Ekte Nordic Kitchen was launched in the Bloomberg Arcade in the City of London on 30 April 2018 by the Danish-born restaurateur Soren Jessen, who has owned successful City stalwart 1 Lombard Street since 1998.
Scandinavian-influenced restaurant, café and sandwich bar Ekte will join the impressive line-up of new food outlets in London’s new dining destination: The Bloomberg Arcade. The Bloomberg Arcade is a new culinary and cultural destination in the heart of the Square Mile. The covered pedestrian arcade runs through the site of Bloomberg’s European headquarters and brings together independent restaurants from some of the biggest names in food. The arcade and the Bloomberg’s new European HQ was built and developed in sustainable and forward-looking ways by SCC Member Sweco. The modern approach to the building has played a key role in becoming a place for new and ambitious restaurant development.
Curated by Bloomberg’s Chief Food Critic Richard Vines, the line-up includes – in addition to Ekte – new locations of food favourites Koya, Caravan, Vinoteca, Homeslice, Bleecker Burger and Ahi Poké. New concepts Brigadiers, and a new restaurant by Andrew Wong will open in late-spring/summer 2018.
Ekte, meaning genuine or real in Norwegian, offers a varied Nordic menu, overseen by Swedish-born Head Chef Robin Björn Freeman. The Scandinavian-influenced restaurant and café/deli is open daily for both eat-in or takeaway, with changing menus from breakfast through lunch and dinner. With its Scandinavian touch, Ekte strives to be sensitive to the environment and to create minimal waste by acting responsibly with its carefully sourced recyclable, bio-degradable and reusable packaging for its takeaway food and drink service.
Ekte was designed by London-based Danish design studio, JLKDS. The glass-fronted 60-seat space features a central food bar and open kitchen, with 20 additional seats available outside. Design features include oak and marble table tops, Werner chairs, Danish lighting, and a leather banquette curving along one long wall. The modern interior utilises raw materials of weathered oak, tanned leather, polished concrete, charred timber and pale stone.