What it takes to design, the Nordic taste has always been simple and functional, organic and human, showing a sober connection to nature, using raw and natural materials, combining straight lines and plain surfaces with curves. What it takes to food and its business as a whole, the restaurant North Road, on St John Street, Clerkenwell, since 2010, is proving that Nordic taste never lets go its roots.
As described by London Design Guide, “The dishes are light, sometimes earthy, with no overpowering rich sauces. The ingredients take centre stage whether they are hand-dived scallops or langoustine from the Scottish coast, lamb from Cumbria, beef from Galloway or simply wild herbs or salad roots.” The techniques are based on the Scandinavian tradition, such as pickling, smoking and rolling in burnt hay. The quality of the dishes start with the careful selection of ingredients, which are sourced entirely within the British Isles, by working closely with producers and with foragers, and allowing the menu to transform gradually with the seasons.
The Scandinavian identity does not end with the food – it is reflected in the whole space of the restaurant, designed by El Niño Design. The interiors show a combination of oak parquet floors, bronze fittings, mid-century furniture and modern pieces. The dining chairs, with custom finish smoked-oak belong to Danish designer J.L.Møllers, the bar stools and aged bronze and brass wall lights are from the brand Cherner, and the suspension lights were designed by Serge Mouille. The restaurant is composed by a dining area with two adjoining rooms, and an upper level which overlooks the whole restaurant, where is set to be developed into a lounge area. A windowed kitchen is overlooked by diners sat at the white carrara marble bar. There are also sightlines to the custom-made 500-year-old-oak chef’s table.
The restaurant is located in the first or final stop of an ancient great trading route between London and Edinburgh – called North Road –, which began its course at Smithfield in Pre-Roman times.
In the end of September, the restaurant will “move” to 100% Design London, becoming the first Michelin Star restaurant featured at any design event in the UK. Don’t miss the opportunity of tasting starred Nordic food in two different menus – The Nordic Taster and the Discovery – and reserve your table!