Yesterday we finally had the pleasure of dining at Smörgås Restaurant in Manhattan. We went to brunch at the Scandinavia House location of this restaurant, which is located at Park Avenue between 37th and 38th Streets in Manhattan. The brunch menu was a collection of Scandinavian inspired dishes, while also maintaining all the elements of brunch type dishes, like eggs, meat, and potatoes. I started out my brunch with a Lingonberry Mimosa, which was fresh and delicious. Actual Lingonberry lined the bottom of the glass, and the champagne was sweet and bubbly.
Being the first time that I had dined here, I decided to choose the selection that would give me the most diversity on my plate, the Classic Smörgås Bord. This plate included house-cured gravlaks, picked herring, Swedish Meatballs, a Cucumber salad with dill dressing, and a side of radish and beet salad. Priced at the usual Manhattan brunch price, I felt $18 was fair, I mean it was delicious and had all the qualities I was looking for in Scandinavian cooking. It even featured a crisp Wasa cracker, which was a nice touch. The pickled herring had the distinct taste I remember, being wonderfully tender and melting in your mouth. The salmon was flavorful but not too salty, and the shredded potato casserole piece (which I believe is called Riivinkropsu) was also very good. I plan on learning to make this and posting a recipe soon!
My fiancee decided to order the Classic Sirloin Burger, which had grass-fed beef, dill dressing, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles, with a side of mixed greens salad. Both dishes were fresh, healthy, and very tasty. My fiancee particularly enjoyed the dill dressing on the burger which he is insisting I learn to make for him for the future!
For desert we enjoyed the Raspberry cake. This was a yellow cake which was topped with fresh strawberries and a dusting of powdered sugar. The side was drizzled with Raspberry sauce and included whipped cream and blueberries. Very light cake dessert, which was not to heavy for the hot summer day. The yellow cake was only mildly sweet and semi-crumbly. Very delicious!
Our experience dining at Smörgås Restaurant was everything I had hoped for! Modern Scandinavian recipes, freshness, and great combinations of flavors. The only thing which could have made this meal any better was if they had reindeer meat sausage on the menu. I look forward to eating here again sometime!
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