Linda presents “A Taste of Nordic” via Japan

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Linda Eiksund, the charming host of her eponymous restaurant “Linda’s” held an event to highlight the quality of the ingredients used in her kitchen. This was after a tie-up between the restaurant and Tohkaiya Products, allowing Japanese Executive Chef Katsutoshi (Kato) Ishibashi to present his products and their suitability to Norwegian cooking to a group of mainly Norwegians with notables as celebrated numismatist Jan-Olav Aamlid and comedian, writer, music journalist and radio host Yan Friis.

Chef Kato, although Japanese, worked in Norway for some years and is au fait with Norwegian cuisine, so much so that he has authored a popular cook book now used extensively in Norway.

Linda (2nd left) proudly presents Chef Katsutoshi (Kato) Ishibashi (centre) and his well-trained assistants.Linda (2nd left) proudly presents Chef Katsutoshi (Kato) Ishibashi (centre) and his well-trained assistants.

The lunch menu began with salmon, a duo of smoked and cured, with cream cheese, dill stewed potatoes and mustard sauce. Chef Kato saying that he oversees all his own smoked products in house. Linda also adding that she has now experienced the Tohkaiya salmon and it is of a very high quality.

The main course was an imported tenderloin, stuffed with brunoise vegetables in the Norwegian manner, and accompanied by asparagus, carrot mousse, orange braised beetroot, and honey glazed leek.

A select group of food critics and guests were invited to the special presentation.A select group of food critics and guests were invited to the special presentation.

The tenderloin was indeed tender and being stuffed with vegetables was a new, and very tasty, way to present beef.

Linda explained that the menu is being revamped, and many of Chef Kato’s dishes were already incorporated into her menu. Of course, Linda herself is no stranger to a Norwegian kitchen, and is a most interesting international lady. A restaurateur, born in Hong Kong, but spent 20 years in Norway, a talented business woman and chef and who began her working life as a dishwasher.

Introducing a duo of smoked and cured salmon.Introducing a duo of smoked and cured salmon.

The kitchen staff was introduced at the end of the lunch, having been schooled by Chef Kato in how to cook with his quality products. And Linda was quick to point out that “quality” was the driving factor for the new menu.

This has always been an excellent restaurant, and is highly recommended by the Dining Out Team.

The unique stuffed tenderloin, very tasty indeed.The unique stuffed tenderloin, very tasty indeed.

Linda’s Restaurant, 315/177-180 Moo 12, opposite the Jomtien Complex. Thappraya Road, Jomtien. Open seven days from 7.30 a.m. until late. Tel: Reservations: 038 252 726, www. lindasrestaurant.com, street-side parking. Email [email protected] GPS 12.901655 N 100.869.

Staff are well trained and take pride in giving the best of service. Staff are well trained and take pride in giving the best of service.

Linda’s has a spacious porch for your dining pleasure.Linda’s has a spacious porch for your dining pleasure.