WHERE: Nord at For Fika Sake, 7 Keith Street, Glasgow G11 6Q

Nord, a small Scandinavian inspired kitchen operating out of For Fika Sake, offers delicious small plates perfect for a light, picky lunch shared with friends. With a mix of vegetarian dishes, smoky flavours, fresh fish and the best potato salad I’ve ever eaten, Nord’s menu caters to a wide range of tastes and dietary requirements.

The chef at Nord recommends two plates per person, so we ordered a selection of two fish dishes, two meat dishes and the famous potato salad. The Cured Salmon with Beetroot and Crème Fraiche and the Flamed Mackerel with Celeriac, Apple and Smoked Fish were definitely the highlights of the meal. Each dish offered truly fresh flavours and perfectly seasoned fish, complimented by equally delicious condiments. Our other two dishes – Ox Cheek with Parsnip and Shallots and Roast Pork with Barley and Charred Leek – were just as good. The deep, smoky ox cheek went perfectly with the sweet, creamy parsnip and shallots and the pork was cooked just right.

The atmosphere in For Fika Sake is a perfect companion to Nord’s very social food. “Fika” itself is a key concept in Swedish culture, meaning to have a coffee break with something sweet on the side surrounded by friends, and there was a great mix of people in the café. Nord’s light sharing plates meant that we left feeling full but without that unpleasant, bloated, “I need a nap now” feeling. Having only opened in mid-February and currently operating on weekends between 10am and 4pm, Nord is already offering a genuinely exciting and unique menu and I can’t wait to see how this new restaurant grows.

Ria Jenkins