Lunch at the Nordic Bakery

Decorated in shades of grey undoubtedly called things like ‘Gun Barrel Metal’ and ‘Suicidal Mist’, the Nordic Bakery in Marylebone offers West Londoners somewhere stylish to go when they want to sit and stare existentially into the distance over a nice, sticky bun.

It’s the second outpost of the Nordic Bakery. The first is in Soho, with a huge glass frontage so the beautiful people can look moody and read Wallander in full view of the gawping crowds. Such ostentation won’t do in the heartland of the prep school bourgeoisie, so while the large windows have been retained the café itself is tucked down a discreet side street, out of sight of the shoppers, nannies and other riff raff who wander the High Street.

The upside to the big windows and minimal furniture (tables, benches, nothing else) is that it’s easy to spot your friends. I have a chronic fear of not recognising people and being left roaming pubs and restaurants for weeks searching for them, so having Lennard from NYC and Mr B cheerily wave at me as I approached immediately put me at my ease.

Gravadlax sandwich and a short latte

I ordered a breakfast tea and, pleasingly, it came in a cup the size of a small birdbath. It was warm, it was wet and there lots of it – exactly what I require from my first tea of the day.

Lennard and Mr B had eaten while they waited for me and looking at the remains of their meal gave me ideas/the strong desire for a sandwich. So when Leonard turned up (I was a social baton that day, passed from one Lennard to another) I suggested that our original plan to have a breakfast bun should be upgraded to lunch. Luckily for me, Leonard has an appetite that matches mine and she quickly agreed.

I had the gravadlax sandwich – toothsome slices of slippery salmon, a token topping of cucumber and sweet mustard and dill dressing tucked in between slabs of light rye bead. It was deeply satisfying to eat. My short latte contained a good, strong caffeinated slap in the face with just enough creamy milkiness remaining to ensure it still appealed to my sweet British palate.

Cinnamon bun

The savoury section of the meal done (Leonard had the smoked salmon sandwich, which came open and without cucumber, which meant that my sandwich was declared the winner, even if she did still enjoy her’s), we ordered .

They were absolutely huge and very sticky – as Leonard found to her cost when she wrapped the end of the bun in her napkin to protect it from her grubby fingers. It stuck fast and she forced to choose between abandoning the end of her bun or eating it, paper napkin and all (she chose the latter).

It was worth the extra fibre. In spite of being liberally painted inside and out with cinnamon spiced syrup, a dash of medicinal cardamom stopped the buns from being oversweet. Their size meant that we ended the meal utterly stuffed and I walked back and forwards across afterwards to work off the sugar and the caffeine.

A sandwich, short latte, tea and cinnamon bun cost around £9 and I was able to linger amidst the chilly Scandinavian style for hours without so much a nudge from the efficient staff. All of this makes the Nordic Bakery a great spot for turning breakfast into lunch and perhaps even afternoon tea.

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12 Responses to Nordic Bakery, Marylebone

  1. I think I can see the other smoked salmon sandwich in the background of the first pic. Yours is clearly infinitely superior. And who can refuse a cinnamon bun in the depths of a miserable winter. I’ve been meaning to drop by the Nordic Bakery for ages – will now make it a priority. Lovely post.

    • ginandcrumpets says:

      Yep, that’s Leonard’s smoked salmon sandwich in the background, looking all pink and joyous. Cinnamon buns + lovely coffee means you must get over there straight away. Hope you enjoy it!

  2. What a great review-I love Nordic food! And I like the sound of Leonard, she sounds like a fabulous dining partner! 😛

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  4. Love the Nordic bakery in Soho so will have to check this one out.

  5. Lisa says:

    That’s not a bun. That’s a work of art! Oh my goodness. *awe*

  6. Good post. what i loved about the nordic bakery in soho was the overwhelming cinnamon bun smell that hits you as walk in! dont get that in marlebone, maybe because it is bigger. next time try the keralian potato pie – so nice!

  7. ginandcrumpets says:

    @Lorraine I am lucky to have a Leonard in my life to help me out with all these restaurants I want to try.

    @Gourmet Chick Definitely worth it. It being tucked away means it’s a bit quiter, although I’ve yet to try in on a Saturday afternoon.

    @Lisa They do do beautiful buns 🙂

    @restaurantinyourhead Yes, it’s not really cinnamony, is it? But there is still a nice, warm hint of spice. I do immediately feel a bit cosy and happy when I walk in there, in spite of the chilly decor. Will give the keralian pie a go!

  8. The Grubworm says:

    You know something, you’ve really highlighted a lack of places in London to existentially eat while moodily staring out of the window. But if you need somewhere to do that, this sounds like the pace to do it.

    I’ve tried out the Soho branch and enjoyed their coffees immensely. It sounds like i need to branch out into cinnamon bun and sandwich territory. It both looks and sounds scrumptious.

  9. London Lady says:

    This looks amazing. Hopefully the sunshine will last and I can meander my way over there to enjoy to beautiful looking pastries.

  10. ginandcrumpets says:

    @The Grubworm There is a shocking lack of places to be existential in, isn’t there? I just don’t think it’s that kind of city.

    @London Lady It’s all very beautiful in the Nordic Bakery. Definitely worth a wander!

  11. Tabitha says:

    Very funny opening line, I wonder if Farrow & Ball will bring out suicidal mist?

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