A spontaneous company lunch trip where we suggest this latest branch of Fika Swedish Cafe & Bistro at the newly opened One KM Mall.
Layout is spacious and it was quiet on weekday lunch.
2 of us opted for the lunch set which includes the soup of the day, Panbiff (home-made beef patties with mashed potato & lingonberry jam) as their mains and dessert of the day.
My female boss's order. She wanted to try their crepes and she settled for a hot, savoury one. Grilla kyckling med ost, tomate och krasse, which translates to: 'Grilled chicken with cheese, sesame mayo and tomatoes, topped with alfalfa'.
The crepe on its own is pretty good actually. Crispy outside, soft inside and the savoury filling is really tasty! The other types of hot crepes are roast beef and a vegan version of mushroom with leek and cheese.
Chilled crepes come with seafood fillings like smoked salmon or skagen (shrimps in dill & mayo topped with roe). Sounds good, doesn't it?
Pytt i Panna
Sauteed diced beef, potatoes and onions and topped with a sunny-side-up egg and pickled red beet on the side.
This dish is pretty simple, yet flavourful. But the beef cubes were a tad overcooked, making them slightly dry.
Fiskarens pasta combo med hummer
Another colleague's choice of 'Fisherman's pasta combo with lobster'. Creamy pasta with abundant seafood, including a lobster. Who can resist?
This version is a large portion meant for (at least) 2 persons. There's a single portion version, sans lobster though.
I've always used this name in the context of 'a large mixture of many different things' but this is the first time that I actually encountered a REAL smorgasbord.
And Wow, was that impressive!
Fika's version of smorgasbord include:
Cold items on right (from top) - side salad, crisp rye bread & cheese, turkey ham, Surströmming (pickled herring), skagen and smoked salmon w/ capers.
Hot items on left (from top) - Swedish meatballs w/ lingonberry jam, grilled chicken w/ creamy whole grain mustard sauce, Black Angus sirloin served on a bed of mash and asparagus wrapped w/ bacon and homemade cream sauce.
This really is an awesome way to sample and share their food. Everyone loved the meatballs (wayyy better than Ikea, they say). Grilled chicken was good but the beef was also a tad over-cooked (again).
I personally love the cold portion, especially the pickled herring. It really is an acquired taste because it's pretty fishy (being pickled raw fish and all).
All in all, it's been a satisfying, if not hearty lunch. Will definitely come back for more. This time, I'm gunning for them meatballs!
Fika Swedish Cafe & Bistro
11 Tanjong Katong Road
One KM Mall
Tel: 65 6702 2456
Their website HERE.