By Koray Hussein
Earlier this week there was a brief five millisecond window when the weather wasn’t absolutely miserable, so I grabbed my jacket, camera and wallet and hightailed it out of the house to look for a place to review.
It must have been my lucky day, because as I ascended the stairs of Tottenham Court Road Station, I was 80% sure it’d be raining but thankfully I was wrong. The weather was actually quite mild with practically clear skies and a temperature which had me walking through Fitzrovia in an unbuttoned jacket. Happy days.
I was in a pretty indecisive mood that morning and found myself walking for a lot longer than I had first intended. Maybe it’s because (Ha!) I wasn’t hungry/thirsty enough to make an actual decision, or maybe I was distracted by the silent screams “Holy shit it’s not raining!” in my head.
It wasn’t until I spotted the big, bright red Scandinavian Kitchen sign down the road that I was able to actually make a decision. I’d heard good things about Scandinavian Kitchen, but for some unexplainable reason, not tried it out yet… yet.
I walked in and was immediately greeted with two big, friendly smiles. If you’ve read my review of The Coffee Jar then you know how highly I rate good, friendly service and it was clear that that’s exactly what I was about to get here at Scandinavian Kitchen.
After scanning over all of my options in the glass case at the front and the large black chalkboard on the wall, I decided to go with their Nordic porridge (with berries, because berries make everything better) and a latte.
The porridge came in a much larger portion than I had initially assumed and was a lot thicker than your average porridge… which I actually kind of liked. I’ve never been a big fan of runny porridge (just order cereal!) and generally make my own (yes, I make porridge. No, I am not a 90 year old man) quite thick. I’m assuming that I’m in the minority though as the second that the girl behind the counter finished dishing it out, she turned to me and asked if I wanted to add milk, which I of course, declined.
I was not only a fan of the consistency but the actual flavour of the Nordic porridge went perfectly with the berries that they’d heaped into the bowl. In all honesty I was kind of upset that I couldn’t finish what I’d been served as I was already late (due to my longer than expected walk beforehand) for a meeting near St Paul’s but rest assured, Scandinavian Kitchen… I will be back!
The latte was, like the porridge, larger than I had expected but went down easier. It wasn’t as strong as I would have liked but again, I might be in the minority as I regularly order espressos when I’m not doing reviews.
After visiting Scandinavian Kitchen, I can completely see why they have a cult following. The staff is friendly, the portions are generous and most important of all, their food and drinks are of a good quality.