When: Until October 2014
Where: Fika Bar & Kitchen, 161 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB
£: To book visit the website
What is it?
For a night out with a distinctly magical difference this summer, head to Fika. Fika is a uniquely authentic Swedish bar and kitchen on London’s Brick Lane and it is currently celebrating the darkly seductive Huldufolk or Hidden Folk.
The Hidden Folk are the fabled forest creatures of Scandinavian folklore. For the next three months, the intimate dining space and romantic roof terrace bar will be totally transformed, while the menu, which specialises in delicious contemporary and traditional Swedish cuisine, has undergone a deliciously surprising twist too.
Fika fans will be familiar with the constantly evolving venue’s penchant for ambitious creative projects. Last summer the entire space had an off-beat makeover in tribute to the iconic indie director, Wes Anderson. With a similarly authentic commitment to detail, this latest mystical metamorphosis is a folkloric feast for the senses. The restaurant has been transformed into a fantastical Scandinavian-style forest, complete with a trolls’ ‘grotto’ and real foliage. One of the stars of the show is an intricate artwork inspired by traditional Scandinavian folklore. It has been created by the talented illustrator and designer Emma Farrarons, who grew up in Paris but has an affinity with all things Scandinavian.
As for the food, the menu has been given a ‘Blumenthalesque’ twist, designed to trick and tease. In this topsy-turvy world, nothing is quite what it seems. Expect the likes of elk burgers and elderflower pickled herring. Fika is also serving some ingenious daily specials created from a forager’s bounty. Meanwhile, beware of magical cocktails full of forest flavours including dill, birch and wood-smoke which will be casting a spell or two.
More info: www.fikalondon.com