Inviting Scandi bakery serving savoury snacks and sweet treats in Covent Garden.
There’s a bunfight brewing in London. Just a few weeks ago I was raving about the kannelbullar (cinnamon buns) at Fabrique in Haggerston. Now, just like Scandi crime novels, there’s already another thriller in town – the Swedish bakery (‘bageriet’) in Covent Garden is also a contender for producing the capital’s best buns.
Bageriet was opened by bakers Daniel Karlsson and Sven-Gunnar Appelgren at the beginning of May. And, judging by the succession of Swedes popping in for a coffee and a sweet treat during our lunchtime visit, it hasn’t taken long for word about this diminutive but stylish bakery and café to get around.
A counter along one wall is lined with Nordic baked goods – rounds of crispbread, plump cream buns and almond tarts. The pretty vanilla hearts saw rich custard encased in perfectly light and crumbly pastry liberally dusted with icing sugar.
The savouries were just as successful, although the range was far smaller. The smoked-salmon roll was enriched by a spoonful of shrimp and crabmeat in a creamy dill sauce, while an open meatball sandwich contained sweet slices of dill pickle and a well-balanced beetroot and apple salad.
And the cinnamon buns? Delightfully light, buttery and aromatic. We’ll be back for more.