I went to Skal today.
It's the latest Nordic restaurant following Aska and Luksus.
The place is tiny, cozy, and chic.
Their cocktail menu looked so intreguing that I skipped champagne or sparkling wine that I normally accompany my meal, and ordered 'Gurka', which is Nolet's Gin, cucumber juice, lime juice, syrup, and black pepper.
Not sweet at all, and its sour, tangy, and peppery flavors stimulated my appetite.
Four fresh Kusshi oysters with green tomato juice granite, arranged on a bed of oyster & mussel shells, were refreshing.
Boudin blanc with turnips, and mustard greens was so flavorful and had a lot of 'umami'.
For dessert, I had beetroot with summer berries and Skyr (Icelandic yogurt). Not overly sweet and just perfect balance of flavors and texture.
Service was friendly, efficient, and extremely helpful.
Of all the three Nordic places that have opened recently, I personally found Skal the most impressive. Planning to go back to try other dishes soon.
37 Canal Street
tel: (212) 777-7518