This week on Family Fun Friday, I am featuring Fika Swedish Cafe and Bistro, located at One KM.
Introduction to Fika @ One KM
From the flag dangling inside the restaurant, you would know that this is a Swedish cafe. I am no food expert and the only thing I know about Swedish food are Swedish meat balls from IKEA. But one can get bored of the usual Chinese / Western fare that is so ubiquitous. So why not try some Swedish food for a change?
And I loved the decor at Fika. It was like a little garden in the middle of a shopping centre!
As you would know if you follow my blog, I LOVE eateries with play areas. So when I saw photos of a play area on Fika’s facebook page, I decided to pay them a visit. (So all that talk about trying Swedish food for a change was just gibberish. I was here for the play area.. period.)
The play area was pretty small – just a cooking set and some small toys. But surprisingly, it kept MY occupied for a pretty long time! I guess you can’t go wrong with cooking sets – as long as it is well-maintained with sufficient crockery and food toys.
There was a tricycle lying around. I wasn’t sure if it was for decoration or for kids to ride. MY hopped on it and nobody stopped him. Except me, when he decided to ride it out of the restaurant! But I was there on a quiet weekday. Not sure if they would allow kids to go crashing into diners and waiters carrying hot food on busy weekends??
I got a table very close to the play area and could keep a close eye on MY while dining. The restaurant wasn’t very big, so you would be able to get a view of the play area from any table.
Fika Swedish Cafe and Bistro Food & Menu
Fika has their full menu on their official website, click here to view it.
Since I’m a stay-home mum, and I love weekday set lunches, let me explain how their weekday set lunch worked. For $19.90++, you can choose a soup, a main course and a dessert. However, you can only choose items that have the blue fork-knife-spoon logo next to it.
For my set lunch, I chose blueberry soup. I wanted to be adventurous and try something that was not available elsewhere. It was a lot sweeter and thicker than I expected and I wasn’t a big fan of it. I felt like I was trying to dunk a whole bottle of Sambucol.
For the main, I chose the Panbiff (beef patty). It was quite nice, but I regretted ordering this AND Swedish meat balls (will come to that later). The two tasted like the same thing to me, just different shaped. So remember: Order the Panbiff OR Swedish Meatball, NOT BOTH. I LOVED those sauteed onions btw.
For dessert, I chose the Swedish brownie. A pretty normal brownie to me.
It was stated in the menu that the portion for set lunch would be slightly smaller than the normal portions. I was expecting like teeny fine-dining kind of portion, but no. The servings I received was pretty generous imo!
My friend ordered a Toast Skagen ala-carte. It sure looked yummy, though I’m not sure how it really tasted because it was my friend who ate it.
Fika also had kids meals on their menu for $15.90++. Each kids meal included a drink, a main dish and a dessert.
For drink, I chose Lingonberry Swedish ade. I KNOW milk would have been a much healthier and sound choice for a 2 year old, but what’s the point of visiting a Swedish restaurant and not ordering the most Swedish-sounding item on the menu, right?? Anyway I drank most of it since MY was too busy playing. He had his water bottle.
We ordered 2 kids meals and chose Swedish meatballs and milk-stewed macaroni. The portion was too big for MY, but too small for my friend’s primary school kid.
MY was pretty carnivorous, so he enjoyed the meatballs.
As for desserts, there was no option for the kids meal and it came with the Swedish raspberry cream with milk and ice-cream. Which was my favourite item of all the food we ate! The raspberry cream was a bit sourish and went super well with the sweet ice-cream and milk. Why couldn’t my blueberry soup have tasted more like this?
There was also a selection of cakes available.
And we ordered the most Swedish… Ligonberry cheesecake! Okay, not we. My friend ordered. I didn’t eat it because I was pretty full. And her kid looked like she was still starving after finishing her kids macaroni and could eat a lot more. So better not fight with a growing child for food.
Fika Swedish Cafe and Bistro provided a refreshing change from the usual food I ate. I have never been to a Swedish cafe – unless you consider IKEA’s cafe one. Generally the food was not bad, though a tad expensive. And I wasn’t very happy over having to pay 50 cents for water.
The play area, though small, was enough for my 2 year old. However if there were too many kids around, there probably wouldn’t be enough toys and space for them.
I loved the ambience, it was a nice place to hang out with the girlfriends on a nice quiet weekday. (Yup, SAHM privilege.)
Oh! And I forgot to mention… The food is halal. 🙂
Information on Fika Swedish Cafe and Bistro
Address: One KM #02-K3,11 Tanjong Katong Road Singapore 437157
Getting There: One KM is a 5-10 min walk from Paya Lebar MRT.
Sun-Wed 11am-10pm, last order 9pm (9.30pm for bevarages and desserts)
Thu-Sat 11am-11pm, last order 10pm (10.30pm for bevarages and desserts)
Tel: +65 6702 2456
Reservation: You can make reservation online via their official homepage.
Other branches: Fika had two other branches at Beach Road and Millenia Walk. However, the play area was only available at the One KM branch.
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