01 Sep 2020
Contemporary all-day dining destination, Michelin-starred Aquavit London in Mayfair’s St James’s Market, reopened its doors on Monday 24th August just in time for crayfish season.
Head Chef Jorjon Colazo offers carefully crafted, Nordic-inspired dishes, featuring fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The menu is inspired by regions surrounded by water and rich in game, berries, and wild foods, with an abundance of seafood.
Throughout lockdown, Chef Jorjon has been busy honing and perfecting his elegant yet unpretentious dishes. New tempting à la carte choices include dry aged Ike Jime arctic char served with roasted turnips, samphire, crispy buckwheat and dashi sauce as well as a Longhorn beef striploin served with crispy sweetbreads, roasted salsify, black trumpet mushrooms and seaweed “chimichurri”. Whilst signature dishes such as Gravlax with mustard and dill sauce and the restaurant’s irresistible traditional Swedish meatballs still feature. A weekly-changing set lunch menu is also available at £29 and £32 for two and three-courses respectively. As a special extension to the government’s recent Eat Out to Help Out scheme, Aquavit London is offering £5 off of the set lunch menu throughout September, making it just £24 for two courses and £27 for three courses.
In addition, the restaurant has re-introduced seasonal-changing specials to reflect the best produce on offer. Until 30th September, Aquavit will celebrate kräftskiva, an annual Swedish feasting festival dedicated to the region’s delicious crayfish. Enjoy one or two-dozen crayfish served with a number of tempting sides, complete with traditional hats, bibs and decorations from £25.
From 17th September, game will be championed with two delicious dishes – choose from Norfolk quail escabeche with juniper mayonnaise, sous vide pear cubes and Attika pear gel (£17), or Scottish venison served medium rare with blackcurrant “ketchup”, salsify chips, dill oil and venison jus (£35).
Brand new to Aquavit London is an exciting Nordic inspired afternoon tea, priced at £65 for two people and available 2:15pm – 5:15pm*. A twist on the classic British tradition, expect a selection of smørrebrød’s – a Scandinavian-style open sandwich – with a number of different toppings; from gravlax and cucumber with mustard and dill sauce, to heritage beetroot with horseradish and dill. Authentic sweet delicacies include Lingonberry flavoured Ostkaka style cheesecake; and Schackrutor – a traditional Swedish checkerboard cookie. No afternoon tea would be complete without scones and Aquavit serves them freshly baked with clotted cream and a choice of lingonberry or cloudberry jam. Enjoy with a selection of Danish Hoogley tea or Swedish Johan & Nyström coffee, or for a spot of extra indulgence, opt for a cocktail or glass of champagne.
Paying homage to its Nordic heritage, the interiors at Aquavit London are contemporary and minimalist, yet exude subtle touches of glamour throughout. To the front of the restaurant, make the most of the last days of summer and dine al fresco on the spacious terrace. Aquavit London also boasts two private dining rooms; Copenhagen, an intimate space for up to 15 guests, and Stockholm, for up to 63 guests – perfect for post-lockdown celebrations in your bubble.
If you aren’t quite ready to head out, then Aquavit London has got you covered with its new delivery and collection service. Available Wednesday to Sunday from 11:30am-10pm, via Supper and Deliveroo, choose from a range of Nordic-inspired dishes made using the freshest locally sourced ingredients, delivered straight to your door.
Aquavit London – Celebrating in true Nordic style, skol!
St James’s Market, 1 Carlton Street, London, SW1Y 4QQ