This winter, Manhattan’s perennially popular Nordic fine dining restaurant Aquavit (est. 1987), with an emphasis on tasting and prix fixe menus, will open a London outpost in Haymarket’s new St James’s Market development.
It has been brought to the UK by Philip Hamilton, CEO and founder of Aquavit London, and will offer all-day dining, showcasing the contemporary Nordic cuisine and design that has made its NYC sister an enduring hit. The menu will be overseen by Emma Bengtsson, exec chef of Aquavit New York, but executed by head chef Henrik Ritzen (a graduate of The Dover Street Arts Club, La Petite Maison and Lutyens).
Dishes include: Butter-Poached Cod with Fennel Aioli and Salt-baked Celeriac Root and Seared Duck Breast with Pickled Quince and Buckwheat Porridge, as well as classic Nordic choices such as Toast Skagern.
The London outpost promises a more relaxed and informal setting than its State-side sibling – a certain stiffness in service and ambience is a quibble with diners at the Midtown restaurant (mind you, it is the only quibble).
The expansive St James’s dining space will showcase Nordic design in a welcoming, informal environment; overseen by the design studio of Swedish-born Martin Brudnizki (The Ivy, Scott’s and Sexy Fish). An original, wall-mounted textile designed by Olafur Eliasson will be a centrepiece, alongside silverware from Georg Jensen, uniforms by Swedish clothing company, Filippa K, and furnishings designed by Svensk Tenn.
Aquavit London is due to open this winter, further details to follow.