Permanently Closed - Borealis

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106 reviews
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£25 and under
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Nordic
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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Børealis London is a Nordic inspired retreat serving delicious food and drinks within a stone’s throw of the trendy Borough Market.

The venue was designed to create an atmosphere that combines Nordic Chic with a London members club ambiance.

The restaurant is open from lunch through to dinner with space for up to 100 diners – including counter dining where the Smørrebrød is prepared in front of you.

The café offers take away and delivery Monday – Friday where you can pick up a coffee and pastry (and other treats) for breakfast and come back in for your favourite salads and sandwiches for lunch.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Nordic, Scandinavian
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Hours of Operation
Tue 11:30–11:45
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Phone number
020 3929 0505
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Robin Freeman
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Catering
Choose from a variety of set menus ranging in cost from £36 - £52/person or our canapes and drinks menus for standing reception and larger events.
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Cross Street
Marshalsea Road
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Public Transit
Across from Borough High Street Station6 min walk from London Bridge Station13 min walk from Southwark Station
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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h
London
32 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really accommodated my vegan requests, super friendly and lovely decor

A
London
35 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food is superb. I was there with friends for Saturday brunch. For those interested, there's a bottomless brunch option. Delicious Scandic cuisine.

SA
London
6 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very relaxed venue , very spacious . Very reasonable set menu but we had a selection of small plates with salmon, toasted beetroot etc were delicious. Two things we ordered weren’t available - rhubarb sorbet and smoked mackerel pate - which was a shame - may be these are every one ‘s favourites! For big drinkers they have a £10 bottomless wine offer and we appreciated the bottomless sparkling water on a hot evening - very light fizz , really refreshing.
We will go back !

L
Bath
6 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Not on a Saturday. Have been there mid-week when there is a much better menu. We could not order open sandwiches on Saturday as they run a brunch menu. The appetiser of 'small' open sandwiches - no choice - turned out to be 3 big ones.

HR
London
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Despite the fact the restarting was quiet and several wait staff at the bar area we had to wait a long time to get served and eventually went up to get attention of a waiter. This distracted from the lovely food and nice surroundings

KH
London
12 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, very relaxed atmosphere.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The restaurant is set in a weird office complex and it was pretty empty. Our waitress was more interested in dancing and using her phone to Shazam songs from the speakers rather than looking after the guests. I ordered the seared steak tartare and I asked for medium rare. It came out medium so I asked the waitress to check with the chef, she came back after 15 mins saying that the chef put it under the light and that's how it comes. So I asked to change it for chicken. The waitress started shaking and leaves. No one comes over for another 15 mins. I asked to talk to the manager to explain that not only the temperature of the meat was wrong and the waitress looks like she's just been shouted at in the kitchen. The manager apologised several times explaining that they had issues with the kitchen team. Overall it's been a very unpleasant experience and we won't go back, for their prices I'd expect a better service and more professionalism. The concept is interesting but badly executed.

k
London
18 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Reminded me of my trip to Sweden. Great design, books displayed in the café area which you can flicker thru and enjoyed my classic meatballs, mash, gravy and lingoberry meal. Good value for money. Still very new so clientele on a Thurs were mainly work folk but hopefully the vibe will become more eclectic over time. Would return!

M
London
27 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

When there for a quiet dinner on a Wednesday night to catch up with a friend. It wasn't very busy at all so we got what we wanted, which was okay food at an okay price and that we could talk. I had the frikadeller, which were fine but a little bland. My friend had the vegetarian mushroom dumplings with asparagus, which were more interesting. Both portions were not big. But I guess it was the set menu which made the price pretty reasonable (£16 for two courses).

At 10:30 I asked to see if I could get herbal tea or similar. I was told the kitchen was already closed, so not that impressed about that. The place is pretty enormous and has an air of hotel restaurant about it. And it's in a slightly odd location (on the corner of Borough High Street and Marshalsea Road).

The cocktails were interesting enough and overall the Nordic (blend of Danish, Swedish, Finnish, according to the Waitrose) theme is interesting and is a bit different, but I think they could make the food a little tastier

VA
London
10 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice sense of open space both in height and space between tables. Pleasant staff and good food.

R
London
11 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a great discovery - scandinavian food at its best! From the moment we were sat down, we felt cared for in a very friendly and natural way.
The quality of the ingredients used and the cooking techniques are clearly careful mastered! Simple, yet complex and elegant food.
A lot of wines to choose from with quite a few on offer.
My only criticism about the food was the chocolate cake which I feel was not chocolatey enough - but that's me being picky.

A
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

While the food was great and the wine list respectable, Borealis' ambiance let it down.
The large open space was a little off-putting, feeling more like a hotel lobby than a restaurant.
This was not helped by the sparse spread of customers.
I won't be planning to take any guests along in the future but may drop in to see if things have picked up.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely atmosphere and plenty of seating areas to suit all types of diners (business, friends etc).
We had the lunchtime menu which was quite varied but not abundant in choices - not a problem as we had no problems choosing dishes.
Food was well presented and service quite swift and courteous.
I would certainly recommend

CS
London
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were extremely friendly and really made my boyfriends birthday very special!

PD
Cheshire
6 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.

EG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Saturday afternoon lunch for a family get together. Small menu but delicious food - ambeince is like a hotel come We Work space and would say it's worth the trip for a good lunch in London Bridge.

EC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Restaurant served OK/Good food, but ambiance and service would both quite poor. Odd place.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very beautiful interior and nice selection of food and drinks. A good option in Borough for dinner

L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Scandi fare and great service. The cinnamon bun ice cream was magical.

SS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Really good food, really nice staff, but very quiet. There were only three other tables busy in the entire time we were.

OT
London
30 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Yummy negroni

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AT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely and intimate, without being twee or cramped. Stylish selection of Scandi flavours, modern-classic rather than simply traditional. Excellent wines and whiskey. Personal, attentive service. Keep it a secret. PS Excellent selection for gluten-free diners.

MM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I was a little worried when I arrived and the restaurant was completely empty, normally a bad sign. The menu looked great but nobody else was eating dinner. Despite this we persevered and ordered the meatballs, salmon open sandwich and deep-fried plaice. The food was elegant and tasted fantastic - a hidden gem that's so hidden no-one apparently knows about it! Literally just outside Borough station - highly recommended.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food here was truly delicious and different than most other restaurants in the UK (or US). Make sure to try the Smorredod (curried Harring was delicious and a traditional dish), squid was exceptional, but do yourself a favor and order a Danish Martini. My. God. The bartender made the night. One of the best drinks I’ve had EVER

E
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place, liked that it was quiet. The service was fab. Only downside was my mums eggs were cold! But they brought out new ones pretty quick.

MT
London
36 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were well-looked-after and the food was lovely at Borealis. An interesting fusion of tasty scandi cuisine, with drinks to complement. Portions were sufficient but not overfacing. We went on a quiet night, so there wasn't a huge amount of atmosphere, but I suspect that would have been true in most restaurants (weather was so nice, everyone was still outside!).
Would recommend a visit!

SO
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and choice remains a firm favourite. The attention to detail coupled with value for money has made this the go to restaurant when meeting friends around London Bridge. It’s also a great place to go if your on your own -

OT
London
28 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb. The food, decor, service, ambience, pace of the meal, quality of ingredients.... I just wish it was busier! They deserve more guests in there.

We were well looked after... such a good restaurant.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The building is lovely and the staff were very nice and accommodating. The food itself was nice, although everything on the smørrebrød was a little too sweet for my taste.

MB
London
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Would prefer and/or pay more to have the Banana bread toasted and with some espresso butter or jam, etc.

z
London
17 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Having loved Ekte, I was looking forward to this dinner. It didn’t disappoint. Best seafood cooking in a while. Wine menu is expensive as expected from a nordic attitude but loved the Sicilian white wine. We loved the food , service and ambiance and would certainly go back for more.

F
London
17 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Large Scandinavian size portions, well cooked and well served

A
London
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointed the dish of the day was not available by 1.0pm
Tables for two are too small for eating a meal.
Pleasant staff, but I doubt this restaurant will survive long!

i
London
22 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a treat, the food was well prepared and a good range of choices of starters, mains and smorgasbord. We were made to feel welcome and looked after throughout the meal. I particularly enjoyed the way all the vegetables were cooked and presentation was as good as the taste and texture of the food. My companion had a perfect whole lemon sole and my grilled chicken was cooked just right. Beetroot gravalax, rye crisp bread and Swedish cheese board - wonderful from start to finish.

JK
London
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I have now dined or lunched at Borealis on 4 occasions. The food is excellent but perhaps the dessert menu could do with livening up. The service is very good indeed. The restaurant part of the premises has never been really busy. Maybe this is due to it needing more obvious signage to attract walk in business. Lovely place deserving popularity.

h
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great,unusual food, both for meat/fish eaters & veggies.

J
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Really nice space with a great atmosphere. Food was nothing special, nicely presented but hasn't blown me away. Staff was disorganised and our waitress was hovering and frankly made us feel we should be ordering more. She came over every 3 minutes and didn't really take note of the fact that we were in the middle of a business meeting. Staff needs to be more organised as well - when we suggested we can take a smaller table they seemed baffled and said they can't move us as the seating plan is made. The restaurant was 2/3 empty while we were there so... Anyways. Probably a nice place for a day time client lunch or meeting.

J
London
57 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous selection of starters which were v filling!

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

This was our first visit to Borealis, and sadly possibly our last.
The restaurant was nearly empty, the Bloody Mary served in a very small glass and filled with ice, so tasted of watered down tomato juice, and when I asked for some more tabasco/worcester sauce, it came back nearly undrinkable.
The food was OK, but a little overpriced (£27 for a piece of cubed beef), and all side dishes were extra.
The still water was tepid , and when asked for ice, we got 6 ice cubes.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really nice food. A bit hotel lobby in terms of setting but really enjoyed it.

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