Review: For Fika Sake (now closed)
Update in January 2019: For Fika Sake is now closed.
For Fika Sake
7 Keith Street, Glasgow West End G11 6QQ
Stop everything you're doing right now because I need to tell you about For Fika Sake and how much I am in love with this place already.
This place only opened last weekend, so I was keen for a nosey and went in with an open mind. It's Scandinavian/Scottish which I think is a pretty amazing combination and is tucked off Dumbarton Road behind the supermarket-that-shall-not-be-named. It's really easy to find if you're following the map marker on the Yelp app.
It's a lot bigger than I expected - a beautiful open space, with a mezzanine and loads of seating. I was the only customer in around 12pm on a Thursday so I got my choice of seats - I actually found it hard to choose where to sit as everywhere looks so cosy. There's a super cute penguin nook, as well as couches, window seating and a vinyl corner, so plenty to choose from. There's also the mezzanine which isn't ready just yet, but will add even more seating/space to the place. I took a seat and ordered a coffee (I know!) and some cake. At the moment, the food is strictly cakes and bakes but they're hoping to have a chef starting soon doing some savory Nordic cooking. Yum.
I had the raspberry and lime polenta cake with a V60 coffee. I don't normally drink coffee but decided I wanted to give it a shot here, because I like to live dangerously. They do Dear Green and the guy was really helpful suggesting that maybe a V60 was a better option than a long black for a rookie. I really appreciated that and really liked the coffee as it was nice and smooth, and didn't make me totally lose my marbles. The cake was excellent, very spongy, soft and also gluten free.
I was there to get some work done - at the moment, they don't have wifi but they're expecting to have it by Monday 8 February - and I found the vibe in here just perfect. The music was ace, the atmosphere was chilled and inspirational and I was totally on cloud 9 as I was really loving live as I drank my coffee, worked away and ate cake.
I'd been there for a while and a whole bunch of people seemed to arrive at the same time so it was great to see it fill up. It's very kid-friendly as there is a lot of room to move around with buggies/prams. I ordered more cake and this time tried the Copenhagen bun. HOLY SHIZ. Was this the best bun I've ever eaten? Yes, yes it was. These are made by Freedom Bakery and it was so pillowy soft and delicious, it tasted like it just came out the oven. It was so good that I actually got two more to take home with me. I have no shame.
So all up, I really loved this place. It was great to try somewhere new, it has a lovely vibe and the guys working here are super friendly and welcoming. I can't wait to go back for another visit. Yes, I know this is one of the gushiest reviews I've ever written so perhaps all that sugar and coffee has affected me more than I realised. Anyway, I'm a bit in love with FFS and I can't wait for my second visit.