KuPP

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KuPP

A modern Scandinavian restaurant/café that shines in the unpromising environment of Paddington Basin.

Kupp transcends its soulless and bleak Paddington Basin setting and establishes itself as a destination worth travelling to for anyone who lives within walking distance. And for the office minnows who paddle in the Basin, it’s a godsend – the best place to eat in the complex.

Kupp is officially Scandinavian, and plenty on the menu justifies the tag. Other things don’t, such as burgers or a chorizo sausage roll. ‘Modern restaurant with Scandi roots’ might be closer to the mark. The look combines Scandi-streamlined with London-industrial, and windows the size of Berkshire give a great view of the canal just a few feet away. 

Kupp does breakfast, lunch and dinner. We went for Sunday lunch and ordered two bords (their spelling), one with cured fish (Fiske Bord) and the other a mixture of meat and fish (Kupp Bord). They’re both £22, both sufficient for a lunch for two, and both excellent: good ingredients simply presented. Sausage roll features on the mixed board and was so good we ordered another (£6). Open-faced sandwiches (£6-£8.50) are served on weekdays only, but they’ve had so many requests they may change that policy. 

Desserts are an absolute must. Single portions of lingonberry mess and sticky chocolate and hazelnut cake (both £6.50) had a table of six fighting over it with spoons. Coffee is well made. There are beers and a short, reasonably priced wine list (a 175ml glass of white set us back £4.50).

A tip for the cartographically challenged: enter the basin from the Edgware Road end of Praed Street, not from Paddington, to avoid getting lost. And you won’t want to get lost when Kupp is your destination. If it’s possible to have an oasis by the side of a canal, this is it.

By: Richard Ehrlich

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Venue name: KuPP
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Address: Unit 53
5 Merchant Square
London
W2 1AS
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 7am-11.30pm, Fri 7am–midnight, Sat 10am–midnight, Sun 10am–10.30pm
Transport: Tube: Edgware Rd or Paddington
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Tastemaker

I recently visited KuPP with some friends and sadly, despite the reviews, didn't have the greatest experience. We had booked and decided to take a table outside in the sun, after sitting there for around 20 minutes I had to go in and chase them to come take our order, by which point we were gasping for a drink and yet they still took their time and didn't apologise. When the food came out, the waitress accidentally dropped my meal on the floor - completely understand that mistakes happen, but they took forever to bring a replacement and then when it arrived it wasn't quite what I'd ordered. The food was very mediocre and the service continued to be poor. The bill had a service charge on it despite this and I was only offered a complimentary drink after we had paid when we were clearly leaving. Sadly I don't think I will be visiting again.

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I was looking for somewhere new, different and a little bit exciting to go for brunch, when KuPP popped up. The Scandi-inspired restaurant in Paddington Basin seemed like the perfect place, especially as Paddington isn’t an area I’ve really explored before. Clearly an area where a lot of time has been spent developing, the large glass windows and outside seating area of the modern building, looking out onto the canal with the beautiful, old canal boats was a delightful setting on a Saturday morning.


For £30 a person, KuPP offers unlimited Smorgasbord refills alongside either bottomless Czech Pilsner Krusovice, or a choice of special Aquavit cocktails – the Collins or Bloody Mary – which can be enjoyed during a 90-minute sitting. I can definitely recommend the Aquavit Collins – a delicious cocktail which has a hint of aniseed, and bitter lemon.


As there were two of us, we decided to try two different bords. Firstly, The Fiske Bord, which included home-cured Norwegian gravlax, Atlantic prawn Skagen, home-smoked trout, Hanson & Lyderson smoked salmon, KuPP potato salad, roasted beetroot, pickled vegetables, rye bread and Leksands Knacker crispbread.


Everything on the bord was incredibly tasty, from the home-cured gravlax which was soft, melt-in-the-mouth delicious to the Skagen, which was something I’d never tried before – an interesting and tasty mix of prawns, avocado, cucumber and dill. The pickled vegetables added a touch of acidity to the dish that cut through the creaminess of the potato salad, and the roasted beetroot were perfectly sweet and earthy. All this was topped off by the hot-smoked trout, which was delicately smoked and not at all overpowering, or bitter as can sometimes be the case. As KuPP has an open kitchen, we were even able to watch the next batch of trout go into the hot-smoker, which added an extra special touch to the meal.


We also tried KuPP’s namesake, The KuPP board. This one is slightly more meat-based, including house smoked pork meatballs, chorizo sausage roll, smoked Sussex gammon, more KuPP potato salad and pickled vegetables, sourdough, and Leksands Knacker crispbread. The bord also comes with Vasterbotten cheese which, was mysteriously missing from our bord, and potted rabbit which, after being a loving rabbit owner of 12 years, I still struggle with slightly.


Again, this bord was exceptionally good. The chorizo sausage roll was spicy from the chorizo but without the greasiness that sometimes accompanies cooked chorizo. The meatballs were perfectly cooked, and again didn’t have an overpowering smoked flavour, and even the ham tasted good.


If I go back, I think The Fiske Bord would probably pip The KuPP Bord to the post as my favourite but, overall a scrumptious brunch in a very pretty setting, with some incredibly drinkable cocktails. For £30, this is an absolute steal. 

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Wow some amazing reviews here - fab photos below from Photosbysooz. I didn't go here for food but I did go for drinks in the pouring rain ☔️ We sat inside and it was really nice, quiet, modern and a tiny touch studenty. I would definitely go back as I do like that little walk along the canal to Maida Vale and you can always do a mini pub crawl since you aren't far from The Waterway.

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Kupp is a light and spacious open-plan all day venue in the middle of Paddington Basin. I imagine the outside seating must be nice in summer. I had a lunch there with a friend on Wednesday and it does seem like a popular lunch spot for people working in nearby offices (there were many, many office workers sporting their office badges and lanyards all around). They cater to big groups too (there was a group of 15 or so people sitting next to us). They seem to be employing that dubious service model where whoever is free takes your order, which inevitably led to waiters approaching us to take our order in quick succession when we still have had no time to read the menu, and then none was anywhere to be found when we were actually ready to order. The menu is Scandinavian inspired and there's a separate 'fika' spot at the entrance where you can get a take away coffee before heading back to the office. We both had the same roasted pumpkin and kale salad, that I spruced up with smoked trout and my friend with chicken. The food arrived promptly and was satisfying. Warm pumpkin, a generous serving of protein, blue cheese and hazelnuts made for a wholesome lunch meal, not too heavy, healthy, yet fulfilling. It took a while to get the bill and then to settle, but as the food was delivered quickly we still got enough time to make it back to work in time. I don't really fancy coming back for dinner (for reasons of intermittently satisfactory service and also Paddington Basin is quite soulless), but lunch whenever I'm around is not out of question.

Tastemaker

I utterly adored my visit with my father to KuPP. In a location i've only ever visited before to meet my mother after work (Vodafone HQ is around the corner) and somewhere I never would have imagined could home such a wonderful venue, this fresh, bold Scandi-Brit restaurant is like a rose in a weed bush!

There is a lot of copper dotted around the place, with rustic copper topped tables and gorgeous industrial style light fixtures, all set against an exposed brick wall - the stuff my dream home is made of. It gives the place a lot of character, despite its relatively recent completion and opening. The high ceilings along with the large windows make the room bright and spacious. There is a real sense of brand identity and you can see a lot of scope for a franchise.

We ordered the Fiske Bord (£25) which was perfect for sharing between 2 or 3, or as one almighty feast for one. The board is generously piled high amazing things, including incredible salmon and trout (scandi = fishy) and a gorgeous collection of pickled vegetables which were sweet and sour. The gravadlax was highlighted by the waitress as being something they were particularly proud of, and quite rightly so. Smooth and fresh, delicately complemented by the dill and a squeeze of lemon, it was beautiful both with or without the crispbread which tasted like a high-end ryvita cracker!

Tastemaker

Kupp was a fabulous little find along Little Venice, near The Paddington Basin - though I would never have stumbled across it as it’s not on the main drag. Luckily a bit of research on Google maps first brought me there. With a lovely canal-side location, a very cool interior and a refreshingly different menu, it turned out to be a nice place for a pleasant and leisurely lunch on a Saturday.

The food was mixed. We had starters that promised so much more than they delivered – the avocado with chilli/lemon dressing was not actually very flavoursome at all and well overpriced at £6 for a not so generous portion of avocado on the two crispbreads and the beetroot and goats cheese salad looked good, but tasted, again, pretty average. Neither were bad in any way, just not as special as they sounded!

So we weren't expecting much for the mains – yet that turned out to be really very delicious! My friend and I shared a ‘Salmon Coulibiac’ and a ‘Butternut & Kale Salad’, which turned out to be the perfect combo. The salmon was huge and melt-in-your-mouth perfectly cooked and served with potatoes and a lovely pickled coleslaw on the side for a Scandi twist. The salad was really flavoursome and complemented the main dish well. Perfect for sharing.

They promote a bottomless brunch on weekends, which people seemed to be enjoying, but I would be happier to go for the main menu items again, perhaps just skipping starters and probably sampling some dessert, which, peeping over to a neighbouring table, looked extremely naughty and nice.

Fairly quiet on the weekend, despite the great weather, we were told that the place was buzzing during the week from local office workers and residence, so I definitely want to go back on a nice sunny evening and sample the atmosphere as well as the food again...Well worth a visit and a nice change from the chains further up the canal.

Tastemaker

Recently I experienced a small crisis. I realised, amongst other things, that I haven't been using all the benefits of my Time Out Card. I was curious to try a restaurant where I could try my card. And so when my friend suggested a weekend lunch, I suggested we try a Scandinavian spot called Kupp, knowing we could get 25% off the food bill. Kupp is set in a quiet location, tucked away alongside Paddington basin. The venue itself is quite large, with somewhat of an edgey, steel'n'chrome warehouse feel upon entering. The restaurant seating itself is more varied. Wooden tables, cushion booths and high tables attract different kinds of people. There was a mix of those there for a meal, vs a coffee or a beer. My friend and I shared an avocado knackerbread. It did feel a bit like avocado on crispbread, but it was tastefully decorated with watercress and slightly spiced. The chilly day called for a dark hot chocolate on the side. This was really nice, although the plastic glass it was served in meant that it got cold quite quickly. As the token vego I ordered the blue cheese and mushroom tart, which I highly recommend. The puff pastry was delicate and rewarding, and held together the creamy and cheesey mushroom mix. My friend ordered the cheeseburger, which he later described as "amazing" (at the time he mainly made subtle munching noises of appetite approval). I would say the service was quite slow to begin with, but did pick up towards the end (perhaps to make room for more customers!) Overall was a lovely lunch and I'd be keen to try some of their other dishes. Particularly as I'm quite new to Scandinavian cuisine! I did spot a tempting £30 bottomless brunch...

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Scandinavians. Blonde, beautiful & glowing with health, a girl could really develop an inferiority complex if only they weren't so darn nice too and now, to top it all off, they've only flipping moved into my work neighbourhood, bringing with them all manner of utterly scrumptious food & drink! I don't know, some people...


Ok, the fact of the matter is that Kupp and its concept of high quality, low fuss food served in a warmly minimal Scandinavian environment is, quite simply, refreshing in idea and ravishing in execution. Cheery staff, looking for all the world like extras from the latest volume of Kinfolk, are both welcoming and understated and the large, open-plan, warehouse space is a handsome blend of bare brick, geometric patterns & splashes of leafy foliage. Outdoor seating overlooks the canal making it equally perfect for a sun-kissed sun-downer or a glove-hat-and-scarfed up mug of coffee. 


The breakfast menu already has me planning my next visit - 8am Cardamom Swedish Sugar Pancakes breakfast meeting anyone? - while the generously portioned lunch menu sees hot & cold open sandwiches sat alongside salads, sharing boards and grill options that include whole roasted sea bass, venison with lingonberry sauce and a a proper handmade Swede dog that will drive all thoughts of the Ikea £1.25 special out of your life for good. A large group of us visited for lunch and handily, we had been able to pre-order so service was swift meaning we didn't have to chase our food with generous portions of indigestion. 


The warm roasted butternut & kale salad with blue cheese, rye croutons & lingonberry dressing was topped up with grilled chicken and I'm not even ashamed to admit, it was so freaking delicious that I wanted to pick up the bowl and two-year-old-toddler-style lick it clean. Y'know when you order a salad and there's bits you like and there's always bits you don't really want and wish had got lost on their way to your bowl? Not here. No sir, this was fan-flipping-tastic and I loved every sweet, nutty, stinky, superfoody mouthful.


The Paddington Basin might not have always been known for its superb range of dining options but with the likes of Pizza Express opening up - say what you like but where the dough balls go, the people will follow - and a great summer schedule of events such as the floating cinema and the Wimbledon deckchairs bringing more people than ever to it, its star is definitely in the ascent. If you work anywhere near and are in dire need of an alternative to the Manger, the 'Bucks or any of the other cookie cutter chains, I can't recommend a brief sojourn to the shores of Scandinavia via West London enough. Kupp, you might just be making W2 kool... 


Staff are amazing, ambience great, right on the canal so location is amazing. Food is good, occasionally you can have the odd tough steak but we eat here ALL the time and we are so lucky it's so close. Love it love it!