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Redefining Modern Nordic Cuisine in the Heart of the Banking District

Nestled within the heart of London's bustling banking district, at 2-8 Bloomberg Arcade, lies a jewel of modern Nordic cuisine - Ekte Nordic Kitchen. "Ekte" or "genuine" in Norwegian, we are redefining Nordic cuisine in a refreshing, contemporary way, offering a diverse menu that travels across the Northern Hemisphere. At Ekte, we pride ourselves on using only the finest, sustainably sourced British produce. Each dish we create encapsulates a different facet of Nordic cuisine, reflecting the seasons and the rich variety they offer.


Redefining Modern Nordic Cuisine in the Heart of the Banking District

Whether you are looking to grab a quick bite at the deli counter, enjoy a relaxed drink on our all-weather terrace, or explore our Scandi-inspired dinner menu, we cater to every occasion. From classic Danish open sandwiches to our curated selection of Aquavits and schnapps, indulge in the real taste of the Northern Hemisphere, right in the heart of London. That's the Ekte promise.


A Culinary Journey to the North: Redefining Modern Nordic Cuisine at Ekte Near Bank


When you enter Ekte, you're not just stepping into another restaurant. You're embarking on a gastronomic journey all the way to the frost-kissed lands of the North. Whether you're a seasoned foodie or someone who can't tell a herring from a halibut, we've got you covered. Our menu is like a gourmet tour guide, leading you through the flavors of the Nordic region, one delightful dish at a time.


Our Smørrebrød is not your average sandwich. Topped with a variety of fresh ingredients and served on dark rye bread, it's a Danish classic that you'll start craving the minute you leave. And if seafood's your thing, we've got a selection that would make any Viking swoon. From Gravlax to Skagen shrimp, we bring the ocean's bounty to your plate.


But the journey doesn't end at the food. Our drinks menu is a Nordic expedition in itself. There's our curated selection of Aquavits, a traditional Scandinavian spirit that's as warming as a Norwegian wood stove in winter. For those with a sweet tooth, our selection of meads and fruit wines is a must-try.

Seasonality at its best: A deep dive into Ekte's sustainable menu

At Ekte, we're firm believers that the best ingredients are those that are in season. They're not just tastier, but kinder on the environment too. Our menu is like a calendar, always changing with the seasons. Springtime brings the crisp tang of wild garlic and the sweet crunch of new potatoes. As we bask in the summer warmth, our menu lights up with the vibrant colors of fresh berries, while the autumn harvest offers an abundance of root vegetables and hearty grains.


Redefining Modern Nordic Cuisine in the Heart of the Banking District

Winter, while often seen as a barren time, brings its own rustic charm with the rich, earthy flavors of preserved foods. Be it the ruby-red lingonberries that add a festive pop to our winter dishes, or the juicy tomatoes that star in our summer salads, every ingredient is conscientiously sourced and honored on our plates. So, tuck in and savor the flavors of the season, knowing that you're partaking in a meal that's as good for the planet as it is pleasing to your palate. That's the Ekte way!


From quick bites to formal dinners: The versatility of Ekte's Nordic dishes


As the sun dips and the fairy lights twinkle above our all-weather terrace, Ekte transforms into a fine dining paradise. Our dinner menu showcases the complexity of Nordic cuisine, with dishes that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate. The star of the show? Our succulent Juniper-smoked Venison is served with a side of pickled red cabbage and a lingonberry sauce that hits the perfect balance between sweet and tart.


No matter the occasion or the time of day, at Ekte, we're ready to satisfy your cravings with a menu that's as versatile as the Nordic landscape itself. So, whether you're popping in for a quick lunch or planning an indulgent dinner, remember - we've got a Nordic delicacy awaiting you. After all, who says you can't enjoy a bit of Scandinavia right here in London? Not us at Ekte, that's for sure!


From Morning to Evening: The Transformation of Ekte's Deli Counter


At Ekte, our deli counter is a microcosm of constant excitement and culinary creativity that seamlessly transitions from day to night. Operating as a bustling hub for takeaway food and drinks during the sunlit hours, our deli offers an array of freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, and hot beverages for the hustling city dwellers seeking a quick, yet delicious, bite on the go. But as twilight descends, our deli counter metamorphoses into an energetic evening drinks station. Here, we serve a curated selection of craft beers, wines, and delectable Nordic cocktails, making it a perfect spot for an impromptu after-work catch-up or a low-key hangout with friends. With the convenience of a deli and the indulgence of a bar, this spot truly encapsulates the essence of Ekte's diverse culinary offerings. So, come visit us and let the day's worries melt away with a drink in hand and a smorgasbord of scrumptious nibbles at your disposal!

Savoring the Nordic Prawn Cocktail: A deep dive into Skagen


At Ekte, we pride ourselves on serving authentic Nordic fare, and one dish that truly captures the essence of our culinary philosophy is the Nordic Prawn Cocktail, also known as Skagen. Named after a charming fishing town in Denmark, this dish is simplicity and elegance on a plate. Imagine succulent prawns bathed in a scrumptious, tangy mayo-based sauce, heaped generously on a slice of buttered toast.


Redefining Modern Nordic Cuisine in the Heart of the Banking District

Each bite delivers a delightful crunch from the toast, followed by the creamy richness of the sauce and the tender sweetness of the prawns. It's a culinary masterpiece that marries modest ingredients with robust flavors, reflecting the true spirit of Nordic cuisine. So next time you're at Ekte, don’t miss out on this iconic dish. Trust us, it's prawn-derful!


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