One of my goals for 2023 is to explore more international cuisines, and Swedish food is one of them.
Although my knowledge of the cuisine is limited to the casual fare served at IKEA, let’s hope that will change with Overbrod (stylised as OVERBRØD), a Smørrebrød cafe & Scandinavian-inspired deli in Queenstown.
Tucked away at Anchorpoint Shopping Centre (also home to minimalist cafe Anagram), directly opposite IKEA Alexandra, the cosy and homely space is an ideal spot to catch up with friends over smørrebrød, hearty plates, and coffee.
For the uninitiated, smørrebrød, or “butter bread”, is a traditional Danish and Norwegian open-faced sandwich served on buttered rye bread.
Overbroad offers a unique selection of both hot and cold smørrebrød, some of which boast Japanese fusion flavours, the perfect introduction to those unfamiliar with Nordic cuisine.
If you enjoy light and delicate flavours, go for the crowd-pleasing Shrimp Toast Skagen (S$18), which comprises Norwegian coldwater shrimp, mentaiko mayonnaise, sliced eggs, dill, and tobiko on buttered fennel bread.
Alternatively, those who prefer something heftier can try the Roast Beef (S$18) — Argentinian striploin, horseradish and kohlrabi slaw, fried onion, red mustard cress, remoulade, and an interesting potato chip furikake on buttered rye.
Frikadeller (S$18) is perhaps the most well-known Swedish dish adored by Singaporeans (one reason why IKEA is always so packed), comprising handmade beef and pork meatballs served with mashed potatoes, pickled cucumber, and the all-important lingonberry & citrus jam, coated in a rich brown gravy.
But if you want to broaden your horizons, the Leverpostej Liver Pâté (S$12), a baked chicken and pork liver pâté platter (sorta like charcuterie) is a good place to start.
Those visiting Overbrod for an afternoon fika (a Swedish custom of taking time to enjoy a coffee break) can choose from a small selection of pastries, like the Cinnamon Knot (Kanelbullar, S$6) or Chocolate Tart (S$10), alongside coffee, tea, crisp craft beers and Aquavit (Scandinavian distilled spirits).
Overbrod is currently still in its soft launch phase, so you can look forward to even more exciting menu selections along the way!
Ready to dip your toes into the wondrous world of Swedish cuisine?
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