Ekte Nordic Kitchen

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Bronze Award
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SquareMeal Review of Ekte Nordic Kitchen

Bronze Award

One of few independent restaurants in the glossy Bloomberg Arcade, this all-day Nordic kitchen is the brainchild of restaurateur Soren Jessen, the man behind City stalwart 1 Lombard Street. Early risers can pop by in the morning to pick up a freshly baked Danish pastry (the cinnamon buns are particularly good) or to energise themselves with a hot drink, before a more substantial menu takes over in the evening.

Yes, the atmosphere might first seem a little flat, with genteel music playing and an unremarkable minimalist interior (black walls, industrial hanging pendant lights), but there’s vibrancy aplenty to be found in the young, charming staff and the cracking menu of expertly made Nordic dishes.

Kick off with a few plates of smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches) to share: sweet, fresh prawns arrive piled high on soft rye bread, completed by egg whites and a tangy lemon mayonnaise; and pleasingly soft grilled celeriac comes topped with garlic mayonnaise and is given extra crunch by toasted hazelnuts. To follow, we were impressed by flaky roasted cod rubbed in brown butter, served alongside sharp dill-pickled cucumber and barbecued celeriac, but even better was a vegetarian dish of almost pasta-like salsify: a creamy delight, bolstered by earthy mushrooms and thick Västerbotten cheese.

Homey desserts include a crunchy, warming crumble filled with spiced apple and cardamom, and sticky chocolate cake with a gooey centre, topped with fluffy whipped cream and a pistachio praline. To drink, choose from a large selection of European wines, with prices ranging from the pocket-friendly to the flashy. Speaking of drinks, there is also a bottomless brunch offering on the weekend, complete with free-flowing fizz.

With its traditional yet accessible menu and friendly team, Ekte Nordic Kitchen provides an accomplished introduction to a cuisine that is still something of a rarity in London.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Scandinavian
Ambience
Cool, Cosy, Dark and moody, Lively, Quirky
Food Occasions
All day dining, Bottomless brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late night dining, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Counter dining, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
People
Celebrations, Child friendly, Group dining [8+], Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About Ekte Nordic Kitchen

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.

Ekte Nordic Kitchen Menu Highlights

Starters
Smørrebrød - £6.50

Classic open-faced Danish sandwiches. Delicious, fresh toppings are piled high on Ekte's sourdough homemade Rye bread. Choose from a range of toppings that include 'roasted chicken & tarragon' to 'rare roasted aged beef' and many more.

Main Courses
Kroppkakor - £16.00

A taste of summer. Swedish potato dumplings stuffed with mint, peas and goat cheese.

Salmon - £16.50

Hot smoked salmon with warm potato salad, red onion, capers and skarpsås

Cornish Lobster - £32.00

Dressed native Cornish lobster with garlic mayonnaise and fries

Dessert
Cinnamon bun ice-cream - £3.25

This warming yet ice-cold dessert is a hug in a bowl. Served with an optional shot of apple brandy making it the ultimate Nordic sweet treat!

Västerbotten cheese with chutney & sourdough crispbread - £10.00

Västerbotten cheese with chutney & sourdough crispbread


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Can you book Ekte Nordic Kitchen?

Yes, booking in advance is recommended, but walk-ins are welcome when there is space.

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Does Ekte Nordic Kitchen serve vegetarian options?

Yes, there are vegetarian options on the menu.

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What's included in Ekte Nordic Kitchen's bottomless brunch?

The bottomless brunch consists of a set three-course menu and two hours of unlimited Prosecco or Champagne.

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Location for Ekte Nordic Kitchen

2-8 Bloomberg Arcade, Bank , London, EC4N 8AR

020 3814 8330

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Opening Times

All day
Mon 11:30-22:30
Tue 11:30-22:30
Wed 11:30-22:30
Thu 11:30-22:30
Fri 11:30-22:30
Sat 11:30-22:30
Sun Closed

Reviews of Ekte Nordic Kitchen

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9 Reviews 
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Sonya S

Absolutely Yum
19 November 2021   - Verified Diner

This was a really lovely restaurant, the recent Christmas lights add a welcoming evening sparkle. The service was spot on, the food was perfectly cooked and served. I had a lovely evening with friends and we all very much enjoyed the food. I would also recommend for client dinners and will be booking again for sure.

 

 

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Darren G

Ekte Nordic Kitchen
11 October 2021   - Verified Diner

Very interesting food ok service and a decent bottle of wine my clients really enjoyed their lunch 

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VP

First visit but definitely not the last
08 September 2021   - Verified Diner

We visited this restaurant for an early supper at the end of a very hot afternoon. The food - light, delicious and beautifully presented - suited us  perfectly, but the occasion was made outstanding by the warm welcome and friendly attentive service provided by Imaan.

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Anon

Dead + tiny crayfish
23 August 2021  

???HIGHLY NOT RECOMMEND ??‍?? i came here for crayfish menu and the next day 3/5 of us got diarrhoea. All of us are from different households, and there’s a high chance it was due to some dead crayfish we ate. I wrote an email raising a formal complaint, to which got no response. 2days after I called the restaurant directly twice - finally got to speak to the manager who was very rude. She didn’t take the responsibility for the issue, saying that the suppliers investigated and couldn’t find fault with the products. She offered a voucher of £130 with Ekte to which I rejected multiple times.

No alternative compensations were offered. She ended the call by saying the offer will be valid for a week. After the call, I received no email confirmation, no callbacks.

Felt absolutely disappointed by the poor quality of the food (+ crayfish are so TINY) and non-existent customer care. Total rip off! Try to avoid everyone if you can ??????

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Anon

No need to go to the Nordics to eat...
13 February 2020  

...when you got Ekte just around the corner ??. 
A great Nordic oasis making excellent food served by a fantastic bunch of people. Couldn't have been happier about the place. Well done!

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Anon

Ekte Nordic Kitchen
18 January 2019  
We recently booked Ekte for Sunday family lunch which was a huge success.We had decided to meet last minute and It was incredibly hard to find anywhere that could accommodate 15 people. But it was no sweat for the staff at Ekte. They were brilliant. We had one long table in the middle of the restaurant with everyone around it ! Really cosy. The food was perfect as we had lots of different dishes for everyone to try, from the open sandwiches to the main dishes. The Swedish Venison meatball were lovely and moist and the traditional Swedish Potato pancakes with Lingonberry were to die for. Not to mention the Cinnomon bun Ice cream!!! I felt I had been transported to Sweden/Copenhagen (have to be very careful what I say here now!!!) Amazing lunch and atmosphere! Very tempted to have family Sunday lunches at Ekte from now on! Thank you Ekte
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Laura C

31 July 2018  
Welcome to London- beautiful food, fresh, healthy, delicious- nice buzz at lunchtime but not hectic. Calm, Nordic style and spot on for a city lunch.

Thomas H

A future classic - we have you been?
12 June 2018  
Having recently had trips to Copenhagen and Reykjavik I have fallen in love with all things Scandinavian, particularly the food. I'm surprised that there aren't more places that serve this delicious and naturally healthy cuisine in London. Now I've found Ekte I will be back often. I had a light lunch (apart from the pudding...) with a selection of the open sandwiches. The curried herring was my pick of the starters - the fish was surprisingly subtle and the rye-bread (made on the premises apparently) was nutty, sweet and savoury all at once. Thankfully there was enough room for the kladdkaka which is a sticky chocolate cake (a bit like a slice of chocolate fondant). I can't recommend this enough. Chewy without being claggy. My only issue was the fact that, being lunch, I couldn't test the list of schnapps and aquavit. Next time, of which there will be many.
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Soren J

Simple, pure, classic Nordic
10 May 2018  
Let me declare up front that I am the owner. But this is why I love Ekte. Smorrebrod is a wonderful sandwich option. Half the bread and it's on rye! Also roasted cod, brown butter, roast celeriac, pink pepper, dill pickled cucumber. Carefully sourced ingredients served with minimum fuss. Sustainable where possible. Relaxed friendly atmosphere. Great Norman Foster architecture and cool nordic interior design. What is not to like?
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