A few weeks ago I got an email from Hemma asking if I’d like to go check out their new winter menu. I think it only took me about 0.2 seconds to RSVP because as we all know I loooooove Hemma and all of the Swedish restaurants and bars owned by the Boda Bars chain.
So last Wednesdays Charlotte and I skipped down to Hemma and met some fellow Edinburgh bloggers which was super nice, including Leanne of @lappetitefoodie.
When we sat down we were gifted a Swedish and Danish cookbook filled with yummy desserts that brought me right back to my childhood- planning on making some kladdkaka soon tbh.
After getting to know the rest of the girls and looking through our cookbooks the food arrived. We were told we were going to get some sharing plates and then each choose an item off the brunch menu.
First up- some nibbles. Mixed olives, pea & avo smash, red pepper pate with bread. Yummy yummy! I honestly thought this was what we were going to share.
Until two massive platters of food arrived right after our nibbles. Here we’ve got a mix of fishcakes (very tasty), mushrooms on toast (also tasty), terrine (I don’t think I actually tried this) and the star of the show- deep fried brie. Oh dear lord, that brie was so so so good. This was a BIG up from regular mozzarella sticks which I love anyways. I felt real fancy eating this brie (I mean I looked super ungraceful but I didn’t even care, it was a true love story).
This was all washed down with some lovely cold prosecco.
Hemma was doing it’s Christmassy thing, all dressed up for the holidays. The lights were up and the hygge atmosphere on point 👌
On to the mains! Charlotte ordered the Croque Madame- a ham, cheddar and mustard bechamel toastie with a fried egg on top. Good choice Char, 10 points to Gryffindor.
I went for the avocado, kale, pea and mint smash toastie with feta on top. Don’t skip the feta, it really brings it all together. Also, you can’t see this on the photo but that piece of bread is massive and really filled me up. I was scared I wasn’t going to have room for dessert but luckily I did…you’ll see why I was able to magically make room for it.
Leanne opted for the eggs brando which was my standout star at our last brunch at Hemma a few months ago. She didn’t even have the chance to properly try her first bite when I demanded to know how much she liked it (she really did like it).
After a bit of chilling out and trying not to fall asleep after eating all that food, the desserts made an appearance. We’ve got kladdkaka (my favourite, which also contributed to m chubbyness as a teenager since I would make it almost every day after school hehe- no regrets), baked vanilla cheesecake, carrot cake, apple upside down cake and vegan chocolate brownies. DE-LISH-US.
Then, when everything was cleared away and I thought that we were ending this feast, we were presented with the probably the best wintery cocktail I’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking. I can’t find it on their menu but it’s basically like drinking a Terry’s chocolate orange in cocktail form. But not as sweet. But better. Just try it, you won’t regret it.
I really couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend a cold Wednesday afternoon in the company of some lovely ladies, surrounded by delicious food in homey Hemma. Thank you again to Hemma for the invite and I’ll be back soon, as usual ❤️
Read my last post on Hemma’s brunch menu here