A bit off the radar, FINDS (an acronym for Finland, Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden) remains a reliable favourite for Foodie. Back in 2015, Jaakko Sorsa won our coveted Editors’ Choice Chef of the Year Foodie Forks award for his innovation and passion for Nordic cuisine. He’s constantly updating the menu at FINDS with new dishes and techniques, and he’s now turned his attention to brunch, with a recently unveiled four-course Urban Picnic brunch on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays ($278/person; +$150 for free-flow house red and white wines, sparkling wine and selected beers).
With bread and butter this divine, we could slather and stack just about anything on it and we’d be happy campers. We asked for seconds, nay thirds, of the freshly baked sourdough with its soft texture and beautiful crust and piled each slice with an assortment of top-notch items, from whipped cream cheese, to properly stinky Camembert, to beetroot sauerkraut, to avocado (unadorned but perfectly ripe), to salmon pastrami. Along with this came a carafe of detox water flavoured with kiwi and strawberry, so we felt slightly more virtuous despite the carb fiesta.
A Selection of “Tinned” Food
Ready-to-eat food is part and parcel of many a picnic for its ease of transport, but at this Urban Picnic, the tinned food has been reinvented into tins and jars filled with freshly made salads, vegetables and pickled and smoked fish. A staple of Nordic cuisine, pickled Baltic herring may not be to everyone’s taste, but we enjoyed its sharp fishiness paired with homemade honey-mustard sauce. The surprising highlight for us here, however, was the humblest jar of them all: boiled new potatoes dressed in a simple butter-and-chive sauce. Scandi spuds must be special indeed – these were creamy and flavourful, worth all the calories and carbs.
We shared hearty portions of the house-smoked salmon fillet and Black Angus Prime rib-eye. Both were excellent. We rarely enjoy cooked smoked salmon (isn’t the silky texture what it’s all about?), but FINDS’ version converted us. The fish was tender and rich in flavour but somehow still remained delicate, and we loved the accompanying earthy fricassée of wild mushrooms. The rib-eye was much more robust, counterbalanced by naturally sweet roasted root vegetables.
Our indoor picnic experience ended with this whimsical butterfly garden of bite-sized treats. The lemon curd and yoghurt pots were lovely and light, and we can never say no to homemade doughnuts. Our favourite of the sweet lot was the simplest: mixed berries on chocolate-crumb soil.
FINDS’ Urban Picnic brunch is fresh and fun. We appreciate the amount of thought that Chef Sorsa has put into crafting each picnic course to make it unique and both beautiful in presentation and taste. The ingredients are carefully sourced and we could taste the quality of each. Highly recommended for those living in Kowloon and even HK Islanders who are looking for something a little off the beaten track.
Note that the Urban Picnic brunch serves a minimum of two people. For 2–3 guests, choose one main course; for 4–5 guests, choose two main courses; for 6–7 guests, choose three main courses; for eight guests or above, choose four main courses.
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This write-up is based on a complimentary media tasting provided in exchange for an honest review and no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed here represent the author’s.