The popularity of all things Scandinavian just keeps growing; first they came with their furniture, then their gloomy but gripping detective series, and now their food is making the journey to mainland Europe at brasserie Björk (no relation to the crackers Icelandic pop poppet).
Claiming to be the first authentic Swedish cuisine outlet in Italy, Björk sits quietly in the Italian Alps in a convenient spot between some of the best ski resorts of Switzerland and France. I say quietly, as this understated brasserie is not going to be causing any avalanches by shouting and waving its arms about style-wise.
The majority of the interior is bleached wood, white tiles and glass cabinets, very well-behaved, with a cool little throwback area of 1950s Borge Mogensen armchairs, vintage style magazines and cubist wall design, giving the place a lift. The claims to authentic Swedish cuisine are strong, as the owners have snapped up a graduate of the Grythyttan Academy to head up the kitchen. Planning to expand into the more populous Milan, expect Björk to be making more noise in the near future.