Address: Marstrand, an Island ca 50 min north from Gothenburg.
The Cod was absolutely perfect and the vegetables fitted well.
Address: Marstrand, an Island ca 50 min north from Gothenburg.
The Cod was absolutely perfect and the vegetables fitted well.
Address: Vasaplatsen 3
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.
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.
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
As a starter I recommend the oysters just out of the waters from the swedish west coast
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
44 Barnsbury St | Islington, London 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
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.
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.
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!
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
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 .
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).
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 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.
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.
Tullhus 2 – Skeppsbrokajen
Tel: +46 8 20 20 95
Opening hours: Everyday 1100-0100
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.
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.
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.
We decided to have dinner in the lovely evening sun at the ”real” restaurant. This turned out to be an excellent choice.
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.
26 rue Gambetta (close to Les halles)
Tel: 05 35 46 68 92 – Reservation needed
Opening hours: Dinner 2000-late
The restaurant have around 20 seats in around 20 Sqm with simple and functional decoration (menu is on the wall, no printed menus). It opens (for first seating) at 8pm and the restaurant soon filled and the atmosphere was fantastic with everyone really enjoying the conviviality.
The chef was absolutely amazing (watching him select, weigh up, marinate and arrange the meat on the grill was pure theatre). He worked hard and alone, and fair price for the meat and the work.
The meat was first grilled on the higher level for about 15 -20 mins. then on to the lower level and to char it to perfection. It was well cooked and served with yummy juicy serve with their own mango cause. All escorted by a simple green salad and sweet potato frites
Calle del General Arnao, 4, 20808 Getaria (6km from San Sebastian)
Tel: 943 140 500
Opening hours: From 20.30 daily
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).
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.
Both restaurants are owned by Igor Arregi, the grandson of the founders of the restaurant.
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.
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).
Camino de Igara, 33 – 20018 San Sebastian – Donostia Gipuzkoa
Tel: + 34 943 227 971
Opening Hours: Lunch Daily & Dinner Daily 20.30–23.30
San Sebastian is well known for being the worlds second most dense city after Tokyo when it comes to number of Michelin star restaurants. The city is also hosting a big number of restaurants without stars but worth a visit and Eme Be Garrote is one of those.
Eme Be Garrote is the brand new restaurant in San Sebastián by the very famous chef Martín Berasategui, located just north of San Sebastian (10 min with a taxi) in an rebuilt old cider house – Urkiola – which has been producing cider for over 100 years . Here Mr Berasategui has created a ccontemporary “euskandinavo” style restaurant with very attractive prices.
The menu that Martín Berasategui offers us at his latest restaurant takes its inspiration from traditional, local ingredients, but with a haute cuisine twist. While more expensive than any average sidrería or restaurant in San Sebastian, the prices are not exorbitant, and are justified by the inventive and well thought-out menu.
A set menu is available for €48, although to be perfectly honest it’s not all that worthwhile, not because of the price, but simply because for the same amount you can create a menu to suit your own preferences by ordering à la carte (we did).
According to the designer the interior should feel somewhat Scandinavian, or Basque-Scandinavian.
OK, it isn’t cheap, but if you want to enjoy Martin Berasategui cuisine and can’t afford the ”real” restaurant – Martin Berasategui (situated 9km out of the city) enjoy a special lunch or dinner and you want to try something new, Eme Be could be the perfect choice.
Here is a small film about the restaurant with Martin Berastegui (shows the venue…even though its a commercial film for owens 🙂
Casanis Bistrot Restaurant
Calle Ancha 8 – Casco Antiguo (Old town), Marbella
Opening hours: Every day 9.30am to midnight
Tel: +952 900 450
Casinos Bistrot Restaurant was founded ten years ago by Belgium owner Guy Sirre, 45, who arrived in Marbella via a career straddling Michelin-starred restaurants in France, London and San Francisco. Tucked away down the old streets, Casanis Bistrot is a real find. Set in a typical Andalucian townhouse – based around an evocative patio – there is a very distinct ambience at work. It has a happy atmosphear and really pleasant and helpful wait staff add to this a wide selection of food on the menu and a good set of specials this restaurant won’t disappoint.
The ground floor comprises a nice dining area (inside and outside) but it also (especially for the winter) has an upper area a place to get away with a roaring fireplace and the ambience of a tropical jungle (!)
I found the food to be excellent. Casanis is famous for their Moules Marinieres and Beef Wellington. The menu can be described as bistro-style food made for market-fresh products and it comes with French/Belgian influences.
Some favorites on the menu were Vietnamese Nems (a type of spring roll) served with mint, coriander and nuoc-nam dipping sauce; spicy tuna tartar with a velouté of squash but we also loved the Red mullet (see above) and seared red tuna served with asparagus and potatoes; a ragout of fish with prawns, scallops, monkfish and a lobster bisque; lamb shank served with green beens, shallots and potatoes; and the popular guinea fowl stuffed with foie gras served with spinach and celeriac and potato mash
Current head chefs are Franco Francescini and Fabian Cangas. You can watch me ”do their thing”…since there is a TV screen outside the restaurant showing the hectic work in the kitchen (!)
If you get really interested….I found this 15min presentation video on youtube
Gröna gången 1 (Skeppsholmen)
Tel: +46 8 407 23 05
Opening hours (Lunch/Dinner): Mon-Fri 1130-2200, Sat 1200-2200, Sund 1200-2200
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tel: +46 8 696 23 23
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 1800-2300 (two seatings)
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.
From the menu we are suggested to pick 4-5 starters and one of mail courses. This was enough for two persons.
The Restaurant is based in an old 19th century Spa and the environment and quietly attentive staff give a relaxing serenity.
Last year Esperanto shared the award for best restaurant in Sweden. As the name suggests, it finds inspiration in food cultures worldwide.
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