Review: Kantine.

This Scandinavian inspired breakfast/brunch spot has been open for several years in San Francisco and I finally made my way there.

Kantine offers homemade pastries, sandwiches, and various grain or protein bowls. They also have their “brunch board” where you can choose 5 or 7 items from a list of dishes ranging from different breads, eggs, fish and meat dishes, and vegetable forward dishes.

The only annoying thing is that Kantine doesn’t offer reservations, similar to a lot of brunch places, so we ended up waiting in line for about an hour. You could order in advance for pickup if that’s more your style.

Inside Kantine.

Cinnamon Knot and Pølsehorn (7.5-8/10).

Their version of a cinnamon roll was slightly denser than a traditional one but the flavor was still pretty delicious. I did enjoy the pølsehorn, a flaky pastry with sausage inside.

Swedish Chocolate Cake with Kumquat and Fennel (8.5/10).

I really liked this simple chocolate cake with whipped cream, candied kumquats, and a touch of fennel pollen. It was a nice balance of sweetness, tanginess, and floral notes.

7 Item Brunch Board (7.5-8/10).

We opted for the larger brunch board and got the following dishes: spiced smoked bacon; homemade yogurt with berry compote and rye oat granola; smoked trout salad with pickled red onions; beef meatballs with horseradish cream; rye bread; tomato and bean salad; and curried pickled herring with capers. Highlights were the yogurt, smoked trout, and curried pickled herring.

Grovbirkes Sandwich (8.5-9/10).

My favorite savory item of the day was this stunner of a breakfast sandwich. Grovbirkes is a type of Danish pastry with various seeds on top. Inside the sandwich was fluffy soft scrambled eggs, smoked ham, and Havarti cheese. Perfection!

I’d definitely recommend Kantine if you’re in the mood for something a little different for your next brunch outing so my rating is an 8/10.

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