I’ve recently become enamoured to a café and Scandinavian interior design shop called FIKA, located in 가로수길 (Garosugil) here in Korea.
FIKA means “coffee break” in Swedish, and the building consists of a café on the second floor and a homeware/interior design shop below. I wanted to come to this place a few times before blogging about it, just because there were so many things on the menu that I wanted to try and write about!
The first time I went, I ordered their take on the classic Swedish meatballs.
As shown above, the dish came in the cutest little pan, paired with mashed potatoes and topped with grilled onions. Bread, lingonberry sauce, pickles and “gravy” (it wasn’t really gravy at all, but still tasted good) were served on the side. The only other version of Swedish meatballs I have to compare it to are the ones I had at IKEA as a child. They do not taste similar at all, but both are still delicious. Maybe someone who is actually Swedish and is familiar with the dish could tell me what it’s actually supposed to be like? Either way, I enjoyed this meal thoroughly, along with a cappuccino, which has become somewhat of a staple for me.
My friend ordered one of their red velvet cakes. All I can say is, if you actually end up coming here, buy this.
The second time I came, I ordered a lingonberry and grilled cheese sandwich whilst my friend ordered the berry pancakes. Both these dishes were quite cheap. The pancakes were only 8,000 won whilst the sandwich was 9000 won, 11,000 for a sandwich-americano set. Many other brunch places would charge anywhere from 13-16,000 won for a similar dish.
After we ate, I popped down to take a quick picture of the interior design shop. Garosugil has a few of these Scandinavian-inspired design stores, and all of them are ridiculously expensive. Not gonna lie though, the products are adorable, simple and if I had the moola I would probably buy everything.
If you’re in town, I definitely recommend a visit. Boto Açai is right across the road for those of you who are just as much a part of the açai craze as I am, so you can pop over for a bowl after a coffee and cake at FIKA!
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