Ekte Nordic Kitchen

4.4
321 reviews
£26 to £40
Nordic
Ekte, meaning genuine or real in Norwegian, offers a varied Nordic menu, overseen by Swedish-born Head Chef Robin Freeman.
The Scandinavian-influenced restaurant is open seven days a week in the heart of City of London by Bloomberg Arcade, with changing menus from lunch, dinner and weekends Brunch.

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.

Support Ekte Nordic Kitchen during COVID-19

Experiences

  • Weekend Nordic Brunch - No Bottomless

    £30.00 per person

    Apr 16 - Sep 5, 2021

    We are reopening on the 12th April with amazing news! On Saturdays and Sundays join us for our special Bottomless Nordic Brunch with 3 course Nordic Menu, including amazing Smørrebrøds, Scandinavian Classics and delicious house made desserts. Book now and enjoy this spring and summer weekends in our outside Terrace in the heart of the City.
  • Weekend Nordic Bottomless Brunch

    £45.00 per person

    Apr 12 - Sep 5, 2021

    We are reopening on the 12th April with amazing news! On Saturdays and Sundays join us for our Weekend Nordic Brunch with 2 hours of free flowing Prosecco (£45) or Champagne (£65) & a 3 course Nordic Menu, including amazing Smørrebrøds, Scandinavian Classics and delicious house made desserts. Book now and enjoy this spring and summer weekends in our outside Terrace in the heart of the City.
  • 3 Course Nordic Set Menu

    £25.00 per person

    Apr 12 - Sep 4, 2021

    Enjoy our 3 Course Nordic Menu Monday-Friday all day and Saturdays from 17h. Code App doesn't apply for this menu

Offers

  • Summer in the Terrace

    Apr 12 - Sep 5, 2021

    We are very excited to be back from the 12th April \o/ We prepared he best space in the City of London for you, your Family and Friends enjoy the season safely and with all comfort. Join us in our incredible Terrace with special bar, refreshing drinks and wines and a fantastic new Summer Nordic Menu including: our famous Smørrebrøds, Scandi classics and delicious desserts and snacks.
  • Collect 500 bonus points

    Sun 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Mon - Wed 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Receive points for dining rewards, KAYAK hotel savings and more.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 321 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.2
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4.1
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!! Food was so good! Highly recommend!!!

JB
JohnB
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was really nice. Service was not great, waitresses were quite rude and made us wait 15 minutes for a table that I booked a month early.

RK
RashmeetK
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We booked for our anniversary and we had a good time

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katieu
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious!!! Food was fab. Def recommend the chive gin

OT
OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful meal with excellent service. We will be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is wonderful to have Ekte back, great food and service as always,

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were seated quickly and the service was friendly. However the service was a bit slow, and it felt like we got the only table without a heater! It was good, small, rich food and 3 courses for £25 was a good deal. Thank you!

MC
vipMagsC
London
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Large covered outdoor area. In the shade but with multiple heaters so not too chilly. Service was prompt and friendly. Larger drinks selection than displayed online, including beers and ciders.

RS
vipRSfff
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Didn't really have food but you're not allowed to submit without rating that as well. Had bread though, yum!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service - had to leave table but got looked after on a high bench with heater so able to enjoy the afternoon !

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Algovi
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Overall a bit disappointing.
My girlfriend and I booked a table to celebrate our 6th monthiversary and to take advantage of the lifting of eating out restrictions. We arrived on time to the minute for our booking, yet we were asked to wait for our table to be made ready. We waited for about 15 minutes and were not offered any drinks while we waited (we waited in the drinks-only area).
Once the table was ready, we were seated near the speakers, which were quite loud, so when combined with the general background noise, made it difficult to hold a conversation. We asked to be moved to a more quiet table, but unfortunately there were none available, which is understandable as the restrictions have just been lifted and service is only outdoors. However the worst part of the experience by far were the waiting times. Our booking was for 9pm and we only received our meals at around 9:50. The waiter seemed to be serving too large a section of tables, and although he was very friendly and took care to check if we were fine, he was clearly overwhelmed by the amount of tables he was serving. My guess is that the restaurant underestimated the amount of staff required to operate the outdoor sections after re-opening.
The food was good overall and the portions generous, however we felt they were a bit overpriced for what they were, specially the open sandwiches. The presentation was neat however, and cutlery and plates were clean. The waiter did bring us the wrong bottle of wine at first, but he rectified and got the wrong one in the end. He can’t really be blamed for that, as his shift must have been hectic.
So to conclude, we felt that this restaurant has much positive potential, but they need to polish their operations a bit and ensure that they have all the staff they need and not to overbook. We would gladly have spent more in the restaurant had the overall service been more efficient.

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Verew13
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere and good service. Tasty food. New organic beer on tap not so good... I recommend you go back to your previous offering.

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CharlesB
London
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food is usually very good at Ekte and my visit was no exception. What was pleasing is that on return from lockdown the service was much improved. Possibly a new team. Service was attentive, helpful and fast.
The ambience was fine. Colourful blankets cheered up the arcade setting. Large practical parasols with effective heaters completed a fine experience

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Tee4
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

£27 for 4 pints is a joke! They should not add service charge for drinks which just makes it completely overpriced - the price of the pints are £6 anyway, simply no justification for such extreme prices - I know its in the centre of London (City) but nevertheless. Overall its a pretty decent place and the staff are helpful but just be aware that if you just want to go for a couple of pints then it may be a bit of a shock!

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PatrickA
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice outdoor space and the staffs were amazing and kind to our request

SW
vipSajdahW
London
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience2

The service was badly organised and members of staff were overwhelmed.

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Steph
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The staff were lovely and really attentive but the food was unfortunately really ordinary. It was overpriced and limited in range, and portion size for the potato dumplings was really small. It was disappointing for a main meal.

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Hannah
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Despite small portions, food itself was delicious and I really enjoyed it - only wish there was more of it. The dumplings and the meatballs were amazing. Could have done with more veggie options on the menu.

Unfortunately service was extremely slow, we got brought other guest's food, and our starters never arrived, which was a shame. We were there almost 3 hours, and not out of choice, but because it took that long end-to-end even though we only ate one main dish each. Happy to appreciate they had just reopened after Covid and they're finding their feet again, and would give it a second chance assuming this aspect improves.

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NicolaD
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great location, handling outside drinking and dining really well with attentive service.

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kaspern
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overall a good experience. But the rye bread was not dark enough for my taste. And the Frikadeller was not really Danish frikadeller but Swedish kjøttboller.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

There was no heaters
There was hardly any scrimp in the Skagen

MK
MikeK
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Main issue was that one of the orders was mistaken and that by the time the confusing was dealt with, the kitchen had closed. Otherwise the food was ok. Price-wise its ok.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantatsic service, delish food and ambience was great

SP
SarahP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ekte has great staff, food, drinks, location and setting.

MM
MartynasM
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food - unbelievable, ambience and environment were just lovely, just one negative thing - somebody kept leaving the main door open so we could feel a freezing breeze at our table.

FK
FiKkly
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very pleasant unexpected surprised. Relaxed dining, nice food and good music. The staff were lovely though the room itself was a little cold feeling not very cosy and loos bit messy with paper.

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vipmunchmunch
London
19 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Clean, smart decor, pleasant attentive staff, nice combinations of flavours especially the meatballs/lingonberries. Nice range of drinks/cocktails.

IG
IrishGirlEats
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went for the £25 set menu option and it didn’t disappoint. All three courses were delicious and the chocolate cake was probably one of the best I’ve tried! Highly recommend the rare beef starter and meatballs main. The G&T was a steal as part of the set menu too. We were a mixed household so requested to sit outside - heaters and umbrellas ensured we were comfortable and toasty throughout the meal. There was a real buzz outside as I think majority were sitting outdoors! Looking forward to returning already.

DR
vipDotunR
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food, well presented with great service and ambience. Would definitely go back.

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joshtworld
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The service was nice and the food even better. looking forward to go to Ekte again

GH
GHD86
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Affordable and nice ambiance. Recommended for a date or meeting with friends

FD
FrancesD
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I obviously haven't been to Ekte as much as I'd like this year but the food is still excellent, and the staff very hospitable

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Jacko
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful staff, menu just a little different to the usual pan European fare, lovely space. Highly recommended

MB
MichaelB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a date with my girlfriend, ordered from the fixed menu, which was very fair value. We were absolutely delighted by the food, even the familiar dishes had integrated delicious new flavors that I couldn’t quite place. Great service too. Overall I’m highly impressed and would go back. Dessert also great, the chocolate one significantly exceeded expectations.

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RikkiL
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The place was understaffed and staff were very stressed.

This was unfortunate because it really impacted the service. Food was ok. We got the set menu, which came with a drink. No drink and we had to ask for the set menu twice.
Food was pretty bland, underseasoned.

Sadly we were really disappointed . However they did have a good wine selection.

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vipMissy
London
57 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and v great service

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vipAmelie
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful to have the continued eat out to help out scheme!
Great service and attention to the table

LC
LouiseC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and wines. Enjoy the Scandinavian food and great service!

RC
RobertC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent venue for a City lunch - great food, well-presented, excellent and friendly service.

MK
MK80
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Unfortunately the food let the restaurant down. I am a regular at Ekte and normally love it but this time most of us felt like a stomach bug after.
I hope this was a one off unfortunate event.

FAQs

Ekte Nordic Kitchen does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Uber Eats. Ekte Nordic Kitchen also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 3814 8330.

Ekte Nordic Kitchen is rated 4.4 stars by 321 OpenTable diners.

Ekte Nordic Kitchen does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://ektelondon.giftpro.co.uk/vouchers/ekte-welcome-back-voucher/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.