Dinner, London

Smaka, Whitechapel

Swedish Meatballs

Just occasionally you stumble upon a little gem of a restaurant just by chance. This happened to us when we had been to see a fab film at the Curzon in Aldgate and were heading off back to the tube with rumbling tummies. Unexpectedly we came across Smaka, and luckily we decided to give it a try.

Smaka (Swedish for taste) aims to deliver healthy food with a Scandinavian twist, and we are delighted to testify that it does that and much more. It’s the essence of hygge. We both had the same meal, which you could say was unadventurous but we think it was entirely sensible. The lure of the classic Swedish meatballs was simply too strong (and you couldn’t be any further from Ikea’s version). These tasty little darlings were served with a creamy mash and sharply sweet lingonberries. Presentation is clearly a big part of the experience at Smaka, and you can see what a treat this was. Dessert was a delicately flavoured lavender ice cream that was so delicious I found myself eating smaller and smaller spoonfuls in an effort to make it last even longer.

This oasis of Scandinavian delight is tucked away close to Whitechapel tube. If you’re not in the area, then it’s really worth a special trip.

PMC Rating (loos): ★★★★☆


Smaka, 77 Alie Street, E1 8NH

Wednesday 15th March 2017



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