Welcome to Ekte Nordic Kitchen, your gateway to the rich world of traditional Nordic dishes! Nestled in the heart of the stylish Bloomberg Arcade development, we've carved a comforting space where the industrial-chic aesthetic meets the warmth of Scandinavian hospitality. Now, let's talk food. Our menu is a love letter to Norway, a journey through its culinary landscape, featuring dishes crafted with passion and authenticity.
With us, it's not just about food; it's about experiencing Nordic culture, one bite at a time. So pull up a stool, join us at our dining counter, or relax on our outdoor terrace - we can't wait to share our Nordic passion with you.
The Aesthetics of Ekte: A Corner of Norway in the Heart of London
Stepping into Ekte, you're instantly transported from the bustling streets of London to a quaint and cozy corner in Norway. The space is a feast for the senses, from the soothing palette of cool blues and crisp whites, reminiscent of the Nordic seas and snow, to the warm, inviting scent of freshly baked bread that wafts through the air. The decor speaks volumes of Scandinavian minimalism, with sleek lines, understated elegance, and a harmonious blend of form and function.
The wooden furniture, crafted with love and finesse, brings a touch of nature indoors. The exposed brick walls and the soft, ambient lighting lend an intimate charm, while the modern art pieces adorning the walls add a dash of contemporary appeal. Ekte is not just a restaurant; it's a beautiful synthesis of tradition and modernity, a perfect slice of Norway nestled in the heart of London.
The Smørrebrød: A Deep Dive into the Classic Danish Sandwich at Ekte
Hailing from the heart of Denmark, The Smørrebrød packs a punch of flavors that'll have your taste buds doing the tango. In the hands of our talented chefs, this open-faced sandwich turns into a canvas showcasing the finest Nordic ingredients. The base, our home-baked rye bread, is robust and earthy, a perfect foundation for the symphony of toppings.
We're talking pickled herring, egg and prawns, roast beef with remoulade and crispy onions, and, of course, our vegetarian-friendly offering of marinated beetroot and goat cheese. Every bite is a different adventure, a new story unfolding in your mouth. So, grab a Smørrebrød, take a big bite, and get ready for a mini culinary vacation to Denmark, right here at Ekte!
Kroppkakor: A Summer Journey Through Traditional Nordic Dishes at Ekte
Next on our culinary adventure is the Kroppkakor – a delightful dish that’s as fun to eat as it is to say (really, try it!). Hailing from the rich, rolling farmlands of Sweden, Kroppkakor is scrumptious potato dumplings that bring a potpour of flavors to your palate. Our chefs at Ekte have infused this traditional dish with a sprinkle of summer by stuffing it with fresh mint and peas - a combination that's as surprising as it is sublime!
The goat cheese adds a tangy twist, its creaminess contrasting beautifully with the crispness of the dumplings. Each bite is a little journey through Sweden - a burst of countryside freshness, a whisper of cool sea breeze, a dance of sunlight on your tongue. The Kroppkakor is more than just a main dish; it's an experience, a story of summer in Sweden served on a plate. So the next time you're at Ekte, give these dumplings a whirl, and let your taste buds take a dip in the Swedish summer sunshine!
The Nordic Tradition of Salmon and Lobster at Ekte
When it comes to seafood, the Nordic countries have a rich, centuries-old tradition that's as deep and expansive as their fjords. At Ekte, we celebrate this tradition with our exquisite offerings of salmon and lobster. Kick off your oceanic adventure with our Gravlax, a Norwegian delight where succulent salmon is cured with dill, salt, sugar, and a hint of licorice. Served on a bed of crisp salad, this dish is a symphony of textures that'll get your palate singing.
But if you're more of a lobster aficionado, our Lobster Salad is a must-try. We source our lobsters from the cold, clean waters of the North Atlantic, ensuring a fresh, sweet taste that's truly unparalleled. This salad is a medley of tender lobster chunks, fresh greens, and a zesty citrus vinaigrette, a combination as refreshing as a seaside breeze.
And let's not forget our pièce de résistance - the Smoked Salmon Flatbread. Prepared with house-smoked salmon, cream cheese, and capers, and served on our freshly baked flatbread, this dish is a slice of Nordic heaven. At Ekte, seafood isn't just a menu category; it's a journey through the Nordic seascapes, one scrumptious bite at a time. So, buckle up and get ready to set sail with us!
A Sweet Finish: The Irresistible Cinnamon Bun Ice Cream at Ekte
Here at Ekte, we love good wine as much as we love our traditional Nordic dishes. And what's better than enjoying them separately? You guessed it - pairing them together! A sip of the right plonk can elevate your food to another dimension, and we're here to tell you how to make these perfect matches. Starting with our delightful Smørrebrød, we propose a crisp, light-bodied white wine such as a zesty Sancerre or a mineral-driven Chablis to complement the sandwich's robust flavors.
And for our summer-infused Kroppkakor, a fruity Pinot Noir or a Gamay Beaujolais would be a match made in heaven. Moving on to our sea-faring dishes, a rich, buttery Chardonnay would be an excellent sidekick to the Gravlax, while the Lobster Salad would dance beautifully with the crispness of a Sauvignon Blanc.
And of course, the sweet conclusion of our delectable Cinnamon Bun ice cream would be beautifully punctuated with a glass of dessert wine, perhaps a Moscato d'Asti or a late-harvest Riesling. At Ekte, we're not just serving food and wine - we're creating harmonious symphonies of taste, one plate and glass at a time! So, come join us in this gastronomic orchestra, and let's make some beautiful music together, shall we?