When it comes to diet, my general rule is to eat relatively healthy five days a week, and to “eat till I pop” the other two days; however, working in the food industry doesn’t make it easy to follow! Without delving into calorie counts, my recent meal at Madsen had me feeling Maltesers light despite polishing off a three course meal.
Madsen launches with the aim of introducing us to Scandinavian cuisine from its South Kensington location. Indeed, Denmark is becoming something of a destination for foodies, with 11 Michelin-star restaurants and a new wave of promising chefs. The menu is full of clean and modern Nordic dishes made from traditional ingredients such as herrings, pollack and bacon. Lunchtimes include a variety of delicious and generally healthy Smørrebrød (the popular Danish open sandwich) whilst the evening menu is more of a typical restaurant affair.
Our starters of Scallops with pumpkin, fresh herbs & lemon sauce and Beef tartare were both extremely well prepared and full of clean, fresh flavours. Slow-roasted pork loin with beetroot and sautéed Jerusalem artichoke featured a lovely thyme sauce which tasted like the herbs had just been picked; the Nordic-style chicken was accompanied by the lightest of creamy horseradish sauces. Desserts included Mazarin – an almond cake served with baked plums and vanilla ice cream – which could have done with heating up to release some promising flavours.
The venue itself keeps to the clean and simple theme, with pale wooden floors white décor, an exposed brick wall, and a long red bench as well as outside seating. Ultimately, the food was technically good, and the service was totally charming, but the experience never really got us excited.
Cuisine type – Scandinavian
Dinner for 2 (ex. drinks) – £50
Wine – £4
Cocktails – £6.50
20 Old Brompton Road,