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Björn Frantzen öppnar nytt

Sommaren 2016 stängde kocken och krögaren Björn Frantzén sin tvåstjärniga restaurang i Gamla Stan för att flytta till ny lokal. 30 augusti slår nya Frantzén upp dörrarna på Klara Norra Kyrkogata 26 i centrala Stockholm. I fastigheten för nya Frantzén pågår sedan ett år tillbaka en total ombyggnation av restaurangens totalt tre våningar samt terrass. Trots att ytan blir mer än fem gånger större än den gamla restaurangen behålls de 23 sittplatserna.

Frantzen öppnar nytt

I väntan på att ombyggnationen blir klar har tiden utnyttjats maximalt i Frantzéns provlagningskök. Genom ett kreativt och metodiskt arbete har ett flertal nya rätter skapats som får premiär på restaurangen.

– Nya Frantzén har samma gastronomiska inriktning och filosofi som den tidigare restaurangen, säger Björn Frantzén. Den stora skillnaden är tillgången till alla de tekniker vi tidigare saknat på grund av platsbrist i köket, exempelvis matlagning över öppen eld. Vår främsta målsättning med nya Frantzén är dock att skapa en helhetsupplevelse som inte var möjlig i den förra lokalen.

Nya Frantzén har skapats i samarbete med inredningsarkitekterna på Joyn Studio. Restaurangen kommer att drivas av Björn Frantzén samt köksmästaren Marcus Jernmark. Ansvarig förmatsalsarbetet står Carl Frosterud som tidigare arbetade på Operakällaren och chefssommelier är Anna Rönngren.

Bokningen för nya Frantzén öppnar klockan 10.00 den 30:e juni.

Juiceverket (Stockholm) has a new menu

Juiceverket (at Mood Gallery – Norrlandsgatan) is definitely one of my favourite hang outs. They now have more than 6 branches around Stockholm. I was there today (just coming back from holiday) and saw that they have a new juice menu!

After having some difficulties to decided I went for

Ginger Green Sumo

banana, green apple, dades, kale, ginger, spinach & protein
Banana, green apple, dades, kale, ginger, spinach & protein

Turned out to be an excellent choice. Despite being 70% veggie, it was really tasty.  Became my lunch and lasted me all the way to dinner

Service is great, drinks are great, music is loud!

Grand Hotel Marstrand-Tenan (Marstrand – Gothenburg)

Grand Hotel Marstrand – Tenan

Address: Marstrand, an Island ca 50 min north from Gothenburg.

Telephone: +46 31132247
Open for dinner
Take the bus here or by car (park by the ferry)
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Hotel Grand Marstrand is located in the center of the Island of Marstrand – with a magnificent view of the harbour, you can enjoy fine dining in an hotel that dates back to 1892. At that time this was a summer residence for king Oscar II. The menu is very traditional and some of the dishes dates back to the 19th century and was enjoyed by the king!
sea map over Marstrand
Sea map over Marstrand
Ok, two items are ”maybe” a must on the menu – Tenans gratinated crayfish and File Africana is served (with a lot of…interesting sides) see for yourself. Everything is prepared according to original recipes. We went for the Turbot (high priced) which was enough for two.
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Catch of the day – gratinated Turbot

Blackened cod, potatoe purée with roasted garlic, seasonal vegetables and butter infused lobster stock
Blackened cod, potatoe purée with roasted garlic, seasonal vegetables and butter infused lobster stock

The Cod was absolutely perfect and the vegetables fitted well.

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Pavlova with fruits
For the dessert we had Pavlova and some sorbets, both very good.
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All in all, a great night out. Good quality food and warm friendly service. Not cheap, but priceworthy. We stayed at the hotel which made the evening even better. There are a total of three hotels on the Island (if you don’t want to catch the bus back to Gothenburg).

Restaurant Smaka – Gothenburg (Sweden)

Restaurant Smaka

Address: Vasaplatsen 3

Telephone: +46 31132247
Open for lunch and dinner
Outside Smaka
Outside Restaurant Smaka

Smaka is located on the Vasaplatsen, close to the Haga and Nya Allen and is one of the best restaurants for Swedish food in Gothenburg without having to re-mortgage your house. Restaurant Smaka has a very traditional Swedish menu and also a popular bar with high ceilings and very personal touch. The relaxed personal (friendly but not superfast) makes it easy to enjoy the dinner. This place has a high ranking on tripadvisor and therefore it is crowded tourist – and I understand them since its menu has everything the swedish kitchen has to offer at very reasonable prices.

Meatballs
Meatballs

On the menu you will of course find Meatballs, which is the most asked for dish by tourist. Smaka makes them with a special twist which was very good. Smaka is not a touristy restaurant like those on the main avenue (just 100m away). It has local cuisine that is consistently excellent. Also try the elk burger and deer file.

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Smakas versions of a smorgasbord

A big starter is the swedish miniature smorgasbord. Instead I went for the shrimp sandwich which was loaded with fresh shrimp. Perfect with one of the local beers

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As a starter I recommend the oysters just out of the waters from the swedish west coast

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Smakas Fish Gratin also come highly recommended by the waiter

All in all – The atmosphere in Smaka was buzzing, the staff were friendly, smiling and provided excellent service. It was quite noisy so not a place for a quiet tête-à-tête but it felt like everyone was having a great night out. I guess its the kind of place you go for a meal and stay for drinks…if not there are plenty of good bars close by.

 

Baligan – Cabourg (Normandy) France

Restaurant Baligan 

Address: 8 Avenue Alfred Piat14390 Cabourg, France

Telephone: 0231241092
Open for lunch and dinner
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If you want to enjoy good seafood (in a fairly sleepy Normandy town) this is the place to go to. Baligan is the local fisherman’s name for octopus – The essential theme is: – fresh – seasonal – well prepared. Take the menu or go a la carte and enjoy. We had the fishsoup as starter which was really tasty but unfortunately didn’t go for the seafood plate as main which looked very good at the table next to us.
Meals are a bit heavy with lots of cream or butter. This is typical from Normandy cuisine but may be too much for you . In that case, I recommend to just pick up a starter and a dessert, out of a menu offering an incredible assortment of gastronomic options.
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Fantastic oysters!

The food served (especially fish and fruit de mer) is absolutely fantastic. The products we were served were excellent (especially the oysters) and fresh and tasty.

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Lobster Risotto with with fish
This is where the locals go (crowded on the Saturday): a bustling, crowded and jolly atmosphere.
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Carbonara de seiche, pâtes maison à l’encre de seiche (Black Carbonara with octopussy)

The personnel was also very nice, and after the dessert a small glass of Calvados was offred to us. If you love the fish soup, you can buy it take away. Do make reservations or you are disappointed as there are not that may places available.

Bo Drake (London) – Rating 8/10

Bo Drake

6 Greek Street (SOHO), London

Tel: +44 20 7439 9989

Opening hours:  Mon-Fri 12.30 – 14.30, 17.30 – 23.00, Sat 12.00 – 24.00, Sun 12.00 – 21.00

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There’s a big communal table at the front and smaller tables, dimly lit, at the back. The decor is the legally mandated industrial-steel-and-concrete-meet-rustic-wood. Service was charming and friendly. There’s a reasonably priced cocktail list but this kind of food is better with draught beer (Brooklyn Lager or Camden Pale Ale).

‘Korexican’ sounds like a kitchen-worktop material, or a sicko’s name for a drug used in treating eating disorders. In fact it means Korean + Mexican. The mixture is weird but somehow it really works  And the flavours are splashed on with vigour. To eat here is to surf on wave after wave of umami flavours.

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the starters at Bo Drake

We had the ”KFC” – which was Korean Fried Chicken, Soy Garlic, Grapes & Rosemary – fantastic and Wagu Slider burger (with red onion jelly, cheddar cheese in between a brioche bun and truffled mayo on the side) together with Rice Cakes (not very impressive) for starters all really great.

For mains we had the Smoked Rib Stack, which was spicy and nice with a lovely smoked sweet chestnut wood asian BBQ sauce and a Sirloin Tatami (file) which is aged 35 days and taste fantastic – which came with a truffled shiitake and tofu cream….

 

When in London go!

How to get there
How to get to Bo Drake

Restaurant Proviant (Stockholm) Sweden – Rating 9/10

Restaurant Proviant

Sturegatan 19

Tel: +46 8 22 60 50

Opening hours:  Mon-Fri 11.30 – 15.00, 17.00 – 24.00, Sat 17.00 – 24.00, Sun 17.00 – 22.00

For the sixth consecutive year Proviant was awarded Proviant a Bib Gourmand by Michelin. A BIB Gourmand awarded to restaurants that serve good food at a reasonable price. I believe this very much highlight the personality of Restaurant Proviant.

A first glance at the menu gives you the feeling this is a french bistro but a closer look shows everyone that Proviant is all about the freshness and the origins of what they serve. From the starters we tried the Swedish toast (se below) with shrimps and salmon and the forest mushrooms on toast – they were both lovely.

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From the mains I was a bit defensive and went for the Steak Tartare which was lovely but maybe a bit ordinary (not their fault) but uniquely served with whiskey to pour over the meat – fun and brought a good new taste to the dish. Most appreciated was probably the Lemon sole on the bone with cabbage, apple with fennel & tarragon sauce – looked really fantastic.

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Proviant is a Small, cosy restaurant, limited menu but nothing really missing. On top of serving really well cooked, really good food, it was served with very good timing (and a smile). And for the great quality we got, I feel that the menu was quite reasonably priced.

Two important things to remember:

1) Please visit the butchers shop located next doors. Fantastic

2) On sunday they have a set 350 SEK menu (3 dishes) which usually is fantastic.

 

Restaurant Yuan (Dubai) – Rating 9/10

Yuan

Inside Hotel Atlantis at the Palm

Tel: – Reservations at Atlantis website

Opening hours: Lunch:  Saturday – Thursday: 12:30pm – 4:00pm Dinner: Saturday – Wednesday:  6:00pm – 11:00pm, Thursday, Friday and Public Holidays: 6:00pm – 11:30pm Friday Yum Cha: 11:30am – 3:30pm, Bar: 6:00pm – 1:00am Daily

Yuan is located just outside the Atlantis waterpark at discrete entrance. Tables are hard to get so you should book a few days ahead. In 2015 this was rated the best Asian Restaurant in Dubai!

Upon entering the restaurant you’ll find a Superb decor with atmospheric lighting. There are 6 distinct styles of seating from low round table, to high long tables. There are large round booths for bigger groups so I would advise visiting first to choose the style most suited for your occasion. Also there is a trendy bar (se picture) which serves oriental style drinks (and normal ones too).

The staff fantastic – attentive and helpful. They were always available without hovering around the table and were smiling.

First course:
We had dim sum platter, more dim sum (steamed shrimp) and fried tofu. Everyting fresh and awesome

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Fried Chili Tofu with Green Beans
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Various steamed Dim Sum
As a main we went for the pork in Sweet n sour sauce with jasmine rice and green steamed cabbage. Everything cooked to perfection.

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Pork cooked in Sweet n Sour sauce
and we also hade szechuan chicken with cashew nuts (on top of a plate is a dragon made of sea salt…not eatable).

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Szechuan chicken with cashew nuts

If you ever have been to Hakasan or Buddha bar this is the same style, but more stylish in a  way.

The Drapers Arms (London) – Rating 8/10

The Drapers Arms

44 Barnsbury St | IslingtonLondon N1 1ER, England

Tel: +44 (0)20 7619 0348

Opening hours:  Monday-Friday 10.00-23.00, Saturday 09.00-23.00, Sunday 09.00-23.00

Located in the north/west parts of London but well worth the trip
Located in the north/west parts of London but well worth the trip

The Drapers Arms has thrived since it was opened in 2009 because it understands its clientele (well-to-do young London people (and a few tourists) glad to be away from the Upper Street hectic lifestyle) and delivers  a very interesting menu, good wines, varied beers (Harveys Sussex Best, Sambrook’s Wandle, Truman’s Runner), neutral decor and thoughtfully seasonal cooking. This is served in a pub environment (that was quiet noisy and lively downstairs but more quiet upstairs) with a super friendly staff that seemed to be very proud of what the restaurant could offer.

Dinner room upstairs
Dinner room upstairs

We took the bus from our hotel in Covent Garden which took a good 30 min but it was good to see a new part of London. The restaurant is the kind of place you just wanna hang out in the bar after you finished your meal.

The Drapers Arms has a interesting menu if you love well cooked english modern food.

Suet crust bbef cheek pie *50p goes to action against hunger
Suet crust bbef cheek pie *50p goes to action against hunger
Fried Cod with leek sallad
Fried Cod with leek sallad
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Crusty fish mash served with horseradish a potato pure

To sum up:  I really like The Drapers Arms It’s homely & cozy, and feels like walking into someone’s home a hundred years ago. The wine list is extensive and the beer selection feels local and full of quality microbreweries. Food is best case scenario gastropub style. Service is excellent. The downstairs is good for drinks and snacks, but I suspect the upstairs area is better for sitting down to lunch or if you want to have a more quiet dinner. It is spacious and quieter without being formal. It’s not a cheap place, but it isn’t too expensive either, and I would argue that you do get your money’s worth there, in terms of quality as well as quantity.

It’s the best place to take friends from out of town when they’re visiting; it feels exactly like how you want London to be!

Restaurant Hjerta – Stockholm (Sweden) – Rating 8/10

Restaurant Hjerta

Slupskjulsvägen 28b (Skeppsholmen)

Tel: +46 8-520 236 70

Opening hours:  Tuesday-Friday 11.30-22.00, Saturday 12.00-22.00, Sunday 12.00-20.00

Malin Söderström

Restaurant Hjerta is run by Swedish chef Malin Söderström (who is famous from doing cooking on swedish TV). She operates two restaurants (also the restaurant at the Modern museum of arts) on the waterside of Skeppsholmen .

Perfect smoky cod
I had a perfectly smoked Atlantic Cod with chicory potatoes

At Restaurant Huerta she wanted to see more of season mindset. With the location at the quayside she wanted to bring in a more close to the archipelago feeling in the kitchen. Therefore the menu has everything from smoked fish, meat – and ice cream (in summer outside).

Famous "Ship" pizza
Famous ”Ship” pizza

The menu is small and the dishes somewhat robust. Many of the dishes are just smoked. As Skagen röran, served in a large clicks even as half portion and with great taste. For seafood lovers, there is also the ”Archipelago Plank”, a variety of finger foods from the sea to divide into two or four. Skeppsholmspizza, which is very affordable for its 130 SEK, served in two variants. The version with smoked chuck steak and pepper mayonnaise has a good balance of smokiness, but the salt mayonnaise. The vegetarian pizza with artichoke is very hot with the priest cheese, sour cream fund chillies.

Outside the restaurant has a new outdoor terrace been built and almost doubled the restaurant in size. From a white and red Citroën bus from 1962 sold refreshments and there are plans for a picnic to go (unfortunately summer only)

 

Restaurant News – Naglo (out) Carousel (in) – Stockholm

Guests at Vassa Eggen or Boqueria has probably said hello to Robin Moderato many times. He is also involved in the remake of Restaurant Tennstopet (Vasastan) and successful deli chain Alberts & Jacks.

Nowadays you have to search restaurateur at a new address. As of Today he opens his doors to new Restaurant Carousel in Naglos old premises at Gustaf Adolfs Torg 20. With him are childhood friend Christopher Ellert Andersson and his brother Lukas Moderato, which until now has driven Restaurant DeVille on Roslagsgtan. Generous opening hours, coupled with a lively bar and a menu that attracts many kinds of guests is the trio’s concept.

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Restaurant news – Local Izakaya is replacing restaurant Lokal (Stockholm)

Restaurant Local has gone from a French inspired bistro to a complete Izakaya. Nowadays it is Asian cuisine in focus. The longtime serving Kungsholm-based local restaurant has changed its name to Local Izakaya (and is now run by the same owners as Restaurang Ljunggren at Södermalm).

An izakaya is a form of informal Japanese pub serving snacks to cocktails. The name is an amalgamation of the ”I” (to stay) and ”Sakaya” (Sake shop) which indicates that the original meaning was’ sake vendors with seating where guests could sit down on a glass.

An Japanese Izakaya
An Japanese Izakaya

Just as on a traditional Izakaya focuses Local nowadays on the right side dishes. The menu is divided between dishes, maki, gunkan, combo and helportioner and the idea is to share the food:

Local Izakaya is located at Scheelegatan 8 on Kungsholmen and is open for both lunch and dinner.

News – Swedish Bocuse d’Or 2015

On September 22 it will be decided who wins Bocuse d’Sweden and therefore who will represent Sweden in the Bocuse d’Europeans in May 2016.

This year’s contestants in the Bocuse d’Sweden are

Gustav Tragardh – (Restaurant Sjömagasinet Gothenburg)

Adam Dahlberg (Adam & Albin Matstudio Stockholm)

Andreas Edlund (Restaurant Pocket, Stockholm)

Alexander Sjögren.(chef of the year 2008)

The four chefs have until September 22 to prepare the meat dish and train with the pre-specified raw materials. Swedish Bocuse d’Or Academy, where, among others, Mathias Dahlgren, Henrik Norström, Tommy Myllymäki and Fredrik Eriksson included, have on application designated the four renowned chefs competing for the place as Sweden’s representative in Bocuse d’Or Europe 2016. The placement of the EM is then crucial to get a seat to the World Cup in Lyon where the Bocuse d’Or will take place in January 2017.

The contestants and their dishes judged on composition, taste, presentation and technology. We need weighed individual interviews in the assessment.

 

Restaurant news – Restaurant Portal opens in Stockholm

Klas Lindberg, Chef of the Year in 2012, will open his first own restaurant. At the beginning of 2016 hit the gates up restaurant Portal in the middle of the St. Eriksplan. The chef himself describes his forthcoming restaurant as ”Aware simplicity with a lot of heart and passion for food,” . Having his own restaurant has been his aim for a long time. Klas wants to get the opportunity to show his version of a contemporary food and beverage craftsmanship. The food is tasty but uncomplicated, and all the time with taste in mind.

The premises where the restaurant is located was formerly a Chinese restaurant, but now awaits an extensive renovation work. Portal is expected to open during the first quarter in 2016.

Restaurant Mr French – Stockholm (Sweden) – Rating 6/10

Restaurant Mr French 

Tullhus 2 – Skeppsbrokajen

Tel: +46 8 20 20 95

Opening hours:  Everyday 1100-0100

Lunch menu at Mr French
Lunch menu at Mr French

From the outside the building may not like much (located in the same building as the previous restaurant Pontus by the sea), but inside you’ll find French 20’s vibes . Here is an open kitchen and 20-inspired décor with brass fittings and a large bar in the middle. At the front, the quay, is spreading even outside terrace out with a large bar and dining area, one of the city’s most popular modes in the summer especially on sunny days.

Apparently the crowd of guests is business people and a lot of tourists. The menu focuses mainly on French brasserie cuisine with emphasis on seafood and char-grilled meat. The seafood line up on the ice in our amazing seafood dishes in the open kitchen.

From the menu we chose salmon on a bed of vegetable with an aioli based sauce. Before our lunch we are served a mushroom soup that is tasty but not more than this. When we are presented the bill we also get at ”goodie bag” to take away – an home made energy bar which is a positive surprise. Service at the restaurant is very friendly although a bit slow considering the lunch rush.

But although the kitchen, under the chef Jonas Markstedts management, is fairly stable maybe there is something missing.

View over stadsgården from the restaurant
View over stadsgården from the restaurant

However the view from the restaurant almost forgives anything the restaurant lacks. Its is probably not at restaurant that every will get a star recognition but this is not the aspiration either.