Baltzersen’s in Harrogate has been around for a while now and I’ve read plenty of reviews but never made it inside, despite wanting to every time I walked past, I always ended up too busy or persuaded by the boyfriend to visit one of our regular favourites. This was mainly down to the assumption that they vegetarian options wouldn’t be great- Scandinavian food does have a reputation for being fish and smoked meat heavy. However yesterday we took the plunge and were pleasantly surprised by the choice available- so much so that I even went for a veggie option myself!
Once inside we only had to wait a minute or so to get a table- this was about 2.30 on a Saturday so not surprisingly it was fairly busy for a small café. We were then seated and managed to choose our lunch fairly quickly before returning to the tills to order. The drinks service was a little slow but I forgive them in their lunchtime rush. The interior is quite minimalist but cosy, with tables in a few nooks and crannys, plus cushions and newspapers provided to keep you happy while you wait.
I ordered a bowl of Lapskaus-a Norwegian lentil and root vegetable stew which came with warm bread and butter, and the boyfriend opted for an open sandwich with grilled halloumi, beetroot and an apple and radish relish which looked good but not as good as my warming and hearty stew! It was a little like a soup as there was quite a lot of liquid but was definitely a good choice for a December lunch.
We couldn’t resist the window of sweet treats on the way out, and what could be more Scandinavian than cinnamon buns? (ok Baltzersen’s is Norwegian and cinnamon buns are Danish but its close enough!) We got two to take away and enjoy for breakfast this morning. They were huge and the amount of cinnamon was just right all the way through, with a soft, sticky middle. The perfect way to start the day!
Baltzersen’s transforms at night into Norse– a restaurant that describes itself as ‘relaxed fine dining’ with a Scandinavian inspired 8 course menu. While perhaps a little expensive and decidedly less vegetarian friendly menu it probably won’t be one the boyfriend and I try out, but it certainly looks like a very interesting foodie experience! While I can’t speak for Norse, Baltzersen’s is certainly worth a visit.