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scandinavian restaurants

cincyn May 31, 2009 09:34 AM

looking for good finnish, norwegian, or swedish restarants. It would be fabululous to find a finnish restaurant but any recs would be greatly appreciated!


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    josephnl May 31, 2009 10:50 AM

    We too would love to find a good Scandinavian restaurant. We very much miss Gustav Anders in Costa Mesa which was great, and of course, have wonderful memories of Scandia in the Ken Hansen days.

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      bulavinaka May 31, 2009 10:51 AM


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      1. re: bulavinaka
        maudies5 May 31, 2009 11:14 AM

        That menu doesn't appear to be very Scandinavian.

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          condiment May 31, 2009 12:11 PM

          Less ethnic Swedish than California as seen through a Swedish lens. Plus herring.

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            bulavinaka May 31, 2009 12:13 PM

            The chef is from Sweden - Conny Andersson - very Swedish. He also has a depth of experience that is literally from around the world; thus, the wide variety of bistro dishes. Although the menu doesn't reflect a total Scandinavian menu, there are a few dishes that are Scandinavian. I have yet to eat here, but but some Scandinavian transplants in the Venice neighborhood tell me that he is the real thing, just not offering as much as they hoped (yet). I might suggest calling and seeing if Chef Andersson does any personal requests if given advanced notice.

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              Phurstluv May 31, 2009 12:54 PM

              He's a seasoned pro from the Four Seasons Resorts empire & has cooked all over the world.

              I heard he does an authentic smorgasbord and his cooking is fantastic.

              1. re: Phurstluv
                bulavinaka May 31, 2009 03:15 PM

                Correct - that is why the menu tends to be much more eclectic. And at the same time, given his roots, I couldn't see him not reverting to classic dishes on a regular basis.

        2. Das Ubergeek May 31, 2009 04:29 PM

          Restaurant? Nej. Sorry.

          But there are bakeries -- Poul's Danish Bakery and Berolina Swedish Bakery. Sorry, don't know of any Norwegian or Finnish bakeries.

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