Fika? A person’s name? Nope, in Swedish ‘Fika‘ means ‘having coffee break’. Locating at one corner of Haji Lane, Fika makes a good option as a place to hang out. It is a halal swedish café, owned by a Muslim who married a Swedish. Since the cafe has been around, I’ve heard a lot of good review about the bistro and finally I had my chance to try it.
Our initial plan was to have dinner at I Am Cafe, another cafe at Haji Lane. But, there was a queue and we were starving. So Fika popped in mind and we went all the way there. While looking cute from the outside, the interior is classic and neat, giving the diners a cozy feel to it. The first level of the cafe was full house so we sat on the second level.
Dining at a Swedish Cafe, of course Swedish Homemade Meatballs is a must to order. Since Swedish food is still a rare find in Singapore and my first and only exposure to Swedish food was IKEA legendary meatball so I’ll make my comparison with theirs. Fika‘s meatballs served with homemade creamy sauce, baked parsley potatoes, greens and lingonberry jam. In my opinion, they tastes better. Not only Fika‘s meatballs are bigger and crunchier, the more flavourful taste suits my preference more.
The second menu that we decided to try was not Swedish; Seafood Pasta. You can choose your pasta to go with cream sauce, tomato base or aglio style. We opted for tomato based pasta. Their seafood pasta comes with dory fish, mussels, squid and tiger prawn. It tastes alright and I wish they put more fish in the future.
In their menu, they have Openface sandwiches. And we ordered Grilled Chicken Openface. What is an ‘openface‘ sandwich by the way? It’s a single slice of bread topped with food items. The grilled chicken is served on a slice of tekaka bread (Swedish word for teacake; a sweetened wheat soda bread) topped with sesame mayo, sautéed onions and tomatoes.
I’m not really a fan of grilled chicken sandwich/burger. But, Fika‘s made me change my mind about grilled chicken sandwich/burger. It tastes so good. The chicken meat cooked in the perfect tenderness. The sesame mayo goes well with the chicken meat and the bread. Sweet and tender….
The food was good and there always be some space for desserts. Once we finished our main, we shifted to the first level. Second level seating area is closed at 9.30PM, but the first level is at 11PM. as for the dessert, we went for the cakes: Hazelnut Praline and Key Lime Pie.
The hazelnut praline tastes alright. But I loveee their Key Lime Pie… With a hint of lime, It’s so refreshing and not too sour. Definitely, it’s worth giving it a try!
My dining experience at Fika was excellent. I will definitely come back again to try other Swedish menu, hmm…. maybe I should try their second outlet at Millennia Walk?
Haji Lane Outlet:
257 Beach Road / Arab Street, Singapore (Nearest MRT Station: Nicoll Highway, Circle Line)
Millennia Walk Outlet:
9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore (Nearest MRT Station: Promenade, Circle Line)
Opening Hours: Sun-Wed: 11AM-10PM ; Thu – Sat: 11AM-11PM