Etikettarkiv: Summer

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 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 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 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).

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 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 – 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!

Slakthuset – Stockholm

”Slakthuset” is to open its roof terrace

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On Wednesday, June 24 Slakthuset (the slaughter house in english) in the area of Stockholm Globe Arena and TELE2 Arena, is opening is new roof terrace . The huge terrace , which measures  600 square meters (!) will be open Wed- Fri 17-03 and Sat-Sun 14-03 . On the roof there are two whirlpools , showers and sun loungers. It will of course also be served food and drink , and be a DJ booth .