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Lokal feeds with Nordic flavour come to West End  

Move over IKEA – we’ve found a new Nordic-inspired spot to get us excited for all things Scandinavian and they’re making us drool more than your meatballs ever could. With local lad Corey Thoms and Norway expat Helge Olsen at the helm, new West End eatery Lokal + Co fuses local ingredients with Nordic flavour for a venue with a difference. Walk in the doors and you won’t able to help but stop and stare, with minimalistic but uber chic décor sprinkled with copper features that is far and away from any IKEA showroom. Just out the front door, a sunny deck provides a chilled spot for afterwork drinks and eats (although they’re still waiting on the bar license). Lokal+Co 3 Whether you hunt them down in the back streets of West End for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’ll find something creative on the menu to tempt you, with almost all the ingredients sourced locally and most of their sauces, chutneys and pickles made in house.

Delve right in to the Nordic theme with lunch dishes like their Danish open rye topped with sardines, egg, fennel, radish and lettuce, or bar bites like the kjottkaker – meat balls with pickled red cabbage and house chutney, and lefse flatbreads with toppings like grilled eggplant and tahini yoghurt.

If you prefer to stick to something a little more like your usual fare, however, breakfast dishes like gingerbread waffles with chocolate hazelnut sauce, whipped ricotta and crumbed honey come, and lighter options like avo on toast with spiced labne and chia seed puddings. Lokal+Co 2 For lunch, ditch your usual West End takeaway and find a sunny spot on Lokal + Co’s deck for spiced roast pumpkin quinoa salad or a heftier pulled pork sandwich with ham, Jarlsberg cheese, pickles, beer mustard aioli and side of thick cut chips. When that liquor license finally arrives, you’ll be able to drink and dine right up until 10pm, with share plates and mains to pair with a short but sweet list of Australian and international wines, along with tap beers that will even include a Norwegian brew. For now, Lokal + Co is open seven days a week from 7am-4pm at 6 O’Connell Street, West End. Words by Ranyhyn Akui