Fika bar & kitchen
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Fika bar & kitchen is open until late seven days a week on Brick Lane, in Jack the Ripper land in the East End of London. The run down slums have been transformed into an area of chic boutiques, vintage clothes stores and lots and lots of curry houses. There is a real buzz about the area in the evenings and at the weekends, when there is a vibrant market which attracts a young and trendy crowd.
Brick Lane might seem an unlikely location for a Swedish café, restaurant and bar but it has been around for a few years and seems to have a steady following.
The decor is in keeping with the surrounding area with a funky unpretentious style. They have a small roof garden with a hotch potch of furniture and an unimpressive outlook, but on a good day it can be a pleasant place to enjoy the sunshine.
Fika serves just about everything including snaps, cocktails, lunches, dinners and, unsurprisingly, fika. Their fika selection and desserts are their strength. The quality of their starters and main courses is variable. For instance, their gravadlax was very good, but the bread was a bit dry. Meatballs are served with too much sauce and without pressed cucumber, something that shouldn't be allowed!
Service can be very slow and seldom justifies the steep 12½% that is added to bills.
Address: 161 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB
Nearest tube: Shoreditch
Other reviews: Tripadvisor
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