“New Nordic” is as much an ethos as a cuisine. It’s the practice of minimal interference and accentuating every ingredient in a dish.
New Nordic – the venue – is part of the Palace Nova cinema complex on Prospect Road. It’s by the Vanzatis (Swedish Tarts, Malobo and Hermanos Cubanos) – and the most ambitious of their projects.
The menu flirts with familiar staples, introducing authentic European elements, such as gravlax, a mackerel omelette and a big breakfast with meatballs and pickles. At dinner it’s small plates for a pre- or post- movie meal.
The Vanzatis migrated from Sweden to Paris Creek when the kids were young. Fusing traditional Swedish cooking with locally sourced produce is their normal, and they share that at New Nordic.
The bar experiments with scented vapours, in-house gin infusions, homemade syrups and Nordic flavours like saffron and dill. The bar is stocked with local favourites alongside imported specialties such as Aquavit (a heavily-spiced spirit made with caraway or fennel).
New Nordic also serves something called kaffekask – a traditional Swedish kickstarter (essentially espresso and vodka) – from 10am.
The venue is built for all-day dining. It’s casual and welcoming, opening out onto Rose Street. Imagined by VÄXT Design Studio – lead by architectural designer Lukas Vanzati – it echoes the business’ culinary principles of working with quality raw materials, executed with modern finesse. Timber is a key feature, offset by a Scandinavian palette and accented with sentimental touches. If you enjoy your meal, leave a tip in the family’s repurposed glögg pot on the counter.