A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the KuPP Southampton launch and I had such a lovely evening, I thought it only right that I share a little post about it. To be totally honest, I hadn’t heard of KuPP before an email dropped into my inbox from their PR. KuPP are a Scandinavian restaurant chain offering a selection of classic national dishes alongside traditional British food. As KuPP put it themselves:
KuPP. is about sharing a little of what we love about Scandinavia, proudly wrapped up in a big British blanket.
Sounds good to me. Can’t beat a big British blanket.
The KuPP Southampton restaurant is in the new area of West Quay where there’s a ton of restaurants and bars, so it’s ideally placed if you’re looking for a date night in the evening, or even a spot of shopping and lunch in the day.
The launch had well and truly kick started by the time I had arrived ( a little late I admit, but better late than never right?), and the place was filled to the brim with guests enjoying complimentary prosecco, red wine and cocktails.
One of the first things that struck me about the restaurant was how friendly and attentive all the staff were. From the front of house, to the barmen, and the waiting staff, nothing was too much trouble and despite how busy it was, waiting times and service was particularly impressive. The bar staff even mixed up a bespoke fruit cocktail which was one of the most delicious berry-filled drinks I’ve ever had.
The second thing I noticed about the restaurant was just how pretty it all was. There’s a reason why anything and everything Scandi is synonymous with understated chic.
From the exposed copper pipes on the ceiling (and also featuring in the ladies too), to the calming colour scheme of turquoises and burnt orange, everything just felt so…cool. But not in a deliberate or pretentious way.
You just get the feeling that this is how they like to do things. And I liked it a lot.
Guests were treated to a selection of canapes from the menu with fresh ingredients ranging from avocado, salmon, prawns, eggs and salad all served up on gorgeous sourdough bread.
The food was delicious and I only wish there could have been more of a selection/other choices available on the night that represented their Nordic heritage a little more. But I understand that the canapes were a way to whet the appetite, and I’ll definitely be back for more next time I’m in Southampton.
A final thing I really like about KuPP Southampton (and all other restaurants do the same I’m presuming), is that they have a mini store where you can purchase certain food and drink products such as their blends of coffee, cheese and jams, and even buy some homeware and kitchen items too. I love that idea.
All in all, I had a really nice evening and would absolutely recommend checking out KuPP Southampton – I’m looking forward to trying out more of their veggie dishes in the future and seeing what a main evening meal would be like.
If you’ve visited a KuPP restaurant before and have a recommendation then let me know! Would love to hear from you. Thanks for reading, and I’ll be back soon.