Saturday 16 May 2009

Review - Madsen Restaurant, London, UK

It wasn't long ago that I found out about a new-ish Nordic restaurant in London. Having had a look at their website,, I quite quickly decided that I needed to go there next time I was up in London.

Recently I had some time off and we decided that a visit to London and Madsen Restaurant was a good idea so a table was booked for three of us for lunch.

It is just off South Kensington tube station so getting there was well easy.

The restaurant itself was nice and airy, with a couple of tables outside. The design was what most people would think of when asked to describe a typically Nordic design.

As I said earlier we went for lunch so we could only order from the lunch menu. Having said that, none of us had problems finding something that appealed.

What was ordered was roast pork, large Greenland prawns, a medium herring platter and a breaded pan-fried fillet of plaice.

All of these dishes tasted very good and the presentation could not be faulted. The herring was a real surprise, I had not expected it to be of such a good quality. The person(s) responsible for the different marinades deserves all the credit I can give them.

None of the dishes failed to remind me of what I used to eat 'back home'. It was like being transported home for an hour or so.

The prices were very reasonable, especially for being in London. Don't tell them but I'd be happy to pay more for that quality of food.

I'll definitely be back to try their dinner menu.

Mikey says: If you're from a Nordic country, stuck in the UK, and want a taste of home - book a table as soon as you can. If you're not from a Nordic country but curious as to the Nordic cuisine, book a table - you would have a hard time to find a better introduction than what Madsen Restaurant offers you.

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