Scandanavia has never been so cool. I don’t mean cool in terms of temperature, but thanks to it’s TV shows (The Killing, Borgen and Wallander), it’s fashion and it’s super tasty food and drink (especially the Finnish tipple Glogi), we’re seeing Scandanavian pop-ups take place around the capital this Christmas.
The chicest of the lot has to be at The Bluebird in Chelsea, where the entire garden terrace has been transformed into a cosy Winter lodge with reindeer hides, blankets, twinkling fairy lights and Christmas trees. We went along to the opening night and this pretty much sums up what the evening was about.
Basically, there’s the same attention to detail – and gorgeous Chelsea dwellers – that you get from the main restaurant just with a Scandanavian twist. As long as it’s not booked out for a private party or a networking evening (maybe call in advance) you and your date / dates can enjoy a menu packed with tasty nordic snacks and the most magical cocktails you’ve ever tasted.
How about Vinter Sval (Belvedere vodka, lime, mint, strawberry puree, sugar, rose liqueur and elderflower cordial) and Min Alkskling (Belvedere, Chambord, hot chocolate and raspberry puree) as well as the traditional Scandinavian Mulled Wine ‘Glögg’. Fridays are fondue nights, when you can share a fondue for two people for £25. It may not be as big as this mega 5-tier chocolate fountain but then it’s all about the quality, not just the quantity and I’ve never been disappointed at Bluebird,
Other snacks on the menu include traditional meats and fish on rye bread, including gravadlax and herring. You can get Scandi-dogs with crispy onions and house relish and those with a sweet tooth will be delighted to hear about Swedish pancakes with berry compote and creme fraiche.
The rye bread snacks served at the opening night were so delicious that I just had to take a photo as well as fight for them with the celebs including Casey Batchelor, Matt Cardle and some of the new members of Made In Chelsea. Shortly after I took the photo I scoffed the gravadlax one at the front!
Find out more on the Bluebird Chelsea website or call 020 7559 1000.
God Jul! (Swedish for Merry Christmas)