Nordic restaurant Eldr is located on the top two floors of Belgravia’s Pantechnicon building, which recently re-opened as a five-storey retail and dining space. It’s an imposing, historic building with two concept stores selling very trendy yet spenny Japanese and Nordic brands, a Cafe Kitsune with katsu sandos to boot, a Japanese restaurant (opening soon in the basement), and, finally, Eldr on the roof.
The Nordic menu at Eldr features some interesting ingredients, many of which are cooked over fire, served raw or smoked. We started with the freshly baked tear-and-share fennel and honey bread served with elderberry, and a couple of glasses of Birch sap wine from Sweden, made using the traditional champagne method.
We followed with the smoked halibut with celeriac and dill, served as three small bites of ceviche-style fish and the perfectly cooked scallops with leek and mussel sauce topped with tiny mounds of jerky style reindeer – that’s us going straight on the naughty list. A super soft chicken breast was the highlight, covered in a generous serving of truffle butter with celeriac puree, chard and lovage alongside some potatoes in a smoky butter with chives – you’ll never go far wrong if you butter us up.
Desserts are centered around licorice flavours whilst wines lean towards natural, biodynamic, organic producers. We had a super interesting selection matched to our dishes, including a natural raisin-like dessert wine. Like the food, the interiors are Nordic inspired; stripped back with lots of grey tones, plants and wooden furniture whilst the top level feels like a greenhouse with a roof that opens wide up when the weather permits. A thoroughly enjoyable meal, in an interesting building bringing a much needed, good dose of cool to Belgravia.
19 Motcomb St, London SW1X 8LB