Fika fans will be familiar with the constantly evolving venue's penchant for ambitious creative projects – last summer the entire space had a fabulously off-beat makeover in tribute to the iconic indie director Wes Anderson. With a similarly authentic commitment to detail, this latest mystical metamorphosis will be a folkloric feast for the eyes and senses, with the restaurant transformed into a fantastical Scandinavian-style forest, complete with a trolls' “grotto” and real foliage. One of the stars of the show will be intricate artwork inspired by traditional Scandinavian folklore, created by the mega-talented illustrator and designer Emma Farrarons, who grew up in Paris but has an affinity with all things Scandinavian.
As for the food, the menu has been given a twist designed to trick and tease. In this topsy-turvy world, nothing is quite what it seems – carrots could be purple, potatoes of the black truffle variety. Expect the unusual likes of ox cheek, elk burgers and elderflower pickled herring. Fika will also serving some ingenious daily specials created from a forager’s bounty. Meanwhile, beware of magical cocktails full of forest flavours including dill, birch and wood-smoke which will also be casting a spell or two (particularly for those who sample several!).
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