It’s not often that I get the chance to enjoy New Nordic cuisine. One afternoon during my Minneapolis weekend, I went to the American Swedish Institute to have lunch at FIKA, a small Nordic-inspired cafe inside the Nelson Cultural Center.
In Sweden, Fika is a daily break that traditionally involves coffee and treats. FIKA offers more than that and you’ll find a seasonally-inspired menu dedicated to regional ingredients and Nordic cuisine with a contemporary twist.
The cafe is open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Sunday. The space is open and bright. I was seated right away.
I was tempted to have a cocktail, but opted for a lemonade instead. They even offer house-infused Skaalvenn Aquavit that’s made in Minnesota.
I immediately knew that I had to try the Meatballs. I haven’t had Swedish meatballs in a long time.
The juniper-spiced meatballs were juicy and tender. They were served with cucumbers, potato purée, lingonberry, and mustard.
There were a couple specials that day as well. The Salmon Cakes were wonderful.
They were served with a lightly dressed watercress salad with radish and elderberries.
The cakes had a crisp outer crust and went perfectly with the tasty sauces.
I was super pleased with my lunch at FIKA. The service was great and I really enjoyed the food. The place was filling up as I finished my meal and I understood why. Good stuff!
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55407