Ekte Nordic Kitchen

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173 reviews
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Danish-born restaurateur Soren Jessen, who has owned successful City stalwart 1 Lombard Street since 1998 will officially launch Ekte Nordic Kitchen in the Bloomberg Arcade in the City of London on 30 April 2018. Ekte, meaning genuine or real in Norwegian, will offer a varied Nordic menu, overseen by Swedish-born Head Chef Robin Freeman. The Scandinavian-influenced restaurant and café/deli will be open daily throughout the day for both eat-in or takeaway, with changing menus from breakfast through lunch and dinner. Ekte strives to be sensitive to the environment and to create minimal waste by acting responsibly with its carefully sourced recyclable, bio-degradable and reusable packaging for its takeaway food and drink service.

Special Offers

2/3 courses: £19.50/£23.50

From the set menu

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 11 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 11 people

Starts: 4 June 2019

Ends: 4 December 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 17:00-22:30

What 173 People Are Saying
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DO
London
46 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was a little slow - but the food was good.

I’ll definitely return

LG
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious fresh food with a good choice, although not a large selection. Very friendly service, quite a slow, chilled pace. Been quite a few times and would definitely recommend.

T
London
57 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable Nordic food, in a very scandi space. Nice service, though our waitress seemed a bit unsure of what to do at times. Steak tartare definitely recommended, and the various juices are very good.

SC
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A restaurant of calibre far beyond what we expected. Food was fantastically well though-out and the waiter was funny, polite, helpful and attentive. We went with his recommendations throughout! Without a single disappointment.
Quieter than the other places around but all the more relaxing for it. We went for dinner and will be coming back for lunch. Strongly recommended. Try the Nordic Aperol Spritz!

EL
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Service kept coming at the wrong time to check on us. Some food was well overpriced. But tasty

D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

exciting food. good service. good value. good location.

SW
London
11 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really tasty light, healthy food options perfect for the summer!

n
London
12 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Had a chicken salad which was chicken and potatoes, although I expected some
Leaves too!

JH
London
7 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Perhaps the most unprofessional service I’ve had in London. Endless wait to take our order, starters were forgotten at the pass for 20 minutes (we could see them there...), no attention whatsoever - and it’s a real shame because the cooking is good. Sadly the service ruined the experience entirely.

k
London
15 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Was really excited to try this restaurant.
Hmmm mixed feelings; service was very hit or miss. Set menu was not explained clearly. Anything we ordered was not available (would have been easier to state both things at the beginning). Won’t be in a rush to go back!

f
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was ordering from the Set Menu, and all the options were very strong and reasonably priced. I hadn’t had Swedish meatballs best or lingonberries but that dish was so well balanced and cooked perfectly - I might go back just for that one dish alone! The service was brilliant and the background music added to the ambiance. I definitely recommend it!

M
London
13 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food, excellent for a warm day! Outside tables pleasant and good service.

B
Kent
16 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were the only group in the restaurant and they looked after us well

g
London
142 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Although pricey for what it is, the quality is good. The lamb and the beef was delicious.

e
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The meatballs were really good, as were the desserts and drinks. I liked the ambiance, which was chic yet relaxed. There were lots of different diners - couples, work dinners, single diners etc so it is suitable for a diverse range of diners :) Definitely recommend!

VC
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent food, Ekte is a solid choice for eating in the City. This time we visited with a toddler in tow (admittedly not their usual clientele) and were pleasantly surprised at discovering that they had high chairs and changing station in the bathrooms. We have been made feel so welcome by all staff, including the chef who was happy to explain to the little one what he was doing. Thank you!

T
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The frikadeller where so good!

j
London
269 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

First time at Ekte and enjoyed a quick dinner. My smoked salmon and deep-fried plaice were good. The service was attentive and arranged for the plaice dish to come without a curry sauce. The atmosphere was a bit dull but probably not for most diners who were arranged along the windows with the body of the restaurant empty apart from me.

S
London
9 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We ate here on Saturday lunchtime. Hadn't realised that weekend menu was brunch or just a few other dishes, not the main menu. However we all found something to eat. We had the mixed snittel plater along with some small plates each for starters which were all delicious. We all decided on the Bikesmad (Nordic hash) which we all thoroughly enjoyed. All in all very impressed with the food.
Service could have been better when we arrived, we sat for quite a while before being offered drinks. Only a few other tables were seated so it wasn't as if they were very busy.

JW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice, so happy this place to have lunch with my mum, we both love Scandivian food. I wish there could have been a few more dishes on the menu but what we chose was delicious.

t
London
398 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Why does the whole table have to order from the sane menu?

Why does 2 course mean starter and main?
Why can’t it be main and dessert?
All other restaurants’ set menu permits the options.
Why not you?
Not any difficulty for the staff in kitchen.

ST
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

unfortunately they had a fire alarm and we had to all leave the restaurant.
Did not have the opportunity to try my main.

SM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh food, good service

J
London
16 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Scandinavian dinning was a new departure for our group and the experience was very pleasant. Staff were pleasant and attentive, service was efficient and the food was excellent and there was a good choice of dishes. As senior citizens we probably need a bit more time to adjust to the ultra modern style of the restaurant but it will be worth the effort.

BI
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A good choice for a Friday night to meet for discussion when other places in the area get very noisy. Food slightly quirky to a traditional English palate, but fresh, interesting, well presented. Service could have been more attentive at times.

BH
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delightful and staff very attentive and helpful.

EB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I first went to Ekte on its opening day and have been regularly returning since. It has a great atmosphere, nice service and excellent Scandinavian food. It never disappoints, highly recommended!

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

If you’re after a soulless Nordic experience look no further. Tasteless food, clueless staff and overpriced menu. Do not recommend.

TC
London
22 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is brilliant! Just perfection. And the service is top notch. Been there about 4 times now, never had anything less than outstanding. I recommend it to everyone, especially my friends from Norway!

R
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Average experience. Hospitable staff, sea bream as a main dish was mediocre, appeared to be over cooked and the accompanying sauce did not compliment it.

LL
London
35 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The cinnamon bun ice cream was really really good!

N
London
148 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very short menu and the food that we saw leaving the kitchen looked good. We ordered the smoked carrots as a side dish but wouldn't have them again - after the initial novelty, the flavour just drowned out everything else.

S
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our friend as a surprise for her 50th birthday as her dad was Danish. The food was so nice with loads of flavour (even for me being a vegan). Friday nights are great and the music was just getting going as we had to leave sadly. The staff were lovely and it’s a great location very close to Cannon Street. I would definitely recommend.

SG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service and a good healthy alternative to other local eateries.

s
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this restaurant great food, nice business lunch venue. Also taking my Danish wife out to lunch on my birthday :-). Exquisite smoerbroed!!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a mid week lunch here with friends. We love Nordic food and wanted to order everything, so we shared about 8 plates between the three of us. We particularly liked the ox tongue, the smoked elk, and the herring smorrebrod.

One of us had to rush off for a meeting so we were hoping for quick service, but the food took rather longer then we expected. We mentioned it to the waiter when paying the bill and he kindly took about 30% of the bill! Overall we really enjoyed our lunch and definitely will be back .
The cinnamon buns are not to miss (grab one to go on your way out!)

B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had a delicious meal before heading over to the Barbican for a concert. It's only a 10-15 minute walk. We had a few Smørrebrød to start, topped with roast beef, smoked salmon or lightly fried mackerel. All delicious. I had the lamb rump which was wonderful. Seared exterior with nice pink center. Delicious sauce over one of my favourites, Kholrabi. Nice little pickle to cut through the lamb. Still thinking about it...
My wife had the Frikadeller, which she enjoyed with a rich potato mash. The only complaint we had was the temperature of the mash, which was a tad cold.
Finished with the cheese board and a light and crisp rhubarb crumble.
It was very quiet, we were the only patrons at 1800.
All in all, enjoyable. Will be back.

NC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Loved the food and the interior. The waiters were trying to be nice and helpful but they were often interrupting my conversation with my friend.
Other than that, I recommend this place. The open sandwiches are to die for.

M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, staff had great knowledge of the menu and were very helpful and friendly. Thank you!

BP
Surrey
76 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Ekte in the Bloomberg Arcade is an excellent addition to the usual city restaurants. Friendly and knowledgeable staff provide really helpful service. Quality food and good wine list at reasonable prices. Definitely recommended.

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