Etikettarkiv: Bar

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!

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.

 

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.

image2[3]Swedish toast with shrimps, smoked salmon, apple & horseradish

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 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.

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 Bockholmen – Danderyd/Stockholm Rating – 8,5/10

Restaurant Bockholmen

Bockholmenvägen (over the bridge)

Tel: +46 8 624 22 00

Opening hours: Lunch Mon-Fri 11.30–1600 Dinner 1700-2300 every day

Bockholmen is situated just in the beginning of the Swedish archipelago with just a subway ride away (Bergshamra). The island’s restaurant offers a small but ambitious menu that leaves you wanting more . The food along with leafy location and the friendly care makes Restaurant Bockholmen a place to return to .

The house that today is Bockholmen Hav & Restaurang is called “The yellow villa”. It was built at the end of the 17th century as one of many merchant houses, that is spectacular summer houses för wealthy people from Stockholm whom made a fortune during the start of the industrialisation.

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The restaurant area is really divided up into two restaurants. The more upmarket Bockholmen restaurant but also the lovely more low key casual ”kärleksbaren” with is located right by the sea and has a more simpler BBQ menu

We decided to have dinner in the lovely evening sun at the ”real” restaurant. This turned out to be an excellent choice.

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Smoked salmon with dill, crème of “präst” cheese and aquavit spices, cured cucumber, trout roe, braised butter with crayfish reduction and horseradish – Rating 9/10
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Fish of the day – Rating 8/10

Guests are a mixed clientele of the elegant upper middle class , possibly from the neighboring municipalities , and the atmosphere is calm and relaxed. It’s easy to feel welcome among the lush flower pots , especially as the servicing is friendly and cool, while being knowledgeable and helpful.

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Steamed Arctic char with seasonal vegetables, smoked mussels, trout roe, leek crème and crayfish sauce – Rating 9/10

Restaurant Långa Raden – Stockholm

Restaurant Långa Raden (Hotell Skeppsholmen)

Gröna gången 1 (Skeppsholmen)

Tel: +46 8  407 23 05

Opening hours (Lunch/Dinner): Mon-Fri 1130-2200, Sat 1200-2200, Sund 1200-2200

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The two buildings that form Långa Raden (the long row) was collectively built in 1699-1702 to accommodate the 200 bodyguards of King Charles XII.  As Charles spent most of his regency on the battlefields, however, neither building was used for the original purpose, serving instead to house the poor and homeless.

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With in fantastic setting (inside Hotell Skeppsholmen) It feels as if we are on an island in the Stockholm archipelago , but in fact, we are on an island in the middle of Stockholm. The feeling of tranquility and seclusion characterize Restaurant Långa Raden (translated – the long row). It is open all year, but of course summertime with its big outside terrace and possibilities for children to play in the garden, has its clear advantages.

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The interior concept with Scandinavian minimalism  runs even through the menu. Here classics like meatballs and Kalixlöjrom (Roe) and shrimp sallad is a given place, although all have been given a modern twist.

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Shrimp salad with dill flavoured wheat and Nobis dressing

The combination of ingredients and seasonings are sometimes surprising but the menu is short but well thought out and has a clear Swedish touch without being dogmatic.

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Steamed cod with creamy butter sauce, grated horseradish, summer cabbage and shrimps
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Thin slices of spice grilled ox with fennel, fried button mushrooms, capers, wild garlic mayonnaise and roasted hazelnuts

 

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

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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.

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 – 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.