Fika – a great Swedish restaurant in Brick Lane!

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I went with a friend to Fika, after she heard great things about this place from a Swedish colleague – and we were both keen to check this place out. It had a great airy, open feel to it even though it is not a big place.

Nat and I enjoying a relaxed evening together.

Nat and I enjoying a relaxed evening together.

We enjoyed our fresh pear juices whilst we chatted and decided on our food.

We first opted for the summery sounding The Expedition (poached salmon, crayfish and tiger prawns); which we both chose given our travel discussion at the time. It was lovely and light, but still had a great flavour combination, and brought back memories of enjoying holidays by the seaside.

The Expedition - a salad of bed of greens with poached salmon, crayfish and tiger prawns

The Expedition – a salad of bed of greens with poached salmon, crayfish and tiger prawns

We were recommended the Kladdkaka by our waitress. It was a moreish sticky, dark chocolate cake which had a runny chocolate centre and a texture of a very squidy brownie. A fab vanilla and cinnamon icecream accompanied it.

Kladdkaka - Swedish sticky chocolate cake

Kladdkaka – Swedish sticky chocolate cake

Great service from Matthew and his female colleague. Thank you.

Remember, save space for the Kladdkaka – you will regret it if you don’t try it! We will be back soon.

Web: http://www.fikalondon.com

FIKA BAR & KITCHEN

161 BRICK LANE, LONDON, E1 6SB

T: 020 7613 2013

E: FIKA@FIKALONDON.COM

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International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html
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2 Responses to Fika – a great Swedish restaurant in Brick Lane!

  1. rohma0malik says:

    I was actually at FIKA not too long ago 😛
    Another great place is Nordic Kitchen near oxford street. Its absolouteley lovely plus you can buy swedish food products too!
    I am a Swedish Fashion student based in London, Would love it if you could check out my blog 🙂

    • goantolondon says:

      Hi Rohma, thank you for commenting on our blog post and that you enjoyed reading out review. Nordic Kitchen sounds like a great place – we will check it out. Another place you may like to check out is ScandiKitchen (http://www.scandikitchen.co.uk/), also near Oxford Street on Great Titchfield Street, as they have a shop attached to their cafe.
      Your blog is interesting and colourful. Good luck with your fashion career and enjoy your time in London.

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