Etikettarkiv: flavors

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!

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 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 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

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!

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.

 

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.

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.