Etikettarkiv: modern

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!

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 Hjerta – Stockholm (Sweden) – Rating 8/10

Restaurant Hjerta

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

Malin Söderström

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 .

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I had a perfectly smoked Atlantic Cod with chicory potatoes

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).

Famous "Ship" pizza
Famous ”Ship” pizza

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 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 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 🙂

 

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 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 Burgers & Lobster – Stockholm

Burger & Lobster

Norrlandsgatan 33

Tel:+46 8 510 254 00

Restaurant Burgers & Lobster
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.

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)

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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