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Thursday, October 21, 2004

The Gourmet Viking, Newtown

EDIT: The Gourmet Viking has now closed. This restaurant has been replaced by Hartsyard.

We preceded a large group dinner at newly opened restaurant The Gourmet Viking, with pre-dinner drinks at the Sly Fox. Admittedly the Sly Fox has a strong lesbian following [EDIT: "Actually, the Sly Fox is only a lesbian venue on Wednesday nights. Otherwise it's the usual blue collar, beer nursing crowd" - Anonymous comment] but when we visited, the front bar was filled with male blue collars all nursing beers. The allure of the Sly Fox is its cocktail menu--an almanac of five pages listing over 65 cocktails.

Cocktail prices: $10
Cocktail happy hour: every night 7pm-9pm
Cocktail happy hour prices: $6 each or 2 of the same cocktail for $10

Ginger kiss: Muddled fresh ginger and pineapple with vodka, mango liquer with apple and lime juice
Martini with olives
Fairysinthe: Absinthe muddled with pineapple chunks, mint leaves and apple juice

The Gourmet Viking professes to serve Danish, Swedish and Norwegian cuisine, with an emphasis on Danish menu items. We were seated at a huge rustic wooden table set with medieval style candlesticks, bowls of pork crackling and what looked like a paper towel holder supporting enormous discs of Swedish crispbread or Schwedisches Knackebrot. Danish gossip magazines adorned with the Crown Prince wedding lay scattered on a sidetable. There was also a clear view of the entire kitchen, which was stepped down from an open pass.

Overall we found the food fair. With friendly staff, ambient atmosphere and the patience and flexibility for large groups, this would probably work well for Christmas functions or social gatherings.

Marinerede Sild $8.50
Marinated herring fillet in a sweet and sour dill marinade, served with Danish rye and onion rings

Karry Sild $8.50
Curried herring fillet in a homemade curry mayonnaise served with homemade rye and onion rings

Kryddersild $8.50
Spiced herring fillet in a tasty spiced marinade, served with homemade rye and onion rings

Torske Rogn $10.50
Cod roe lightly pan-fried served with remoulade sauce on homemade rye remoulade

Roget Laks $10.50
Smoked salmon served with onion rings, dill, lemon and dill mustard dressing on homemade rye or white toast

Gravad Laks $10.50
Dill cured salmon served with onion rings, capers, lemon and dill mustard dressing on homemade rye or white toast

Medister Poise $18.50
Original Danish country style pork sausage panfried, served with potatoes, red cabbage and sage sauce

Frikadeller $16.50
Minced pork meatballs--minced pork with onions and spices, panfrieds, served with potatoes and red cabbage and sage sauce

Morbradof $22.00
Pork fillet panfried with onions, served with potatoes, cucumber salad and cream sauce

Engelsk Bof $22.50
Prime grain-fed porterhouse--prime sirloin panfried, served with soft fried onions, potatoes, cucumber salad and meat sauce

AEblekage $6.50
Layers of sweet apple with butter-fried breadcrumbs topped with whipped cream and redcurrant jelly

Sly Fox
199 Enmore Road, Enmore
Tel: 02 9557 1016

The Gourmet Viking
EDIT: The Gourmet Viking has now closed. This restaurant has been replaced by Hartsyard.
33 Enmore Road, Newtown
Tel: 02 9557 8999
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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 10/21/2004 11:59:00 pm


  • At 10/28/2004 12:54 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Actually, the Sly Fox is only a lesbian venue on Wednesday nights. Otherwise it's the usual blue collar, beer nursing crowd.

  • At 6/17/2005 10:26 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wonderful review! I've been wondering what the Gourmet Viking is like (I figure anywhere that has vikings in its name should be fun)

    Was there much quaffing done?

  • At 6/23/2005 9:22 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Anonymous - thanks for clearing that up about the Sly Fox.

    Hi Anonymous - Thanks! We'd been itching to try the Gourmet Viking for ages.

    There was some quaffing but it was all BYO.

  • At 10/31/2006 2:47 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    As a dane, I must recommend the Karry Sild to start of with and Engelsk Boef as main meal.

    Moreover, you should not be afraid to try anything with Sage Sauce, its THE sauce!

  • At 12/02/2006 12:33 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Anon - Thanks for the tip :) And I agree, there's nothing wrong with sage.

  • At 5/08/2010 6:20 pm, Anonymous Ben Cousins said…

    The Gourmet Viking looks like a great restaurant but is 'Scandinavian' misspelt on their sign?

  • At 6/01/2010 1:23 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Ben Cousins - Well-spotted although according to Google I think that does qualify as an alternate spelling.


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