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All About Scandinavian Restaurants

Published at 03/20/2012 06:45:51


If you love the taste of fish, seafood, apples, potatoes and love the taste of salt then you should give Scandinavian food a try. There are quite a few restaurants in America that have a solely Scandinavian menu, and in this article we have listed a few. 


The first Scandinavian restaurant we will mention is the Smorgas Chef, which is located on the first floor of the Scandinavia House Cultural Center on Park Avenue in Midtown. The decor of this Scandinavian restaurant is one of vibrancy and uniqueness, with a large birch tree installation in the dining room center, expansive ceilings, colorful Arne Jacobsen chairs, a modern long white bar counter and there is an open kitchen so diners can see the chefs at work. The meats at this restaurant are  heritage breeds, grass- fed and pasture-raised on their farm or from neighboring farms. You can chose to dine for Lunch, Dinner, Brunch or Dessert. 

Dinner is a intimate and cosy affair at this Scandinavian restaurant. Below we have exhibited some of the delicious and authentic Scandinavian cuisine.

  • Starters and Salads: Bergen Seafood Chowder (mussels, salmon, cod, shrimp, dash of cream ), and Salad of Blenhiem Lettuces (pickled radishes and red onions, walnut vinaigrette, aged Parmesan ).
  • Entrees: Icelandic Cod ( potato crust, forest mushrooms, green beans, lemon butter ), Swedish Meatballs ( hive mashed potatoes, carrots, zucchini, squash, grädd sauce) and Duck Leg Confit ( apple potato saute, cherry gastrique, fried parsley).

Lunch on the other hand is a event that is veiled with vibrancy and activity. Their menu is as follows:

  • Appetizers: Swedish Meatball Appetizer ( Local heritage pork and grass fed beef meatballs, chive mashed potatoes, lingonberries) and Aquavit Cured Gravlaks ( ouse-cured salmon, pan-roasted potatoes, cucumber dill salad, mustard sauce).
  • Salads: Warm Goat Cheese and beet salad ( Oven roasted golden and red beets, frisée,spiced walnuts, caraway vinaigrette). Cold water Shrimp Salad ( Mesclun greens, avocado, pan-roasted potatoes, dill dressing) and Market Vegetable Salad ( Eggplant, zucchini, squash, red onion, baby arugula, pine nuts, Parmesan).
  • Sandwiches: Norewgian Smoked salman ( Chive scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, and sour cream on 8-grain bread), Ham and Jarlsburg ( Whole grain mustard, apple beet salad, raisin bread).
  • Entrees: Sirloin Burger ( Lettuce, dill dressing, tomato, pickles) and Herring Quartet ( 4 flavors, lefse wraps, potato salad).

Brunch, the delightful meal between breakfast and lunch is a unique experience at this Scandinavian restaurant.

  • Salads and Sandwiches: Blenhien Birdnest ( poached farm eggs, Blenheim arugula, oyster mushrooms, crispy pancetta) and Nordic Caesar Salad ( Crisp romaine lettuce, croutons, Parmesan cheese , grilled chicken breast).
  • Omelets and Benedicts: Scandia Omelet ( Asparagus, mushroom, bell pepper) and Hamlet ( Roasted ham, asparagus, mushroom, tomatoes)
  • Brunch Waffles: Scandinavian Vanilla waffles ( Two waffles with blueberry/raspberry sauce

Dessert, Scandinavian cuisine at its sweetest.

  • Warm Chocolate cake, Lingonberry cheesecake, and a Scandinavian Cookie Platter. 


The other Scandinavian restaurant that we will explore is  Domku, a glitzy and comfortable eatery in Washington D.C. Their menu encompasses the following cuisines, Scandinavian, Hungary, Bulgaria and the Caucasus, thus making for an unique and tasty dining experience. They service the Breakfast, lunch and Dinner. Below we have listed some dishes for each meal. 


  • Nordic Eggs Benedict, 2 poached eggs and gravlax on toasted sourdough rounds, topped with hollandaise. Served with side salad.
  • The Traditional Norwegian Pancake, Crepe‐like pancake with fresh fruit, powder sugar & lavender syrup.
  • Swedish Waffle, Heart‐shaped cardamom waffle, whipped cream & lingonberry preserves.
  • Pyt i Panna, Mix of diced & sauteed potatoes, carrots & onion.

Lunch and Dinner options:

  • Cured Fish Platter
  • Gravlax
  • Spinach in Blues
  • Raperry Almond French
  • Gravlax & Egg Smorrebrod
  • Pickled Herring Smorrebrod
  • Beet Carrot Salad
  • Abelskiver

Tips and comments

Some of the dishes at the Smorgas are subject to seasonal availability, so be sure to inquire with the restaurants workers to determine what is available to order.