New Nordic, a casual tapas-style restaurant showcasing the culinary philosophies of the Nordic countries, will open on Prospect Road in Adelaide on 14 December. Situated in the Palace Nova Cinemas complex, New Nordic has outdoor seating, a dedicated bar area and menu that integrates modern Australian cuisine with New Nordic principles.
Co-owners, brothers Mattis and Lukas Vanzati, hail from northern Sweden.
Speaking about the inspiration behind New Nordic, Mattis Vanzati says: “In South Australia we are incredibly fortunate to have access to some of the finest ingredients in the world, without which it is impossible to follow the principles of New Nordic cuisine. New Nordic is often associated with some of the top fine dining restaurants in the world, but we aim to bring many of the principles to Adelaide in a way that is accessible to everyone. There will be a balance of traditional Scandinavian dishes with dishes that aim to apply New Nordic principles to locally available produce in a setting that is both modern and casual. Adelaide is now at a stage where it is ready to try what the Nordic countries have to offer.”
The menu features some farm to table dishes, with the restaurant directly engaging with specific local producers and wine makers. Mixologist Mathieu Seban has also developed a list of signature cocktails using traditional Nordic spirits.
Together with their brother Liam and parents, Louise and Bo, the Vanzati brothers already operate a number of venues including Swedish Tarts, MALOBO and Hermanos Cubanos. At New Nordic mother Louise Matschke will run the kitchen as executive chef working alongside her son and sous chef, Liam Vanzati.
“New Nordic is the cuisine we know and love as a family, and the menu features some of the recipes I cooked when my sons were young,” says Matschke. “Opening our restaurant at this time also represents a larger global movement in Adelaide towards a clean and healthy lifestyle.
“The ideals of New Nordic cuisine match the emerging trend of health focused diets and the importance of ethical and local sourcing of produce. Our guests can expect to see an evolving seasonal menu. Nearly all dishes will be presented in a tapas style that is perfect for sharing and sampling.”
The fit-out has been designed and project-managed by VAXT Design Studio.
“Modern Australian cuisine, especially recent trends in brunch, is highly derivative of the New Nordic culinary philosophies, so we know that our customers will resonate with the dishes,” says Mattis Vanzati. “We want New Nordic to be a space for people to enjoy good quality food and drinks and experience genuine Swedish specialities.”
New Nordic will open for for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.