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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.

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!

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 🙂

 

Le Veranda (Villa Padierna) – Marbella

Le Veranda

Urb. Los Flamingos Golf – Ctra. de Cádiz, Km. 166. 29679 Marbella

Tel: +34 902 200 676

Opening hours: Everyday 2000-2300

Le Veranda Restaurant
Le Veranda Restaurant

Located some 3km above the waterline between Marbella and Estepona, this restaurant (hotel) is well worth the trip. Beautiful setting under the hanging vines as the sun set. On the day we were there is was 36 degrees but felt nice in the shadow of the trees.

Apparently the first lady – Michelle Obama stayed at the hotel in 2012.

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Menu

The location of the veranda at the rear of the hotel, offers a secluded and intimate atmosphere; the tables are given plenty of space, and the overhanging vines enhance the general feeling of a Mediterranean courtyard style.

Menu II
Menu II

The Veranda is one of several restaurants, but with the highest ambitions. It has Michelin quality food served by attentive waiting staff (also reflected in the price…) but if you want very high quality food this is the place to go.

Gazpacho Cold Cream Soup
Gazpacho Cold Cream Soup
Weakfish Carpaccio filled with avocado, shrimps and salmon
Weakfish Carpaccio filled with avocado, shrimps and salmon
Chef's choice starter - Salmon with orange consommé
Chef’s choice starter – Salmon with orange consommé
Sirloin Beef Tartar "La Veranda"
Sirloin Beef Tartar ”La Veranda”

We are thankful to Cristobal Gómez for a wonderful food experience. If you dine in La Veranda, it could be one of the best meals you will ever have. And the service is excellent, just like it should be in a five star hotel.

 

 

 

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 YOLO – Stockholm (Djursholm)

Restaurant YOLO

Vendevägen 14 Djursholm (11km north of Stockholm)

Tel: +46 8 755 02 00

OPENING HOURS: Tue – wed: 11.30-23.00, Thu – fri: 11.30-24.00, Sat: 13.30 – 24.00 (closed 5th of July — 3rd of August)

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Menu Yolo

You only live once (YOLO) opened in august 2014 and has become one of the most appreciated restaurant in Djursholm. Situated on a restaurant ”busy” street (where you will also find La Piazza and Monrad’s. Top restaurateur Jonas Lundgren ( silver medalist in the chef world championships in 2009 and with its own restaurant Jonas on Kungsholmen) created the menu but are not seen in the kitchen so often. That is not negative in any way. In the Kitchen you will findchefs Danny Falkeman and Jonas Lagerström as boss of the daily work. Owner of the restaurant in Danderyd personality Sara Korduner Izosimov (read her blog)

Kyckling i variation
Chicken from Ljungby with variation of carrot

Yolo is a fine dining restaurant in relaxed surroundings, it has a ”at home” feeling about it with a Svenskt Tenn touch.

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White asparagus salad with butter sauce flavored with grilled mussels, scallop & Spanish almonds

Overall I’m impressed by Yolos brilliant craftsmanship , excellent flavor combinations and total solfège regarding empathetic service.

Yolos Beef tartar
Yolos Beef tartar

Yolo will offer lunch and dinner , and weekend brunch . Raw materials (with focus on swedish eco friendly food) are chosen with care and the menu is replaced frequently .

Vanilla Icecream
Vanilla Icecream

 

 

 

 

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.

Hakkasan – Shanghai

Hakkasan

5F,No.18 Zhongshan East 1st Road, Huangpu District (The bund)

+86 21 6321 5888

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Hakkasan is the shanghai version of the brand started in London by entrepreneur Alan Yau, who also created the hugely successful Wagamama chain of noodle restaurants in the UK.

Although it sounds asian, Hakkasan Shanghai is its first outlet in China, bringing the British Chinese food brand to China (!)

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Fantastic dining experience of experimental great food and service. Located in an old Bund building and if you are lucky you get a table with a view over the river and the Pudong Skyscrapes. Food is typical fusion and experience is absolutely impeccable. All cooked to perfection, would particularly recommend bird’s nest dishes which might sound weird but in fact a true delicates in Asia and is sold for USD 2500/kilo on the market!

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The restaurant is well worth its Michelin status but maybe the most striking feature is the space itself. It’s beautifully appointed with dim lights and intricate wooden screens which create cozy little alcoves.

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Its a truly a unique experience!

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.