Borealis

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MB
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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z
London
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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A
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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!

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i
London
15 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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

Fabulous selection of starters which were v filling!

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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.

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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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P
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Interesting, healthy food at a good price. Restaurant rather empty on a Thursday lunchtime - probably due to slightly out of the way location. If you are looking for something different and healthy that is top business lunch quality and dont mind walking down to by Borough Tube and dont mind having the restaurant almost to yourself (I think 4 tables were full) this is highly recommended.

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q
London
25 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent scandi restaurant. Food very nicely cooked!

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

The food was fabulous. Our waiter was great. It was really good to eat a different type of food. A refreshing change from pasta!
The restaurant was quiet. This worked for our group but I can’t understand why it was not packed. Beautiful Scandinavia design and detail.
I would definitely go back

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AJ
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very creative menu delivered with some style. The pork chop is the best I’ve had in London. I spoke to the Chef and he says it is because they brine it in a special seasoning for a day before cooking. It was a great cut of meat. This is a place you can go for an elegant meal in a relaxed environment without spending a fortune. A real gem for anyone in the area.

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S
Hertfordshire
14 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice menu nicely presented imaginative cocktails little bit out of the way and perhaps a little pricey which may have explained why it was fairly empty. Possibly more a day time venue?

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Staff were great. Overall good value.

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I
London
38 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had never heard of the restaurant and took a chance. I was pleasantly surprised about the food, service and overall appeal.

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unexpected treasure in South London. Quiet (you can actually hear what other people are saying!), delicious food and reasonably priced. Very Scandinavian in the style so maybe not your thing if you're looking for something very trendy. Apart from that, go for it !!

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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

It lacked the so well known “hygge”
Candles not lit , service not attentative!
Food so so!
The rye bread was good though !

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LH
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious seasonal Scandi food in a lovely airy restaurant space. The restaurant was happy to accommodate our young daughter with a special small meal.

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JW
London
15 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service very good. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and very helpful. Service was efficient. Great place if you want to try something a bit different. Overall good value for money.

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S
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Would have stayed there forever if it wasn’t disproportionately expensive. Food was amazing, drinks were lovely and atmosphere was so calming and peaceful, but for the portion sizes I’d have liked to pay less. That said, it was delicious!

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H
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A LITTLE gem, don't tell everybody. Great service spotless and food amazing. New to herrings but loved them all. Good luck with your venture.

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LD
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicous food and great staff! Highly recommended!

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HF
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed our meal. Waitress didn't really know the menu, was unable to explain what was what, but very nice girl. Lovely fresh food.

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OL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

LovelySfood and good service - speedy and attentive but not overbearing. The Scandi design of the restaurant is nice too. The only drawback is that its lacking any buzz - it reminded me of one of the places where you sometimes end up on holiday, where your heart sinks a little because only a couple of tables are occupied. A great place to catch up with friends, though - lots of space and no need to shout across the table. So get out of the queue for Padella and go along.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Tasty Scandi food and great service let down slightly by quality of the wine

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G
London
14 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Had to wait 30 mins for our mains. We received a couple of half-hearted apologies. We weren’t a a rush but weren’t offered any compensation etc. It was a very quiet day in the restaurant, so we were surprised by the delay.

Anyway...the food is excellent. The meatballs are superb and the cheese one of the best in London and exceptional value.

Just speed up your cooking, lads.

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M
London
33 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice flavours, good service in an interesting setting. Will be going back!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great taste of Nordic cuisine and very peaceful place

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Hope this establishment is new: it was surprisingly empty for a Saturday night and the service was somewhat laidback. We had to reach out to the ice-bucket and pour the wine ourselves. But otherwise everything was really nice: the food was great, the fish of the day was very fresh. Would recommend to anyone looking for new tastes and culinary experiences.

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L
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

The food was okay. However, the staff did not know what was on the menu and when asked to explain certain dishes the manager was very abrasive and when we were charged for the wrong bottle of wine - we we're blamed. It's a shame as I was looking forward to enjoying a Scandi experience locally

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AH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had breakfast and lunch at Børealis and I can't wait to go back! The food was astoundingly good and the service and attention to detail impeccable. The service was spot on yet unobstrusive and the food beautifully served, delicious and excellently paired with the wine. Nordic cool - and better than in Copenhagen!

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D
London
20 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice food lovely place nice staff - a` great addition to Borough dining.

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KB
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Lovely restaurant but was just totally empty! May be because we were there on a Tuesday night. Food was delicious and interesting And the decor was gorgeous, shame there was nobody there.

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OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We love this newcomer to the SE1 restaurant scene. The food is really lovely (the roast cod, pumpkin soup and meatballs were hits at our last dinner) and has a nice Nordic / British fusion. The space is a little odd - opening into the lobby of the building, but there are quiet nooks to situate yourself. The cinnamon ice cream with apple brandy is a new favourite.

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Excellent food, big place so need to work on ambience. Great for a low key, great quality dinner

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JR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable but friends found it hard to find! The address was Borough High St. but there was no signage obvious on Borough HIgh St., only around the corner in Marshalsea Rd.

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j
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food (the cinnamon bun ice cream is a must!) and incredibly efficient service - a brilliant find.

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