MISSION COMPLETE. To try all three nordic bakeries in London, why? BECAUSE I CAN AND I'VE DONE IT NOW.
I was actually walking from great portland street to the office, cutting through marylebone high street, and lo' and behold, I smelt a tempting sexy smell, something that reached out to my base instincts. Cinnamon, I turned around and looked, and looked again. And, there it was, the source of the smell, the familiar sign, Nordic Bakery. I can't even begin to tell you how happy I was.
Since, I was on my way, I grabbed a cinnamon bun to takeout and it was warm, gooey, cinnamony and my life just felt complete. It stuck to the paper bag, but that just makes it that much more sexy when you peel it away. Nothing could take my happiness away that day, not even a closet to clean.
Another Nordic Bakery has opend its door in Marylebone...and this can be a little confusing when you set up a meeting with someone saying: "Let's meet at the Nordic Bakery in Marylebone." In fact, this is exactly what happened to me the other day, and I ended up waiting at the shop on Dorset Street, while the other person was at this new branch on New Cavendish Street. Anyway, we had quickly realised this confusion and so I headed over to New Cavendish Street...already smelling the cinnamon buns from a block away!
What I like about the Nordic Bakery is...well all of the good stuff that they offer: cinnamon buns, oatmeal cookies, salmon or Gravadlax on dark rye bread and a Finnish specialty called Karelian Pie, the latter being a rye-crusted savoury snack with rice or potato mash filling.
I once had to plan a breakfast at my office for around 30 people and I placed an order of all of the above items...you won't believe how happy and satisfied my colleagues were. They loved it...even the Scandinavian colleagues amongst them.
The cinnamon buns are delicious: sticky and sweet like one would expect. We visited the one in Westmoreland St but it felt like landing in Copenhagen. The little Swedish chairs, the plainly decorated plates, the staff, the tall windows... everything really is Nordic in this place. The blueberry buns are divine too. Our only complain was that the sandwiches were served cold. Not cheap but not over priced either.
Why did I not know about this branch of Nordic Bakery before?
My office moved to Fitzrovia very recently, and I've just about gone through each and every coffee shop over the last few weeks. Given that Nordic Bakery in Golden Square rates as one of my top five cafes - I love the minimalist decor, the wooden furniture, and, most importantly, the cinnamon buns! - I can't believe I only found out three days ago that Nordic Bakery's within walking distance of my office.
In spite of my current baked goods abstinence, I made a mad dash for Nordic Bakery once it was time for lunch. It wasn't too easy to find. Although its address is New Cavendish Street, the cafe's actually located on Westmoreland St, and easy to miss if you're not aware of its number. The window looks exactly like the original in Soho, with the distinctive wording of "dark rye bread, cinnamon buns, coffee" written across it.
But, be aware that a meal here is not cheap. I had a smoked salmon sandwich (small), two karellian pies and a cappuccino for £9.40. I'm still a little hungry now, to be honest! It's probably better value to come here for a tea-time snack. Try one of the cinnamon buns. They're done the Finnish way, and are very substantial. They're incredibly delicious, and at £2.20 each, are a bargain given just how tasty they are. I'm salivating just thinking of one now.
The Scandinavian Kitchen also offers cinnamon buns, but, in my (admittedly not-at-all expert) eyes, they didn't qutie match up to Nordic Bakery's.
Nordic Bakery's also great if you have time to spare, and you want a place where you can sit down for a while, whether by yourself to read a book, or with friends to indulge in a long afternoon chat, this is most definitely the place to come to. The mood of the place positively encourages lingering.
You can bet I'll be back here once Easter comes around. I want my cinnamon bun, and I want it baaaad.
Oh the serenity. At the moment this place is nothing like the Golden Square branch where every weekend there seems to be a competition to see how many people can fit in, kind of like the clowns in the miniature car at the circus. This branch on the other hand is nearly deserted on a Saturday afternoon.
The coffee is OK but nothing spectacular. If it works the same as the other branch then most likely this is because it's on the weekend. This also applies to the cinnamon buns which look a bit small. The best bet is to come on a weekday if possible.
The interior follows the same concept as the other branch with a simple design and lots of wood.
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