I'm always on the hunt for a place with cool decor, a quirky idea and a unique food menu. Step forward Fika, Oakham.
I’m a huge fan of Scandi – the food, the decor, ohhh the fashion, the darker than dark TV crime dramas and did I mention the food?
When it comes to cafes, there’s so much choice for punters like us but nothing makes me happier than when I come across something different, quirky and cool – step forward Fika.
Located on Mill Street in Oakham, Rutland, the word Fika is a Swedish one that means ‘to have a break’ (which usually involves coffee and eating). It’s a big part of Swedish culture and owner, Jo Weighman knows all about that.
She lived in Stockholm for a while and when she did eventually come back home, she noticed that something like Swedish ‘Fika’ was missing in the UK culture and so Fika was born.
The decor is everything you’d expect from a Scandi inspired eatery – white walls, clean lines, silver birch branches hanging across the ceiling (nice touch) decluttered spaces but there’s also colour and greenery here so it doesn’t feel too stark or minimalistic – after all you’re here for coffee and food so you want that lovely cosy element too.
Converting what was once a warehouse/storage space for fashion and homeware mecca, Cavells (it’s attached to it but runs completely independent from them) and still got some of those industrial elements including the roof but it all works together, plus, they’ve even managed to squeeze in a little, private alfresco area out the front.
SCOFF & QUAFF
I was her for breakfast and was blown away by the menu choices. Not only did they sound
A-MAZING, but they were completely unique – nothing like I’ve ever seen before (I was tempted to peek at the lunch menu too but knew I’d kick myself for not planning my day better).
Back to breakfast; I really couldn’t decide between theKimchi, green chilli and chorizo omelette, sriracha ketchup on rye crisp bread or Fika’s Scandi Woodland with mushroom, spinach, avocado, seeds, pine nuts and two poached eggs.
In the end I went for the latter – it’s a dish that’s been on the menu since the cafe opened so I figured I should find out why and boy ohh boy, I didn’t regret it. “Oh wow,” was my reaction when the plate of food arrived.
It looked just as delicious as I expected plus, it was a really generous size. With so many of my fave ingredients, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in.
The sourdough was from the brilliant Bisbrooke Artisans and complimented the dish wonderfully in addition, the crunch of the pumpkin seeds and pine nuts paired with the melt-in-the-mouth avocado and earthy woodland mushrooms was a match made in heaven and definitely something worth ‘fika-ing’ out for (see what I did there)! It was such a comforting dish but alas, I couldn’t finish it all.
To finish it off, a slice of cake would have done the whole Fika thing justice, but I just didn’t have any room. With flavours like lemon, blueberry and mint loaf, a Scandi version of Victoria sponge and even a lime and pistachio I was seriously tempted.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Love, love, loved it! Cool, quirky and completely unique – a brilliant change from other cafes especially in the food stakes and stayed true to its name.
Good for: Everyone it’s also great for meetings, coffee, chat and cake with friends. When I went there was a family there for their mum’s birthday breakfast. Mums (some areas may be a little tight to manoeuvre a pram) and there were also high chairs available. Go for breakfast and stay for lunch which includes Nordic style open sandwiches, salads and more. Takeaway salad boxes are also available.
Not for: Those that prefer a traditional cafe serving soups and sandwiches.
The damage: More pricier than your average cafe, but it’s not had to see why with the amount of seasonal and fresh ingredients that go into each dish, plus the portions are very generous.
Fika, 10d Mill St, Oakham LE15 6EA