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20 Old Brompton Rd. Send to Phone
020-7225 2772
Underground: South Kensington
Smart restaurant serving good Scandinavian cooking.

Mon. noon-10.30pm; Tues.-Thurs. noon-11pm; Fri.-Sat. noon-11.45pm; Sun. noon-5pm
Open late Fri.-Sat.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Madsen Restaurant Review

: You know you’re in good hands, probably Scandinavian or Nordic ones, when you walk into this simply decorated restaurant. The floors are pale wood, the walls white apart from one exposed brick wall, the lights are modern and the Danish red adds a friendly glow. Ethics play their part here, with most food sourced locally and only European wines on offer to reduce carbon emission. At lunch, the first-rate smorrebrod sandwiches include a roast beef version. Fresh, seasonal ingredients and simple cooking are the order of the day in dishes like Greenland prawns with toasted bread and mayonnaise or herrings marinated in anise with baked apples and rye bread croutons on lettuce to start. Meltingly good pork belly with cabbage and rich béarnaise sauce or salmon and haddock fishcakes (you must try the fishcakes) are mains. Stick with the theme with buttermilk sauce with fruits and vanilla biscuits or just go for the Swedish Västerbotten cheese. The wine list is simple but very well chosen and the service (with the young owner Charlotte Madsen always at the helm) charming. Set lunch 3 kinds of smushi £9.50, 2 courses £14.50, 3 courses £19.50. Set 2-course dinner £23.95, 3 courses £28.50.


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