29
Feb
08

Nordic Bakery

I love it when people introduce me to their favourite food places, it is the best kind of recommendation. At my new job, one of the girls and I discovered a similar fondness for cake and pastries – passing the time discussing what kind of delicious concoction we are going to have next. H had been telling me about a Nordic Bakery she had gone to, which had amazing cinnamon buns. Needless to say, I was hooked instantly – imagining large, blond men standing around needing dough on a snow covered hillside (okay my imagination got away from me a little). Located at 14 Golden Square W1F 9JF, Soho, it is actually an uber-cool, modern little place – with dark wood, bench style seating.

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As the sign says, they specialise in dark rye bread open sandwiches and sweet sweet cinnamon buns, they have some other little biscuity cake things too. I looked it up and apparently the rye crispbread or reissumies, are baked in Finland, frozen and flown over. How’s that for authenticity? (Obviously a hefty carbon footprint, but we’ll ignore that) Featuring traditional Scandinavian and Finnish ingredients such as egg and anchovy, smoked salmon and gravadlax – it made me feel like I was holidaying in Europe for the day.

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As I am not a huge fan of pickles and anchovies, we decided to skip straight for a coffee and a bun – despite my protestations about having not having something ‘proper’ for lunch. We chose one of the aforementioned sweet sweet cinnamon buns and salivated over its golden stickiness. I love the way everything comes on a little tray, it’s like being on an airplane with really tasty food.

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The bun was so delicious, cinnamony and sticky, it tasted incredible – very decadent. The syrup was soft and gooey inside and caramalised on the bottom, unlike any cinnamon bun I had every tasted. The clever Nordic people also keep the basket of buns covered and with a heat plate underneath to maintain the moist, warm goodness.

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Please excuse the blurryness of this last photo, clearly my camera was too overcome with cake envy to focus properly – it’s the mechanical equivalent of drooling. Anyway, that is the Nordic Bakery in Soho, definitely worth a visit.

The verdict: It will set you back about £2 for the bun and £1 “something” for the coffee. Quite reasonable for the area. I will be back!

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2 Responses to “Nordic Bakery”


  1. 1 travelingwilbury
    March 17, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Hello there! I just discovered your blog and I am pleased as punch that you liked the Bakery ’cause I used to work there. I have just published a recipe for the Tosca cake(another version,not the one they actually use) in case you want to try your hand at it.
    Enjoy!

    Gabriela

    http://travelingwilbury.wordpress.com

  2. 2 eatersregret
    March 17, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Thanks for your comment Gabriela, the Nordic Bakery is a great place. Your blog looks very impressive and delicious, but am afraid baking of that calibre is usually beyond me 😉


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