Madsen SW7
REVIEWS, May 19, 2009
Overall Value
2
out of 5
Food 
Service 
Ambience 
2
  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambience
Madsen, 20 Old Brompton Rd, London, SW7 3DL

A plain but quite charming Scandinavian restaurant, hard by South Kensington tube; we found the food unexciting, but of generally good quality.

Urged on by a rave review elsewhere, we finally got around to visiting this Scandinavian restaurant, which opened a few months ago, just over the road from South Kensington tube station.

We’re glad we were encouraged to visit, but couldn’t quite understand the ‘rave’. This is certainly a useful destination, if one which – with its pleasingly plain décor – seems more of a natural for lunch than for dinner.

Attendance was sparse, however, on the day we lunched. Which is a shame, as most of the food was good. Our top recommendation would be to make a meal of the smushi – a catchy name for small open sandwiches (of which the one we most enjoyed was the egg mayonnaise).

Rather hard-edged fish cakes – though served with nicely timed new potatoes and a small salad – were less of a success, and not obviously superior to the typical home-grown version. A rhubarb ‘crumble’ – prettily presented cold, in a glass – might similarly have been said to have no obvious advantages over the classic à l’anglaise.

Overall, though, the experience was pleasant, and we might even go back if we were looking for lunch in the area. But a ‘rave’? We must have missed something.

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