Etikettarkiv: appetizer

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 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 .

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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 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.

Restaurant Chez Ospi – Biarritz (France) – Rating 8,25/10

Restaurant Chez Ospi

6, rue Jean Bart Biarritz

Tel: 05 59 24 64 98

Opening hours: Lunch from 1200 and Dinner from 1930

In a small street in the city centre, this neighbourhood bistro proves to be Fantastic. Two brothers work alongside each other in the kitchen, creating lovely market-based dishes while keeping the spotlight firmly on Basque products.

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Chez Ospi is located in a small side street a few blocks from the busy tourist area

We had an absolut fantastic evening at Chez Ospi. The service was very professional but also warm and very welcoming. The restaurant seemed to be very popular both among locals and with tourist as it was a mixed crowd.

Starters
Starters

It was not easy to chose the starters, but we went for the Fois Grais (since you almost have to eat this i France) and the Ravioli with crab. Both were excellent

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Main Course

From the mains we had sea beam (very good) and the turbot filet (maybe best ever had) and the beef tournedos which also were good with out any taste sensation.

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Dessert

When we came to dessert, we were to full 🙂 to pick …but wanted to have the chocolate fondant that was superyummy!

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Ravioli of crab Txanguro, bisque emulsion – Rating 8,5/10
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Duck foie gras with peaches lavender honey – Rating 8/10
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Turbot filet, broad bean, summer truffles – Rating 9/10
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Beef tournedos, potatoes, parsley, horseradish foam and peper sause – Rating 8,5/10
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Chocolate fondant Nutella + pearls du Japon and foam of milk in the vanilla – Rating 7/10

On the whole a fantastic experience and we can’t wait to go back. Thank you Julien Ospital / Fabien Ospital for a great evening!

Restaurant Kaia Kaipe (San Sebastian) – Rating 7/10

Restaurant Kaia Kaipe

Calle del General Arnao, 4, 20808 Getaria (6km from San Sebastian)

Tel: 943 140 500

Opening hours: From 20.30 daily

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Fantastic view over the small Getaria harbour

Kaia Kaipe was founded in 1962, specialising in seafood dishes as befits its coastal location around 25 km west of San Sebastian. It is well worth the trips since the trip is fantastic and on the way there you pass one of the more beautiful beaches in northern Spain. When you arrived you will find the small village of Getaria (where actually  Cristobal Balenziaga was born) to be a ”cosy” place.

Our expectations were high since highly regarded that the 3-star Michelin chef Martín Berasategui has been seen here with his family!

Kaia Kape is located right down in the harbour full of life from locals having a drink at the square.  The restaurant is divided into two where Kaia is the upstairs venue (inside) and Kape (downstairs) is an outdoor terrace (“kaia” means “port” and “kaipe” means “below the port”). We didn’t know this and was seated upstairs which was a shame…(even though the interior with is ship design was interesting).

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The main focus of the menu is of course seafood

The turbot was the best dish of the whole evening, perfectly cooked with its flavour enhanced by a gentle smoky hint from the charcoal grill. We shared a 1,35kg fish which wasn’t cheap (at 85E) but priceworthy nonetheless.

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The restaurant has an outdoor seating downstairs and indoor seating upstairs

Both restaurants are owned by Igor Arregi, the grandson of the founders of the restaurant.

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Chefs choice – fresh tuna marinated in lemon sauce – Rating 6,5/10
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Langoustine a la romaine – Rating 7/10

Fresh seawater is pumped into tanks which houses all the produce. so when you order a lobster or langoustine it is chosen from the tanks and it is cooked to order and served. Very impressive.

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Millefeux with raspberry – Rating 8/10

The cooking is very simple, with few garnishes or sauces, just great fish. There is a massive and very generously priced wine list too.

One the whole it was a great night, but the seating upstairs felt a bit…boring and maybe the quality of the food wasn’t enough to justify the prices (and least not compared to the other meals enjoyed in the Basque Country).

Restaurant Esperanto – French Table – Stockholm

Restaurant Esperanto – French Summer Salon

Kungstensgatan 2

Tel: +46 8 696 23 23

Opening hours: Tue-Sat 1800-2300 (two seatings)

Outside Restaurant Esperanto
Outside Restaurant Esperanto

Esperantos dining room is on ”summer holiday” and instead the owners has opened a French Summer Salon with focus as always on respect and availability of raw material, animal nature and this year with a french touch of food and wine. All guest are seated around one large marble table with 16 guests welcome per seating.

It is a truly fantastic dining experience – well worth its Michelin Guide star!

Esperanto restaurant opened its doors in November 2005. It is run by the former member of the Swedish Culinary Team Sayan Isaksson. Restaurant manager: Sara Kalin. Sommelier: Soren Polonious. The name Esperanto is apparently taken from the  book ”The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho.

The Menu at Esperanto French Summertable
The Menu at Esperanto French Salon

From the menu we are suggested to pick 4-5 starters and one of mail courses. This was enough for two persons.

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Steak tartar with oyster emulsion

The Restaurant is based in an old 19th century Spa and the environment and quietly attentive staff give a relaxing serenity.

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Last year Esperanto shared the award for best restaurant in Sweden. As the name suggests, it finds inspiration in food cultures worldwide.

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Galette de Couchettes
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Duck egg with green soup and roe
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Brioche with fromage blanc
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Boeuf Grille with haricot vert

The Boeuf that came after the first four awesome starters…..was maybe the best we have ever eaten!

Even though it was a +29 degree evening and the restaurant has no outside seats, but with the open windows it was a ”must go again” experience highly recommended

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 .

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.