blueberries.
While the tasting menu can be served solo there’s also the option to add a beverage pairing for £80 where the sommelier chosen flight is picked from a pioneering wine list. Elsewhere there’s a non-alcoholic pairing (£45) which allows abstainers and designated drivers to partake in the theatre of the full drinking and dining experience.
Currently the restaurant is open for dinner service Tuesday to Saturday from mid-afternoon through to late evening.