Found at the glossy Bloomberg Arcade development, which houses the likes of Brigadiers, Bleecker Burger and Homeslice, Ekte Nordic Kitchen is a relaxed restaurant which serves a varied menu inspired by the cuisine of Norway.
The dining room here is a minimalist, industrial-chic space, featuring glossy black walls, exposed ceiling pipes and a dining counter which overlooks the open kitchen, wrapped in white tile and flanked by black wooden stools. There is also a charming outdoor terrace which is perfect for a spot of alfresco dining on warmer days, and kitted out with heaters and blankets on cooler evenings.
During the daytime, Ekte Nordic Kitchen operates a casual deli which is geared towards the grab and go trade. Nearby office workers can stop by for their choice of hot drink (latte, cappuccino, tea, etc.) as well as choosing from a selection of homemade pastries.
Later in the day, the menu expands to include an a la carte offering which evolves with the seasons. On your visit, dishes you might find on the menu include starters of shell on prawns with lemon mayonnaise or black pudding with lingonberries, while main courses might see the likes of deep-fried plaice with roasted vegetables and curry remoulade or Himalayan salt-aged Sirloin with herb butter and salad. Vegetarian diners are catered for too, thanks to dishes such as Swedish potato dumplings filled with peas, mint and goat cheese.
To round off your meal, tuck into something sweet such as cinnamon bun ice cream or gooey chocolate cake with whipped cream, which you can wash down with one of Etke’s house cocktails, which includes a selection of speciality G&Ts.
At the weekend, you can experience Ekte’s bottomless brunch offering, which comprises a three-course Nordic style set menu and two hours of free-flowing Prosecco or Champagne.