"Scandinavian cocktails and food on the outskirts of Soho"Review Rating: Reviewed by Leila
Down some slightly precarious steps you will find the Nordic Bar, with its black walls and winding corridor past the bar which leads on to further seating and a smoking area at the back. TV screens cater to footie fans when competitions are on, as well as some very smart mini-screens on the beer pumps, to allow those waiting at the bar to not miss a second of the game.
As we step down inside we feel we’ve entered into a greenhouse, a black-out greenhouse to be precise. “It’s not very Nordic, is it?” Friend remarks on the temperature. There is a Christmas tree in one corner, perhaps to add some winter ambience despite it being June.
The bar is busy but not packed, as many are choosing to stay outside with their drinks on this summery evening. There are mostly groups of men sitting in close proximity to the screens watching sport, the night is young however.
There is Scandinavian food available, including Swedish kotbullar or meatballs, deep fried Norwegian cheese with lingonberry jam, and Danish Polse sausage. We eschew food in favour of cocktails however, which have also been designed with the Nordic theme in mind.
The Longberry (£6.95) is a sweet berry concoction containing muddled raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, lingonberry juice, blueberry liqueur and lemon juice.
The Nordic Caipirinha (£6.95) beckons. Made with coconut syrup, lime and Swedish Aquavit rather than cachaça, it bears little resemblance to its Brazilian counterpart other than the lime. It is enjoyable nonetheless and very refreshing.
Elsewhere there are champagne cocktails to choose from, and I am told the creamy Snowflake with Tia Maria, Bailey’s, cream, and a chocolate flake is very good. There are shooters for the hardcore, and Scandinavian bottled and draught beers.
The Nordic Bar is a charming enough spot on the outskirts of Soho; there are even thoughtfully laid out tourist brochures close to the entrance, should you be suitably seduced to want to plan a trip to Scandinavia after your visit.
Leila reviewed Nordic Bar on Wed 23 Jun 2010