Fika Swedish Cafe & Bistro

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For readers who wonder how the origins of the name, Fika, I paraphrased the following from their website (which apparently was lifted from Wikipedia).

Fika is a word that literally means “taking a break from work” as in the words, fikapaus (“fika pause”) or fikarast (“fika break”). The shorter word fika, may equally mean having coffee with a friend at a cafe.


What an apt name for this quaint Swedish bistro at the corner of Arab and Victoria streets. It does look like a place where one would meet up with a friend for coffee and light bites!

P.s. reservations are highly recommended since the cafe barely sits no more than, seemingly, 20 people each service. We were most lucky to have been able to secure the last available table during Friday lunch, albeit not having made any prior reservations!

Read on to find out what we thought of the food!

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Swedish Hash – S$17.90
Diced potatoes, onions and beef, pan-fried and topped with a runny sunny-side-up with sliced beetroot on the side

The doctor’s order of the Swedish Hash, came across as a tad disappointing. The dish on the whole was on the dry side and considering how he needed to add additional salt and pepper, the dish was under seasoned.

A pity.

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Swedish Meatballs – S$16.90
Meatballs served with home-made cream sauce, parsley potatoes and ligonberry jam

I opted for something safer, thus the boring selection of the Swedish meatballs. The meatballs were decent – not too moist, not too dry and they were less compact as the mass-produced Ikea ones. In all, a safe choice.

P.s. I was surprised to learn from HungryGoWhere that Fika is Halal-certfied! For my dear Muslim friends, since Ikea’s meatballs contain pork, Fika’s definitely up your alley!

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  1. We’ve tried the meatballs here when they were newly opened and we were disappointed. But maybe they have improved after a few feedback which is good for food places 🙂

    • Daniiel

      I just discovered that I do it eeraydvy without knowing there is an actual concept like this. I’m glad it has a name and importance! ^^ I really love having coffee constantly, it makes me feel like I’m on holiday every time I have it, and if I don’t have it (especially the first coffee of the day right after breakfast) I get reaaally cranky, and I mean really grumpy. I love those kind of pictures by the way, to be honest they make me laugh like crazy =)

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