An oasis of calm and poise in frenetic Soho, this cool café is a fantastic under-the-radar pitstop for Scandi-style sandwiches and sweet treats.
Stepping out of the anarchy of Soho, pushing open the heavy wooden door and crossing over into Nordic Bakery’s calm, ordered world gives you a rush of reassurance that everything will, in fact, be alright. You’ll be greeted by attractive smiling servers and cocooned in a warm wood-lined interior where everything, from the Alvar Aalto furniture to the Helvetica signage, is clean of line and muted in tone. Even the sandwiches look pretty – neat circles of dark rye supporting Scandinavian staples such as gravadlax, brie and lingonberry, or the delicious combination of vinegary herring with soft egg and a smooth mustardy mayonnaise. Or try a karelian pie – a traditional Finnish rice or potato pasty, perhaps with a bottle of Nordic’s in-house blueberry cordial. Get there early if you want to get your hands on one of the famous cinnamon buns, though the squishy, sugary butter buns are pretty addictive too.
|Venue name:||Nordic Bakery||Contact:|
14A Golden Square
|Opening hours:||Meals served 8am-8pm Mon-Fri; 9am-7pm Sat; 10am-7pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Piccadilly Circus tube|
|Price:||Main courses £3.25-£4.20|
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Average User Rating
3.2 / 5
- 5 star:3
- 4 star:1
- 3 star:4
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:2
I'd heard loads of great things about this place and actually made a u-turn to visit it when I cycled past it last week. The queuing situation seemed a bit all over the place (turns out they're card machine was down, tut tut), but my first impression was that people love the bakery, they do what they do well, and a regular visit never hurts. Especially if you're going for the cinnamon rolls - they're so good!
The cinnamon buns are kept warm at all times making them particularly to-die-for! But the coffee isn't great. Full details and photos on my blog here: http://hyhoi.com/2014/09/nordic-bakery-cinnamon-buns-scandinavian/
Have You Heard Of It? restaurant & bar blogger | HYHOI.com
I remember the days this was still a great place to go! Sadly nowadays the coffee is mediocre at best, the staff seem stressed and grumpy, and the buns are a former shadow of themselves! Once I even walked in and they didn't have their signature rye bread! I guess the saying "What goes up, must come down" really does apply here. I hope they aren't expanding too much as I miss the days I could walk in and see the happy smiley (and yes a cliche - blonde) people that I would love chatting to, sit down and enjoy a great cuppa with a wholesome sandwich... not warburtons half and half sandwiches with burnt coffee and baristas that seem to constantly be changing. BUT if you're still looking for rye bread and sugary buns then its still the (almost) only place to go! Please get your act together again Nordic Bakery. Love - a former regular.
Amazing buns. Not your cheap sugar filled commercial ones. Expect something completely different and amazing. Been going for over two years now. Never had a problem with staff. Not for the type that considers McDonald's an enjoyable meal.
Great coffee, great cinnamon buns. However, abrupt and snarky wait staff cast a gloomy cloud over the experience...
Rather gloomy place with ok-ish. Tasteless, overburned and dry cinnamon rolls - which is what they advertise as being great....Avoid it, there are much better places.