White Guide loves Stockholm

Swedens two best restaurants are both based in Stockholm according to the renowned White Guide: Frantzén/Lindeberg in Old Town and Oaxen Krog in the archipelago in Stockholm. 11 restaurant won the international world class category, 8 of them are based in Stockholm:

Lux Stockholm
 (opens again in april) 
Mathias Dahlgren Matsalen
Oaxen Krog

Operakällaren won the award for best wine-experience, Mathias Dahlgren Matbaren for best service, Pontus! for best coffee, Best bars are Guldbaren at Nobis Hotel and MarieLaveau/Little quarter and the restaurant close to the jurys heart was Sturehof.

Photo: Erik Olsson/Mistral

Semlor on Fat Tuesday

The semla is to be eaten on Fat Tuesday (that is today), but why only once a year? Almost as soon as christmas is over Swedes starts eating whipped cream buns, named Semla. Five Semlor (thats the name) per person is the average number of Semla-buns that a swede eat every year. If you are in Stockholm today you must try it.

Here are my recommendations, one from every district of the city:
Vetekatten, Kungsgatan 55, City
Xoko, Rörstrandsgatan 15, Vasastan
Gunnarsons Specialkonditori, Götgatan 92, Södermalm
Tössebageriet, Karlavägen 77, Östermalm

Read more about the semla tradition on Sweden.se
Photo: marie-louise johansson/imagebank sweden

AG has reopened

AG Restaurant & Bar
 (formerly nowned as Allmänna Galleriet 925) has changed owners and look. From industrial afterwork place to a chic steakhouse with interior design by Jonas Bohlin, who also has done Riche and Sturehof in the exclusive Östermalm district. 

Photo: www.artedition.se -  a webb gallery for photography. You can buy original photos and signed photo books by swedish photographers as Denise Grünstein, Lars Tunbjörk, Hans Gedda etc

Mathias Dahlgren Matsalen chosen Best nordic restaurant

Mathias Dahlgren Matsalen in Stockholm has been chosen the "The Nordic Prize 2010" by the Danish Spiseguiden in collaboration with gastronomic experts from the five nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland)

"Oaxen" moves to the city of Stockholm

Oaxen Krog
is one of Swedens best restaurants, recognized all over the world. The restaurant is situated on an island on one of the 30 000 islands in the Stockholm archipelago.

Magnus Ek and Agneta Green has now decided on a new location for their new gourmet restaurant - The warf area (Djurgårdsvarvet) on the island of Djurgården in central Stockholm, just behind Gröna Lund. The restaurant will consist of a fine dining restaurant with around 40 seats and a more casual restaurant of 60 seats.

The new restaurant has no name yet, but will open in spring of 2012. The Oaxen Krog will close in the autumn of 2011.

Magnus Ek and Agneta Green has owned Oaxen Krog on Hölö south of Södertälje in 17 years and has been recognized in "The World's 50 Best Restaurants" and repeatedly been named the best restaurant in the Swedish restaurant guide White Guide


Best places in Stockholm

Which are the best restaurants, bars and cafees in Stockholm? Dagens Nyheter newspaper have now finaly released the nominees of Gulddraken-awards (The Golden dragon) for restaurants, bars and cafees. Here are all the nominations:

Best budget restaurants
Thang Long Pho, Upplandsgatan 51, Vasastan (Vietnamese)
Råkultur, Kungstensgatan 2, Östermalm/Vasastan (sushi)
Indian Garden Heleneborgsgatan 15 A, Södermalm (indian)

Best mid-price restaurants
Brasseri Godot, Grev Turegatan 36, Östermalm (French kitchen with a twist)
Hjerta, Slupskjulsvägen 28, Skeppsholmen (Scandinavian interpretation of southern European cooking)
Pubologi, Stora Nygatan 20, Gamla Stan (Gastro-pub)

Best Luxury restaurant
Lux Stockholm, Primusgatan 116 (contemporary swedish, which unfortunately is temporarily closed due to a fire)
Operakällaren, Karl XII:s Torg, City (Classic)
Mathias Dahlgren, Matsalen Grand Hôtel, Södra Blaiseholmshamnen 6, City (contemporary swedish)

Best bars
Little Quarter/Marie Laveau, Hornsgatan 66, Södermalm
Kåken/Restaurang 1900, Regeringsgatan 66, City
19 Glas, Stora Nygatan 19, Gamla Stan

Best Cafees
Carotte, Tegeluddsvägen 92, Frihamnen/Gärdet
Mellqvist Kaffebar, Rörstrandsgatan 4, Vasastan
Le Petite France, John Ericssongatan 6, Kungsholmen

Photo: Yanan Li

New York Times on delicious Stockholm cafees

"Swedes are among the world’s most keen and discerning coffee drinkers. They also have a sweet tooth. One of the first Swedish words any new visitor learns is fika, which means a coffee break, usually enjoyed with a little cake or pastry", writes Stephen Whitlock in NY Times and lists his favorite cafees in Stockholm. Here are his favorite places for a delicious dessert in Stockholm:

Cupcake Sthlm, Sankt Eriksgatan 83, Vasastan
Xoko, Rörstrandsgatan 15, Vasastan
Petite France, John Ericssonsgatan 6, Kungsholmen

POCK - Per Olsson Choklad & Konditori, Heleneborgsgatan 19, Södermalm 

Saturnus, Eriksbergsgatan 6, Östermalm
Riddarbageriet, Riddargatan 15, Östermalm

Restaurants opening in 2011

New restaurants are always interesting. And when I recieved a question on the blog yesterday, I thought it was a good idea to do some research. I haven't found out so much yet, but will surely return to this theme as soon as I know more.

Popular latest additions (with good reviews):
Restaurang Hjerta (Skeppsholmen)
Orangeriet Bar (bar next to Kungsholmen Restaurant)
Restaurang Brofästet (Södermalm)
Pubologi (Gamla Stan/Old Town)
Nudel Bar at the Museum for far eastern antiquities /Östasiatiska (image above)

Image from Nudel Bar at Östasiatiska

Just love Gubbhyllan at Skansen

One of my favorite restaurants is at the open-air museum Skansen. Its named Gubbhyllan (Gubbe means old man and hyllan means shelf) and is one of the restaurants at Skansen. They serve small scale produced traditional swedish food with a twist. The food is always great and the atmosphere "homey". And when I visited the restaurant yesterday the owner "KC" had just come from the northern part of Sweden where he had bought pheasants for the restaurant.

Gotland in Stockholm

Lime stone formations, a medieval city (Visby), beaches, good climate, and unusual birds and wild life makes the Island of Gotland a popular place to go for a vacation. If you visit Stockholm you can get a piece of Gotland at a new restaurant: Restaurang Gotland. The restaurateurs focuses on locally produced food from the Gotland county. The island is renowned for their truffles and small farms.

Other restaurants in Stockholm named after a city or a county:
Restaurang Göteborg - situated in Hammarby Sjöstad is named after the second largest city
Restaurant Hälsingborg - situated in the city district is named after a city in Scania (Skåne)

Autumn restaurant favorites

Whether you are looking for contemporary international cuisine, traditional Swedish food, ethnic from around the globe or affordable neighborhood restaurants - Stockholm has it. The autumn is the cosy season, and restaurants light their candles and some offers real warming fireplaces and a snugly atmosphere
. Here are some of our new and old restaurant favorites:

Orangeriet (orangery)- crackling fireplace, cozy sofas, magical view of Stockholm and the best cocktails in town. To good to be true? This new bar, next to the popular restaurant Kungsholmen has become an autumn favorite.

Hjerta-(heart)on the lush island of Skeppsholmen, lies this newly opened charming and rustic restaurant. Perfect for a lunch after a visit to the neighbours Nationalmuseum, Museum of Modern Art and East Asian Museum, or in the evening.

Ulla Winbladh - A charming place on Djurgården, next to Skansen and the Vasa Museum, Stockholm is one of the real classics, serving Swedish home cooking. Next summer Michelin restaurateur Melker Andersson will open a restaurant at Godthem next to Ulla Winbladh on Djurgården.

Bistro Ruby/Grill Ruby - French bistro or Texas grill? The two sister restaurants in Stockholms old town offer the best of two worlds in an intimate setting.

□ Djuret (the animal) or Pubologi - Djuret serves one animal at the time, from head to tail. The menu consists of different meat paragraphs from the same animal.  Pubologi is a hybride of a diningroom, bar and pub and is next door. Both of them quite new

Photo: Orangeriet

Total experience in old-new Lux Stockholm

Lux Stockholm
is one of the star restaurants situated by the lake in a former industrial building. The restaurant is constantly evolving. The creative chef Henrik Norströms food philosophy is to maximize the food experience and to honour the origin and the food revolves around four distinct tastes - salt, sour, smoked and spiced - and the four seasons. 

October 4 is the starting point of a new food concept: A show kitchen close to each table moving the kitchen into the dining area and shortening the time between cooking and serving. Personally I really like the concept which feels new and unusual in its form. I had the opportunity to try the new concept

Here you see the chefs preparing the dinner. Though they are just next to you its calm and without noice.

Wagamama and Potstickers to Stockholm

Two asian fast food chains are opening in the city district in Stockholm; Wagamama and the dumplingsbar Potstickers.

- the popular brittish version of the asian kitchen is moving into the new Water Front Building in Stockholm - home of a congress center and hotel. According to Restauratören the restaurant will open in October and have 130 seats. It will be a part of Stureplansgruppen Group. 

Potstickers is opening two dumpling restaurants this autumn, on Regeringsgatan and Tegnerlunden later on this autumn

Skeppsholmen island day!

Photo: Svenska Dagbladet/Karin Grip

One of the city islands, Skeppsholmen where the Modern Museum is situated, is a former warf-environment in Stockholm. Skepp is Ship in swedish. The small establishments on the island is organising a Skeppsholmen day this upcomming weekend, September 12.

The Terracotta Army exhibitions in the secret rock galleries under Östasiatiska (East asia)
The Moderna Museet
The Architecture Museum
The Modern Dance Theatre
Choir singing with 17 choirs in the Eric Ericsson Hall
and lots and lots more

Skeppsholmen is just a lovely green and lush island. Perfect for a stroll. And there are several  places to eat. The excellent Moderna Museet restaurant have recently opened a small nice place, called Restaurang Hjerta (heart), aldready a popular place for Stockholmers as well as visitors.

F12 opens Godthem on Djurgården

One of the most interesting buildings on the island of Djurgården, Villa Godthem, has a beautiful location by Skansen and Ulla Winbladh restaurant along the Djurgårdens canal. Villa Godthem will now be renovated and rebuilt in order to re-open spring 2011 according to the Group. The building will be shared with the Royal Swedish Automobile Association and more.

Melker Andersson and Danyel Couet of the F12 Group will be entering as a restaurateurs. Its the Groups seventh restaurant in Stockholm, which already operates Restaurant F12, SMAK restaurant, GRILL, Kungsholmen / Orangery, Brasserie Le Rouge / Le Bar and Fyran Restaurant.

Three gourmet restaurants in the Archipelago

The swedish gourmet magazine Gourmet lists their three unknown favorite islands in the archipelago to go for something to eat.

Fejans Skärgårdskrog (for the gourmet)
Sjöbloms fisk (small scale)

Skansholmen (photo)
Skansholmens sjökrog (for the gourmet)
Solberga Gård, Runnmarö island (small scale near by)

Finnhamns Café och Krog (gourmet)
Hjälmö Lantbruk (small scale nearby)
Idholmens Gård (small scale nearby)

Lux Stockholm is being refurbished

One of the green gourmet restaurants here LuxStockholm is also undergoing a refurbishment to be opened on August 18. The people behind the restaurant are known for their interest in design so Im curious about their new look...

"Henrik’s food artistry revolves around four distinct tastes - salt, sour, smoked and spiced - and the four seasons. The food is mainly developed of locally produced raw products in a close co-operation with hand picked local farmers, fisher and horticulturists from Sörmland, Uppland and Gotland. We let the season select currant raw products for the à la Carte. You can, as a guest, sense the variation in season depending on which time of year you visit Lux" according to their webb

Relaunch of Smörgåsbord at Operakällaren

Photo: Operakallaren/Max Plunger

This summer brings with it the relaunch of one of Operakällaren’s all time great success stories: the smorgasbord! The legendary gastronomic traditions of Werner Vögelis and Tore Wretman live on and, after a break of 15 years, it is once again time to lay out the great buffet filled with Swedish delicacies!

Operakällaren’s smorgasbord will be served under the cut-glass chandeliers and ceiling paintings of Café Opera’s historically listed dining room from 19 May, Wednesday – Sunday 13.00-19.00. Price 390 SEK.

Here are some other places in Stockholm that you can eat a typical swedish smörgåsbord:
Solliden på Skansen
Verandan på Grand Hotel
Ulriksdals Wärdshus

Frantzén-Lindeberg a new two star restaurant

Only four resturants in the nordic countries have two stars in Guide Michelin. Stockholm have two restaurants with two stars.

Restaurants with Two stars
- Mathias Dahlgren Matsalen
- Frantzén/Lindeberg

Restaurants with One star
- Mathias Dahlgren Matbaren
- Esperanto
- Fredsgatan 12
- Lux Stockholm

- Leijontornet and Operakällaren lost their stars.

Read also about the White Guide restaurants here.

Best restaurants according to White Guide

White Guide have announced their list of the best swedish restaurants. Of the thirteen restaurants in the category international Masterclass 8 are found in Stockholm.
Mathias Dahlgren - Matsalen, Stockholm
Oaxen Krog, Hölö
Esperanto, Stockholm 
Operakällaren, Stockholm 
F12 Restaurant, Stockholm
Lux Stockholm, Stockholm 
Frantzén / Lindeberg, Stockholm 
Mistral, Stockholm

White Guide awarded Mathias Dahlgren Matsalen the gastronomy award, Operakällaren was awarded the best total experience and Oaxen Krog was awarded the best service award. All three restaurants are situated in Stockholm.

In addition Pontus!, Divino, Leijontornet, Mathias Dahlgren Matbaren, GQ, Rolfs Kök and Råkultur is found in the masterclass category and several others in the following categories

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