Kringla Bakeri og Kafe is the venerable quick service outlet on the left side of Norway Proper with Frozen Ever After straight ahead.
In a move that began in the middle of June, Kringla opens at 9am alongside the Frozen Ever After ride and Royal Sommerhus meet and greet.
At that time, the quick service added a few new items like the Egg and Leek Pastry, Norwegian Charcuterie, and Fisherman’s Tasting Box, in addition to adding the Salmon and Egg Sandwich back into the mix.
While Kringla is best known for their School Bread and other sweet treats, the sandwiches here are pretty good if you’re looking for something that’s pretty ordinary.
I don’t mean that as harshly as it might sound, but with all of the interesting options at Epcot, picking up a turkey sandwich might not be the best play.
But the Ham and Apple Sandwich cut in half or into thirds would make for a hearty, somewhat interesting snack and I’ve read good things about the Salmon and Egg Sandwich, even if I didn’t care for what I received a couple of years ago now.
While some of the sweets have been switched out for others (the waffles come to mind), most favorites should still be offered, including School Bread, Lefse, and the Troll Horn.
Of course, the Frozen tie-in is inevitable, but there are only two or three items themed to the franchise, which potentially shows some restraint.
They updated the display to include the Royal Sommerhus, which is a qt touch.
We started the day by ordering a $4.99 Egg and Leek Pastry.
This is a light, airy, crispy pastry with a considerable buttery, garlicky, onion-y flavor. There was not a whole lot of egg going on, which means this isn’t necessarily going to fill you up like some of those options we saw in Mexico, which I personally preferred. If you’re looking for something breakfast-y early then it might be good for a quick snack. Even with Frozen Ever After’s popularity, Kringla doesn’t seem to be bogged down and it’s usually a quick ordering process. A Viking Coffee with Baileys Irish Cream and Kamora Coffee Liqueur or Baileys and Coffee might also help perk your day up.
We returned later in the afternoon to try something that I always refer to as the “Fisherman’s Tackle Box,” despite “Tasting” being the actual word used.
This comes in at $9.99 and includes three large shrimp, a couple nice slices of smoked salmon, two chunks of mackeral, two packages of melba toast, a couple of tomatoes, an egg, a piece of lemon, and a creamy dill sauce.
It reminded me a bit of the Taste of Scandinavia – Shrimp Salad, Cured Salmon and Herring that was available back when Scandinavia was a Food/Wine booth.
You’ve got a couple of options here, including enjoying each item individually or placing some or all of the options on the toast. We appreciated that everything was fresh and cold, which is sometimes nice in the Florida heat. There isn’t any indoor seating in the area, though Kringla’s covered seating in back is usually pleasant. Otherwise, the serving size on this isn’t tremendous for ten bucks, but seafood is usually on the expensive side and everything here was high quality and shareable. Those looking for a high protein, relatively low-calorie meal or snack should be particularly pleased. We enjoyed it though it’s not really anything you couldn’t put together yourself from your grocery store’s fish section.
The $5.49 Snow Globe was another new June addition.
And ermagherd, it was so good. You’ve got what is basically a brownie or chocolate cake underneath what tastes like a dense cheescake which is then covered in cream. It’s served chilled, so it’s particularly refreshing, and really had a nice sweet flavor to it. This is sacrilegious and don’t tell anyone, but it’s my favorite thing at Kringla. So good.
These four little cupcakes come in at $7.49 with just an upside down plastic SOLO cup in the middle separating them. They’re a 9/10 on cuteness, 5/10 on flavor, and probably 2/10 on value. Combined, you’ve got considerably less cupcake than most options that will run you $5-$6. The flavors are also pretty basic with the cake portion tasting like it came out of a box with icing from a can.
But you’re probably not buying them for flavor, but just because that melting Olaf face is so creepy/cute.
Overall, it’s another round of interesting additions at Kringla.
We’ll check in on Frozen Ever After and the Royal Sommerhus next.