Address: Marstrand, an Island ca 50 min north from Gothenburg.
The Cod was absolutely perfect and the vegetables fitted well.
Address: Marstrand, an Island ca 50 min north from Gothenburg.
The Cod was absolutely perfect and the vegetables fitted well.
Address: Vasaplatsen 3
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.
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.
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
As a starter I recommend the oysters just out of the waters from the swedish west coast
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We decided to have dinner in the lovely evening sun at the ”real” restaurant. This turned out to be an excellent choice.
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.
26 rue Gambetta (close to Les halles)
Tel: 05 35 46 68 92 – Reservation needed
Opening hours: Dinner 2000-late
The restaurant have around 20 seats in around 20 Sqm with simple and functional decoration (menu is on the wall, no printed menus). It opens (for first seating) at 8pm and the restaurant soon filled and the atmosphere was fantastic with everyone really enjoying the conviviality.
The chef was absolutely amazing (watching him select, weigh up, marinate and arrange the meat on the grill was pure theatre). He worked hard and alone, and fair price for the meat and the work.
The meat was first grilled on the higher level for about 15 -20 mins. then on to the lower level and to char it to perfection. It was well cooked and served with yummy juicy serve with their own mango cause. All escorted by a simple green salad and sweet potato frites
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.
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.
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
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.
When we came to dessert, we were to full 🙂 to pick …but wanted to have the chocolate fondant that was superyummy!
On the whole a fantastic experience and we can’t wait to go back. Thank you Julien Ospital / Fabien Ospital for a great evening!
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 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.
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).
According to the designer the interior should feel somewhat Scandinavian, or Basque-Scandinavian.
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 🙂
Urb. Los Flamingos Golf – Ctra. de Cádiz, Km. 166. 29679 Marbella
Tel: +34 902 200 676
Opening hours: Everyday 2000-2300
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.
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.
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.
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.
Casanis Bistrot Restaurant
Calle Ancha 8 – Casco Antiguo (Old town), Marbella
Opening hours: Every day 9.30am to midnight
Tel: +952 900 450
Casinos Bistrot Restaurant was founded ten years ago by Belgium owner Guy Sirre, 45, who arrived in Marbella via a career straddling Michelin-starred restaurants in France, London and San Francisco. Tucked away down the old streets, Casanis Bistrot is a real find. Set in a typical Andalucian townhouse – based around an evocative patio – there is a very distinct ambience at work. It has a happy atmosphear and really pleasant and helpful wait staff add to this a wide selection of food on the menu and a good set of specials this restaurant won’t disappoint.
The ground floor comprises a nice dining area (inside and outside) but it also (especially for the winter) has an upper area a place to get away with a roaring fireplace and the ambience of a tropical jungle (!)
I found the food to be excellent. Casanis is famous for their Moules Marinieres and Beef Wellington. The menu can be described as bistro-style food made for market-fresh products and it comes with French/Belgian influences.
Some favorites on the menu were Vietnamese Nems (a type of spring roll) served with mint, coriander and nuoc-nam dipping sauce; spicy tuna tartar with a velouté of squash but we also loved the Red mullet (see above) and seared red tuna served with asparagus and potatoes; a ragout of fish with prawns, scallops, monkfish and a lobster bisque; lamb shank served with green beens, shallots and potatoes; and the popular guinea fowl stuffed with foie gras served with spinach and celeriac and potato mash
Current head chefs are Franco Francescini and Fabian Cangas. You can watch me ”do their thing”…since there is a TV screen outside the restaurant showing the hectic work in the kitchen (!)
If you get really interested….I found this 15min presentation video on youtube
Gröna gången 1 (Skeppsholmen)
Tel: +46 8 407 23 05
Opening hours (Lunch/Dinner): Mon-Fri 1130-2200, Sat 1200-2200, Sund 1200-2200
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tel: +46 8 696 23 23
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 1800-2300 (two seatings)
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.
From the menu we are suggested to pick 4-5 starters and one of mail courses. This was enough for two persons.
The Restaurant is based in an old 19th century Spa and the environment and quietly attentive staff give a relaxing serenity.
Last year Esperanto shared the award for best restaurant in Sweden. As the name suggests, it finds inspiration in food cultures worldwide.
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
Tel:+46 8 510 254 00
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.
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)
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)
Yolo is a fine dining restaurant in relaxed surroundings, it has a ”at home” feeling about it with a Svenskt Tenn touch.
Overall I’m impressed by Yolos brilliant craftsmanship , excellent flavor combinations and total solfège regarding empathetic service.
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 .
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
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.
Mood Gallery (top floor)
+46 8-411 32 10
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0700-2000, Sat 0900-1800 and Sun 1000-1700
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.
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.
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.
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 .