Gosh how time flies. I can’t believe it’s already been two weeks since my wonderful evening at Kupp. From the second Steve and I walked through the door we were greeted with a smile and shown to our table. Danny, the manager on duty couldn’t have been more welcoming. We were offered drinks menus and Danny was on hand to talk us through the cocktail list, wines and beers. His knowledge was extensive and made it easy to make our decisions. I opted for Kupp’s take on a negroni, the Bernadotte, using Aperol, Campari, Cinzano and Taffel Aquavit. Steve chose a beer. Not just any old beer though. A beer made with Icelandic water to give it a clean, crisp taste.
Whilst taking in the ambience around us, we enjoyed our drinks. I really love the simplicity of the decor at Kupp. In keeping with the Scandinavian theme you notice plenty of clean lines and pale wood highlighted with accents of neon here and there. I loved the large neon Kupp sign above the bar particularly. It gave off a lovely warm and cosy glow. A living wall to our left really was a talking point.
On talking with Danny, Steve and I decided that we should try a selection of smaller dishes to start. The in-house Smoked Pork Meatballs with a sour hop mustard gravy and chive hollandaise, Crushed Avocado with the addition of cold smoked salmon on Leksands Knäcke Crispbread and the Oven Baked Quinoa, Kale and Butternut Cakes. All delicious but the Quinoa Cakes with the chilli hit in the curd cheese nestled alongside was a winner for me. The flavours worked so well together. I do love that fiery hit from chilli.
With the main course I decided on trying one of the wines by the glass. A great selection with 5 whites, 5 reds, 2 rosés and Prosecco as the sparkler. I plumped for a glass of Viognier. A personal favourite of mine and I knew it would pair well with the delicious Fiske Bord that was ordered for our main course.
The Fiske Bord is from the Smörgasbords menu. Perfect for sharing and grazing over drinks and the best way to sample many of the wonderful ingredients on offer at a Kupp. With beetroot cured Norwegian gravadlax, oak and apple wood house smoked mackerel and trout, Nordic skagan prawns, roast beetroot, potato salad, pickled vegetables, crispbreads and rye bread. It was a visual treat. What a delicious feast and such a beautiful platter. I believe you eat with your eyes first and I was in heaven when this smörgasbord was presented to our table.
Both Steve and I couldn’t fault the flavours. The in-house smoked mackerel being my particular favourite. Steve couldn’t choose his favourite item. High praise indeed.
What I really enjoyed about the savouries we sampled was that they were easily shareable. When cooking at home I always present food on the table for my guests to help themselves. I love the communal dining feel and Kupp does just that. It really hits the spot for me.
We kept the sharing vibe going for dessert. We ordered the Lingonberry Mess, Kupp’s version of an Eton Mess and the Swedish Pancake with Wild Blueberry Jam so we could both dig in. The Lingonberry Mess was dreamy. Pillows of whipped cream, meringue and lingonberries (little berries that grow wild in the Artic Tundra and throughout the Northern Hemisphere) folded together to create the lightest of desserts. In contrast, the pancake was more substantial. Equally delicious with the sweetness of the custard and the tartness of the sour cream filling. A definite sharing dessert in my opinion.
Me being me, I finished my meal with a mug of breakfast tea! I do love a good cuppa. Steve supped on another pale ale whilst we chatted and watched the world go by from our window seats.
We both thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Kupp. From start to finish the service was impeccable. I wouldn’t hesitate returning.
You can find Kupp on Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3HP.
Disclaimer: I was asked by Kupp to visit their Exeter restaurant. I was not paid for this post and all views are my own as always.