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REVIEW: Skandilicious Pop Up Dining

REVIEW: Skandilicious Pop Up Dining

swedish julbord

We’re longtime fans of the Swedish way of doing things (‘Fika’, the art of enjoying long, drawn out coffee, cake and conversation, is one of our favourite pastimes – the eponymous cafe in Shoreditch is an absolute gem) and the Scandinavian take on Christmas brings together the greatest elements of this time of year – sophisticated decorations (we’re already planning a trip to IKEA for some huge paper lanterns and beautiful wrapping paper), piles of excellent food, good friends, great music and oodles of booze. When we heard of Skandilicious, the pop up offering a true taste of Swedish Christmas in the capital, we couldn’t get there quick enough.

The ‘Sweder’ version of Christmas is grown up, not garish – think soft lighting, traditional sing-song and rich plates of food to be grazed on for hours over good conversation. This is what awaited us at Farringdon’s latest pop up dining venture and though £46 sounds a little steep, you couldn’t ask for much more in a great evening out that’s a bit different.

swedish julbords

A glass of warm Glögg on arrival (Swedish mulled wine, included in the price) breaks you in for the Smörgåsbord feast – where table upon table of fresh food awaits. Guests are seated on long, candlelit tables nearby as staff encourage you to do as the Swedes would and take it slow (it’s customary to visit the Smörgåsbord up to 7 times!), ordering plenty of Schnapp’s along the way.

So much is on offer, it wouldn’t do to bore you with the list of incredible food we sampled, but below is a snapshot of the menu. For starters, standout dishes included fresh smoked salmon, gravad lax with mustard and dill sauce and hard boiled eggs topped with prawn mayonnaise and dill.

Hot dishes were all fabulous, the strong anchovy flavours in ‘Jannsen’s Tempation’ dividing opinion but a real hit with fish-lovers. The ‘Christmas ribs’ were divine, huge chunks of soft beef melting in the mouth, and Prinskorv sausages had us discussing where we could buy them in London.

smorgasbvord menu

You’re utterly spoiled with dessert choices – hot porridge (Swedish Julgröt with cinnamon & sugar) is a must if you’re aiming to be traditional, and crumbly soft saffron cake was enjoyed with a cup of coffee while attempting to learn the words to ‘I Like The Snaps’, the Swedish song guests are encouraged to sing at the end of their meal – funnily enough, it’s not ifficult to persuade people after a glass or two.

swedish wishes

On the way out, having pinned our Christmas wishes on the wall among dozens of others, we felt truly festive – a lovely way to start December, we’d recommend this experience to anyone looking for something a bit different.

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Amy @ FashionBite xx

Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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