Fika's Forest

Monday, 18 August 2014

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise……

We didn’t exactly go down to the woods, but we did go to somewhere a little special in the heart of Shoreditch.

It was time for dinner club with the girls and Helen was in charge of choosing. I was very excited to hear that we were heading off to the cosy Scandinavian restaurant, Fika, and then even more excited when I read that they are in the middle of a 3 month summer pop up – Fika’s Forest.

Fika London

Fika London

The forest concept is all about celebrating Scandinavian folklore and after my trip to Stockholm last Christmas where I heard tales of trolls living in the forests I couldn’t wait! 

Fika London

Fika London

Fika (pronounced fee-ka) basically means coffee break, usually with something sweet on the side.
Fika London offers delicious looking cakes sat temptingly in the window to steer passers-by through the door and away from their diets. 

Fika London

They also serve a lunch and dinner menu with a range of Scandinavian fare, using ingredients scavenged by the little foragers.

Fika London

When I arrived, a menu was thrust into my hands by the gang of hungry girls waiting for me. Luckily I’d already been snooping on Fika’s website and knew tonight was going to be all about the meatballs. It seemed the girls all had the same idea! 4 portions of meatballs, 1 salmon and 1 chicken skewer.

These hardworking girls can't wait for their dinner without a snack so we decided to give the goats cheese and black pepper popcorn a try. It was a mixed jury, some loved it and some were vaguely reminded of cheesy socks. We gobbled it all down anyway!

Fika London

The staff at Fika are lovely, literally the most hardworking and friendly people around. There was a busy team of 2 taking orders and dishing out Scandinavian delights to a very busy restaurant but they remained calm, polite and always smiling.

While we were waiting for our food, I filled the girls in on my Scandinavian folk tale research:

Firstly Trolls aren’t quite the cute little guys with “there’s something about Mary”, multicoloured hair that you’ll remember as a child. They are actually quite terrifying and should be avoided at all cost!

My favourite of the folk tales are the Nisse, here’s me with one in Stockholm!

Fika London

 In the Scandinavian Christmas tradition, there is no Santa in the shape of a fat, bearded guy who lives at the North Pole. Instead, the myth is that we each have our own Nisse, living in our home, who acts as a guardian for the household. These cheeky guys are typical pranksters, but can easily be befriended, and around Christmas they sort out the presents as Santa would in the UK. I want one!

Anyway.....on to the food.

Fika London

Swedish meatballs – Homemade Swedish Meatballs with crushed skin on mash and red wine sauce. We ate them as the Swedes do with a side of lingonberry jam which was delicious! I’ll be buying some from Ikea to serve with my Christmas turkey this year.

Fika London

Flash Seared Gravadlax – Thick cut cured salmon served with hand cut oven baked potato wedges, fresh dill yoghurt with mustard seeds.

Fika London

Elderflower Chicken Skewer – Sweet marinade of elderflower, sprinkled with chilli flake and lime, serviced with salad.

The food is delicious, we were all very pleased with our choices. Guys may find the portions a bit small but for us they were perfect, plus it means you can squeeze in a dessert too.

As we’re all trying to be on a health kick at the moment, it was a round of juice for us. Usually a lack of wine at dinner club makes me sad but today I didn’t mind it as the juice was so tasty.

Fika London
 Elderflower and apple juice.

Fika is the cosiest little restaurant I have been to in a long time. There’s a relaxed atmosphere with cute little tables hidden away in corners and mushrooms "growing" on the wall for a forest vibe. The music choice was everything I could hope for; Of Monsters and Men, Little Dragon, Mumford and Sons, Ben Howard….I was one happy customer.

Fika London
A secret little table hidden away for romantic date nights or grabbing a friend and stuffing your face in private! 

Fika London

Fika London

Fika London

Fika London

On the way out I had a sneaky peek at the rooftop terrace and fell in love. It’s a secret haven in busy Shoreditch with twinkly lights and blankets for cold wintery nights. We’re planning to come back in the autumn and test out Fika’s hot chocolate snuggled under a blanket.

Fika London

Fika is a great little restaurant, the staff and food were perfect. We’ll be back for sure!

Fika London

Fika
Cost: £15 p/head for main and soft drink
Food: Scandinavian fare
Address: 161 Brick Lane, E1 6SB
Type: Dinner with friends / date night / coffee and cake

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Little London Girl x

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