Akvavit – Smorgasbord on the lunch menu
Scandinavian food is what they serve, here, but from the mini Danish flags and the visit Denmark posters they have on their walls, it might have a Danish slant, but really, I don’t see the difference between Danish or Swedish food unless someone is going to educate me on the nuances, so I shall safely categorise it as - Scandinavian. They only serve sandwiches and the good old herring and salmon, but if you are looking for a nice bowl of hot soup, this really isn’t the place. Lunch here reminds me of Europe and sandwich and cold cuts lunches that I miss on occasion and try to recreate with my almost daily cheese sandwiches.
Nosh: We shared everything so we could taste almost everything that we wanted, but servings are small so you can probably enough to cover your table and you’ll be able to finish it if you had a party of 4.
To start off, we had the herring done three ways – spicy, tomato and traditional, half and half which is salmon done two ways – Smoked Baltic Sea Salmon and Salmon gravad lax marinated. Following which, we had a selection of 3 sandwiches, but really they aren’t sandwiches in the way you will conceive them, but rather they are open sandwiches. From the selection of about 10-12, we had the shooting star, which is a mixture of cold seafood, port roast which is a house speciality and of course, the good old ‘Frikadeller’ meatball which is a classic.
Pay: Open-face sandwiches are S$9-S$17, Dinner Entrées average about S$25.
Rave: Nice and quiet spot for you have a Smorgasbord of sorts.
Room for Improvement: The open kitchen concept allowed me to observe that they plated our food and left it there sitting and waiting for something to happen. I can’t believe how long they took to prepare our food considering we were the only table.
Smorgasbord is an anglification of the Swedish word Smörgåsbord. It is a buffet style table in a restaurant, or a holiday feast at home, prepared with many small dishes. For a fixed amount of money, you are allowed to eat as many of these as you wish.