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Restaurant Austin Food Works – Stockholm

Restaurant Austin Food Works

Norrtullsgatan 24

Tel: +46 8 32 07 04

Opening hours: MON-FRI LUNCH: 12:00 – 14:00, WEEKDAY: 18:00 – 22:00 SAT: 18:00 – 23:00

Restaurant Austin Food Works
Restaurant Austin Food Works

AFW is started by six  Texas Longhorn owners  (the famous BBQ) chain who wanted to try something new influenced by their extensive travel in the southern parts of the USA. Stockholm has many BBQ type of places, but very few with origins from ”deep south”.

Menu at Austin Food Works
Menu at Austin Food Works

Austin Foodworks located between Odenplan and Norrtull somehow feels like a hipster, (male?…but with many female guest) typ of place. The restaurant has not only put a lot of research into the food but also the interior feels genuine with a ”hip” type of  construction lamps, roasted plate and Mason Jars lamps adorn the ceilings, worn wood, old oil cans from post-apocalyptic petrol station in Texas, lots of bourbon and rye decorates liquor shelf.

Beer at Austin Food Works Served in a can
Beer at Austin Food Works Served in a glass mug

Austin Food Works is open both for lunch and dinner (altough me personally would prefer dinner). Even though it feels like a ”meaty” type of place, you will also find vegetarian dishes on the menu. On top of the brisk plate we also tried the soft tacos, the the fries with melted cheese which were all very tasty. It feels real, but I’m not sure the big ”audience” have heard about the place yet (?).

The Brisk plate
The Brisk plate

Prices are very resonable and if you don’t feel like eating – the choice of draft beers in the bar is impressive. When we arrived at the restaurant, we found Melker Andersson enjoying the AFW chicken at a isolated table!

The bill
The bill

Service was great with a warm welcome and very good timing .

Warmly recommended!

Restaurant Burgers & Lobster – Stockholm

Burger & Lobster

Norrlandsgatan 33

Tel:+46 8 510 254 00

Restaurant Burgers & Lobster
A typical meal at Burgers & Lobster

The first week in July – Pontus Frithiofs new restaurant will open its gates . The London based restaurant concept with just lobster and hamburgers on the menu will occupy the former fine dining location on Norrlandsgatan. The restaurant primarily based in the basement will also host a 20 meter bar area upstairs and around 100 seats. The price tag is as simple as the menu: All courses cost 275 SEK.  Since the restaurant has limited the number of choices they have put all the focus on the atmosphere, music and colorful service.

According the Pontus Frithiof the Interest in the Burger & Lobster concept has been tremendous since we released the news in March. The restaurant Burger & Lobster is a collaboration with Modis restaurants (a company that up to now have run more suburbian type of lunch restaurants).

Let’s if it will be a success also in Stockholm. However since especially the younger urban professional crowd never seems to get tired of having burgers….chances are high.

The first Burger & Lobster restaurant opened in Mayfair in London in 2011. It became a huge success. Soon followed several branches and just this year launched eight pieces of restaurants in the world, from Manchester to Dubai.

Restaurant YOLO – Stockholm (Djursholm)

Restaurant YOLO

Vendevägen 14 Djursholm (11km north of Stockholm)

Tel: +46 8 755 02 00

OPENING HOURS: Tue – wed: 11.30-23.00, Thu – fri: 11.30-24.00, Sat: 13.30 – 24.00 (closed 5th of July — 3rd of August)

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Menu Yolo

You only live once (YOLO) opened in august 2014 and has become one of the most appreciated restaurant in Djursholm. Situated on a restaurant ”busy” street (where you will also find La Piazza and Monrad’s. Top restaurateur Jonas Lundgren ( silver medalist in the chef world championships in 2009 and with its own restaurant Jonas on Kungsholmen) created the menu but are not seen in the kitchen so often. That is not negative in any way. In the Kitchen you will findchefs Danny Falkeman and Jonas Lagerström as boss of the daily work. Owner of the restaurant in Danderyd personality Sara Korduner Izosimov (read her blog)

Kyckling i variation
Chicken from Ljungby with variation of carrot

Yolo is a fine dining restaurant in relaxed surroundings, it has a ”at home” feeling about it with a Svenskt Tenn touch.

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White asparagus salad with butter sauce flavored with grilled mussels, scallop & Spanish almonds

Overall I’m impressed by Yolos brilliant craftsmanship , excellent flavor combinations and total solfège regarding empathetic service.

Yolos Beef tartar
Yolos Beef tartar

Yolo will offer lunch and dinner , and weekend brunch . Raw materials (with focus on swedish eco friendly food) are chosen with care and the menu is replaced frequently .

Vanilla Icecream
Vanilla Icecream

 

 

 

 

Djuret is opening its courtyard – Stockholm

Restaurant Djuret (Svinet)

Lilla Nygatan 5 – Entrance via the reception at Victory Hotel, Lilla Nygatan 5 in the Old Town, Stockholm.

Tel  +46 8 506 400 84

Opening Hours Mon-Thur 1800-2300, Fri & Sat 1730-2300

Restaurant Djuret Courtyard Svinet

In the summertime Djuret light up the charcoal grill in their summer Restaurant Svinet in the courtyard next to Restaurant Djuret. Svinet means ”the pig” in Swedish and this garden barbeque restaurant is all about pig and nothing else. The menu is based upon the pig which is cut and grilled on charcoal.

Svinet 2015 is open from June 22  until August 15.

 

Cafe/Restaurant Egoiste – Stockholm

Cafe Egoiste – Stockholm

Mood Gallery (top floor)

+46 8-411 32 10

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0700-2000, Sat 0900-1800 and Sun 1000-1700

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Restaurant Egoiste Entrance

On the top floor in the shopping center MOOD Stockholm, you will find Cafe Egoiste, a cafe / bistro serving everything from self-produced wares to a menu containing the best from France, inspired by its former Asian colonies. A visit to the cafe Egoiste is like a mini vacation to Paris, an opportunity for good food, coffee and pastries in a small oasis in the big city.

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Lunch menu

Café Egoiste is the sister cafe to Cafe Saturnus but serves more food like dishes. Café Egoiste opens already at 7 on weekday morning with breakfast, then continues with a lunch which is changed every day and ends with bistro dishes, salads, and sandwiches until closing 20:00. On weekends, breakfast is served from breakfast then turns into a very popular brunch served between 12 and 17:30. Not the cheapest place around, but well worth your money spent.

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View from the business lounge

The need for meetings and conferences in central Stockholm will always be big and Cafe Egoiste contribute to this with a ‘Business Lounge’ which is bookable for up to 14 people at a fee of 1000 SEK.

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Business lounge

On the terrace there are also two tree houses that can accommodate eight people each, those booked through MOOD Stockholm Consiergesservice. Looks pretty cool.

The restaurant area is complemented by an ”terrace” that has a champagne club/bar which is run by none other than champagne expert Richard Juhlin .

Stockholm – Cafe Saturnus

Cafe Saturnus

Tel +46 8-611 77 00

Eriksbergsgatan 6

Opening Hours: Mon-fri lunch 08-20, Sat & Sun 09-19

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Cafe Saturnus is a popular cafe and restaurant located on Östermalm in central Stockholm. In the relaxed environment you will be served deluxe simple but tasty café food . The premises , in which one finds everything from dedicated regulars to curious tourists and very famous people like Roger Federer and Princess Madeleine with her husband Chris!

They all contribute together with the staff to a genuine atmosphere inspired by France – in the mornings there will be loud french music like for example  Edith Piaff in the cafe.

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Currently ranked as the 54th best restaurant/cafe of over 2000 in Stockholm by users on the Tripadvisor. The large cinnamon rolls are especially well-known in Stockholm, where they become something of a classic among locals. Also their Banoffe Pie is awesome!

Cafe Saturn is owned and operated by Christina and Christos Pispas who took over the business after the previous owners in 2003. They are often seen in the kitchen (Christina) and talking to customers in the cafe (Christos)

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To get in the right mood in the morning, stop by for a double espresso macchiato, read the papers and enjoy the french music. You will not be disappointed!

Stockholm – Mattias Dahlgren Matbaren

Mattias Dahlgren Matbaren

Tel +46 8 679 35 84

Södra Blasieholmshamnen 6 (next to Grand hotel)

Opening Hours: Mon-fri lunch 12-14, dinner 18-24

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Back in Sweden I had lunch at the awesome Mattias Dahlgren – Matbaren which is the ”budget” version of his two restaurants situated on Blasieholmen next to the famous Grand Hotel with a fantastic view over the Royal Castle.

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Matbaren is described on their webpage as a ”modern bistro” with the cuisine based on using the best fresh products available. At Matbaren all dishes come ”medium-sized” and they should be ordered like tapas i.e not all at once. For lunch, one might be enough, but for dinner you probably want two or even three. All come recommended with a choice or wine or beer

image2From the ”lunchexpress” menu we tried both the Cocette with matjeherring & fresh potatoes….its was displayed like a piece of art!…

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…and Open sandwich with charcoal grilled lamb

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Ok, maybe not express serving but the quality of the dished and the display (as can be seen) top notch!

If the lunchexpress menu feels a bit ”too narrow” there is also the more extensive a la carte menu of course.

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Unlike most of the very urban professional guest of all ages, we skipped wine and beer for lunch and instead splurged on the dessert menu

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Owen baked bolivian chocolate with chocolate cake and…

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…pakistani mango with mint sorbet.

Needles to say they were both fantastic and made a perfect ending to a long lunch.

Its not cheap, but anyway worth every penny. So go here if you want to show your international client what Swedish cooking is really all about.

Slakthuset – Stockholm

”Slakthuset” is to open its roof terrace

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On Wednesday, June 24 Slakthuset (the slaughter house in english) in the area of Stockholm Globe Arena and TELE2 Arena, is opening is new roof terrace . The huge terrace , which measures  600 square meters (!) will be open Wed- Fri 17-03 and Sat-Sun 14-03 . On the roof there are two whirlpools , showers and sun loungers. It will of course also be served food and drink , and be a DJ booth .

 

Hakkasan – Shanghai

Hakkasan

5F,No.18 Zhongshan East 1st Road, Huangpu District (The bund)

+86 21 6321 5888

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Hakkasan is the shanghai version of the brand started in London by entrepreneur Alan Yau, who also created the hugely successful Wagamama chain of noodle restaurants in the UK.

Although it sounds asian, Hakkasan Shanghai is its first outlet in China, bringing the British Chinese food brand to China (!)

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Fantastic dining experience of experimental great food and service. Located in an old Bund building and if you are lucky you get a table with a view over the river and the Pudong Skyscrapes. Food is typical fusion and experience is absolutely impeccable. All cooked to perfection, would particularly recommend bird’s nest dishes which might sound weird but in fact a true delicates in Asia and is sold for USD 2500/kilo on the market!

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The restaurant is well worth its Michelin status but maybe the most striking feature is the space itself. It’s beautifully appointed with dim lights and intricate wooden screens which create cozy little alcoves.

IMG_1001The restaurant’s mixologists are charged with making “fresh and eclectic” cocktails using fresh ingredients, homemade purees, foams, fruits, herbs and spices that pay a modern homage to Asian flavors.

Its a truly a unique experience!

Paris – Dessance

Restaurant Dessance

Tel: +33 1 42 77 23 62

74 Rue des Archives

Opening Hours: Nonstop from noon (2pm Wednesday and Thursday) to 11pm (11:30pm Friday and Saturday). Closed Monday and Tuesday.

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Situated in the northern part of the Marais district – Restaurant Dessance – a neologism that combines ”dessert” with the french word for birth (nuissance) is what gave this restaurant its name. It certainly give this modern looking restaurant a very special touch with focus on what you eat after your main course i.e. dessert!

The creator Philip Baranes wanted a restaurant that rethought the conventions of a meal. The menu at Dessance doesn’t run toward the pastries, cakes and tarts that a desserts-only concept might imply, but rather offers a small but intriguing collection of dishes that can be eaten as both desserts and main courses

To make this come true, Baranes recruited the talented young chef Christophe Boucher (pic below), who had previously worked at the edgy Aux Mare des Oiseaux auberge near La Baule and Restaurant Ledoyen and Le Grand Vefour in Paris, to create the menu.2Dessance_Boucher©Felix_VigBucher created dishes that weren’t to much based on sugar and instead he worked with fruits, vegetables and fresh herbs to create fantastic flavors. The audience seems to love it since it has received great reviews and are rated among top 5% of restaurants on Tripadvisor in Paris.d196c2432f0c9d302c383f936c9b2a9b   If you want ”the full monty” experience then order the “Carte Blanche” menu — which includes an appetizer, four desserts and tiny confections  and the drink pairings, in which wine, fruit juice, tea, coffees and even whiskey ) are offered with each course.46ca476d4813c8838bb5ba2c02a11b95From my point of view, Dessance is just as propriate for a long lunch (business or private) as for dinner. Go here if you want to try something new, energizing and fresh…if McDonalds or Pizza Hut is your favorite dinner ”crib”….well don’t go.

Paris – Breizh Cafe

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www.breizhcafe.com

109 rue Vieille du Temple (Marais)

+31142721377

This place has its origins in Brittany (Cancale) where the owner Bretrand Larcher comes from. He has brought the best ideas of how to run a creperie (serving buckwheat Galettes) with him to the capital and since it is rated among the top 10% of restaurants in Paris (on trip advisor) Breizh on tripadvisor, he has succeeded! Open both for lunch and dinner. The restaurant has seats inside and outside (come early as the waiting list gets full…)IMG_0502The choice of fillings has great quality including the dessert crepes, add to this a choice of 15 artisanal ciders – you will understand this is a world away from the average crêperie.IMG_0504 Vendangeure – Bluecheese, honey, pine nuts, grapes and green salladIMG_0503 Basquaise – egg sunny side up, creme fruit, white asparagus, tomatoes and smoked duck breastIMG_0506Chef working hard

Next door to the restaurant is Breizh Café Epicerie, selling high-quality specialty foods from Brittanybreizh_cafe_livre_recettes_bertrand_larcher

 

 

Paris – Claude Colliot

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www.claudecolliot.com

40 Rue des Blancs-Manteaux (Marais, Paris)

Tel +33 1 42 71 55 45

Great little restaurant on a quiet street in the heart of Marais. Run by chef Claude Colliot (cooked for Sofia Coppola during the filming of Marie Antoinette and made a birthday cake for Tarantino). Cotillard, Canet and DiCaprio are crazy about him… The restaurant has a modern somewhat eco design – all with a warm sober feeling. Staff doesn’t show off, but are very knowledgable about the menu and the wine list! Best advise is to go for the 4 course menus €62 or 7 course menu €79.

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