Etikettarkiv: Coffee

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.

 

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 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).

Eme Be Garrote – San Sebastian (Spain)

Eme Be Garotte

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 Garotte is located in an old cider house
Eme Be Garotte is located in an old cider house

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.

Fantastic menu that offers whole or half portions
Fantastic menu that offers whole or half portions

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).

The interior design is robust and the designer has kept the old Cider barells (to the left of the picture)
The interior design is robust and the designer has kept the old Cider barells (to the left of the picture) Huge wicker baskets hanging from the ceiling act as lights

According to the designer the interior should feel somewhat Scandinavian, or Basque-Scandinavian.

Chefs choice starter - a mushroom soup service with different vegetables served in tin cans
Chefs choice starter – a mushroom soup service with different vegetables served in tin cans
Poached eggs, bathed in a broth of iberian ham and crunchy bread
Poached eggs, bathed in a broth of iberian ham and crunchy bread
Grilled chop cow with special potato pure
Grilled chop cow with special potatoe pure
Fish soup with hake, prawns and clams
Fish soup with hake, prawns and clams
Callos (cow stomach) traditional way
Callos (cow stomach) traditional way
Chocolate soufflé with vanilla ice cream and cocoa pearls
Chocolate soufflé with vanilla ice cream and cocoa pearls
Cheese Cake trembling, broken biscuit, red fruit jam and cream crackers
Cheese Cake trembling, broken biscuit, red fruit jam and cream crackers

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 🙂

 

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

 

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!