Saturday, 24 October 2009

a little piece of Love: Scandinavian Kitchen

Those of you who follow me on Twitter will be aware that I've been helping to organise short food photography workshops with Chris Windsor.

Chris has been a photographer for many years, and more recently has been doing a lot of food photography projects for various clients, and for Jenny Linford's The London Cookbook and Food Lovers' London.

Not surprisingly, then, he knows a few eateries and their owners. So when we were cooking up the workshops, he suggested the Scandinavian Kitchen, just off Oxford Circus. I was slightly embarrassed to admit that I hadn't been there. It was yet another of those places that had been on my radar for a while (I defy any London foodie not to have a list of such places the length of a rather long arm), but somehow I'd never got around to going.

But now I have. And I very much liked what I saw, from the unmissable exterior...

Scandinavian Kitchen exterior


... and equally vibrant interior...

Scandinavian Kitchen interior


and, more to the point, I liked what I tasted... from a huge range of open sandwiches...


sandwich selection 1, Scandinavian Kitchen




sandwich selection 2, Scandinavian Kitchen




open egg sandwich, Scandinavian Kitchen




blue cheese open sandwich, Scandinavian Kitchen




sandwich selection 3, Scandinavian Kitchen


... to the best hot dog I've ever come across...

hot dog with relish, Scandinavian Kitchen


... and then there are the cakes... including the famous Love Cake (aptly named) ...


Love Cake label, Scandinavian Kitchen




Love Cake, Scandinavian Kitchen


... and Kladdkaka ('a bit like a brownie, but more gooey', as their label says)...

Kladdkakka, Scandinavian Kitchen




a forkful of Kladdkakka, Scandinavian Kitchen


Will I be going back? Absolutely. Except in future I think I'll leave the camera behind so I can concentrate more on the important stuff - the eating...

Scandinavian Kitchen on Urbanspoon

36 comments:

things we make said...

Love your cakey pics Helen. I wish I'd taken some photos of the outside too, it's so distinctive.
Hang on, I never spotted that bacony nibble! How did I miss that!

Helen said...

Lovely pictures! I am sad I couldn't make this - hopefully there will b another one. I too have not yet been to the Scandinavian Kitchen but it is definitely on the list.

Helen @ World Foodie Guide said...

Thanks again for organising the workshops, it was fun attending the last one and meeting you and everyone else!

Jacqueline said...

No, no, no, don't leave the camera behind. The photos are wonderful and I am drooling.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Clare - I wish I'd eaten more cake... ;) Hoping to take a pic of their banana cake next time - they were all out of it on Mon

Helen - yes, there will be more sessions, don't worry! Do go to ScandiKitchen in the meantime...

Helen - thank you, and good to see you, too

Jacqueline - ok, ok! Will take it again, then, just for you ;)

Manggy said...

Haha, I was also going to joke for you not to leave the camera behind! :) Love the interior (they really know their design. Love the light.) The hotdog looks fantastic, but I wonder how much more special it is!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Oh, please take with you next time! I'll treat. ;)

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Mark - trust me, that hot dog is special. Even better, though, is the one with crispy onion pieces on top... ;)

Susan - when are you next coming to London, then? Very happy to join you for a bite or three to eat there!

Pia K said...

love all the red, not too crazy about the swedish "kräftskiva" lantern though, hm.

love cake, oh no, the swedish "kärleksmums" translates "love yum", much more apt me thinks for these choc yummies:) something our mums always baked for school parties during the 70ies, those were the innocent days.

and yes, the workshops sounds truly wonderful!

Cakelaw said...

Ooooh - one hotdog with kladdkaka for dessert please!

gastrogeek said...

I was in here yesterday with Sig and Niamh, and I have to say the apple cinnamon cake was just incredible! Must try that hot dog...lovely photos.

Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

Gorgeous pictures Helen and thank you for organising the session. I really enjoyed my trip to Scandinavian Kitchen and will definitely be returning.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Pia - interesting to hear about the Love Cake. It's a great creation!

Cakelaw - good call...!

Gastrogeek - they've always run out of the apple cinnamon cake when I get there. I keep going back, though, just in case ;)

Sarah - glad you enjoyed it! Was good to see you :)

The Curious Cat said...

wonderful photos - I take it Chris took these? Or did you? You usually take such good photos anyway so I'm confused now! Sounds like a good place worth visiting! xxx

Su-yin said...

This place looks really interesting, I can't believe I haven't heard of it before! Thanks for the great blog post, will be adding this to my list of restaurants to visit. :P

thepassionatecook said...

you know, scandinavian kitchen is round the corner from my uni so I have spent at least 1 day a week there in the past 3 years... and am loving it! especially the hugs i get from one of the boys whenever i go in ;-)
they also have the very BEST gravlaxsas (hofmastarsas, sp?_
maybe we can meet there one lunchtime? i am always there on a wed!

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D. @ Outside Oslo said...

Sounds like a great restaurant. It's good to see the under-recognized Scandinavian food be so well represented there.

I've been exploring Scandinavian cooking on Outside Oslo--the Scandinavians have some incredible baked goods!

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