Karelia Kitchen, the selection of smørrebrød is enough to make Danish expats feel like they’re smack dab in the centre of København (a.k.a Copenhagen).">

Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: the shrimp smørrebrød from Karelia Kitchen


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Hard to pronounce, easy to eat (Image: Karolyne Ellacott)

Pronouncing smørrebrød is the hard part; eating these sandwiches is easy. Denmark’s official open-faced sandwich hasn’t gotten too much love in Hogtown — until now, that is. At Bloordale’s Karelia Kitchen, the selection of smørrebrød is enough to make Danish expats feel like they’re smack dab in the centre of København (a.k.a Copenhagen).

With the name originating from the words for butter (smør) and bread (brød), it’s no surprise that the sandwich begins with a buttered square of heavy rye bread (rugbrød). We fell for the shrimp version ($10), which is topped with a scoop of baby Matane shrimp that have been tossed in a house-made lemon–dill mayo.

Fresh micro greens, a slice of lemon and a wedge of hard-boiled duck egg stand at attention on top, while a golden beet, barley and raisin side-salad helps round out the lunch pick.    

Oh, and it’s pronounced SMUHR-brugth. Good luck with that.

Karelia Kitchen, 1194 Bloor St. W., 647-748-1194

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