Wine and Korean Inspired Food at Nook

I know I said I would cut down on restaurant posts, however, Nook is a place I feel I need to share with everyone. To my defense, they serve over 40 different wines by the glass. So I am not really straying from the purpose of this blog, am I.

Nook is a restaurant in the hipster area of SoFo in Stockholm. The restaurant is casual, but serves nice set menus of fine-dining-ish Scandinavian food with a Korean twist. Sounds quirky, but to be honest, the execution is much more traditional than the concept lets on.The ambiance is a bit of French-bistro mixed with sleek Swedish simplicity. Tables are not too close together, which was a true blessing on that hot summer afternoon we decided to visit. You can choose from two three-course menus, both priced very reasonable in between 350-400 SEK.

What came as a surprise to me as was the number of wines that they had by the glass. The actual list is only per bottle, however, the sommelier promises that he does a large number of the wines by the glass. The only downside is that he does not have any list detailing which wines are sold by the glass, so we have to describe our preferences for him to be able to point out suitable candidates. In general, I like a good sommelier who makes suggestions for me. However, I WANT to browse the whole list myself. What if there is something really interesting that I just did not describe at that moment. The list is heavy on France, the most interesting wines being whites from Bourgogne and Bordeaux (it was hot outside, so perhaps that really drew me to the white-side). M also had a vey nice crispy fresh Riesling. The champagne list is disappointingly main-stream and the only bubbly by the glass is Pommery Brut. I am hoping this will change in the future.

Some edamame to start the meal
Some edamame to start the meal

A crisp white Bourgogne in the hot Stockholm weather
A crisp white Bourgogne in the hot Stockholm weather

Nook does not look much like a Korean restaurant.
Nook does not look much like a Korean restaurant.

The beautiful blueberry sorbet
The beautiful blueberry sorbet
Food-wise, we had some wonderful dishes. I had chantarelles with miso, burned butter, egg and truffle as a starter and a white fish with leek, dill and caviar as a main. For dessert, I had blueberry sorbet with roasted wheat. I must say that my menu was excellent. I think M was slightly jealous of the starter. The other menu (that M had) contained king crab with sweet corn, Korean chili and coriander as a starter, Veal with tomatoes as a main and punch ice-cream with candied egg, rosemary and cake crumbs as dessert. Both menus sound wonderful, right? I feel both sets were great value for money.

Great food, great wines and great service. Even with a few disappointing features, I would give Nook 4.5 stars. Grabbing a table is not too difficult if you just book well in advance, so for a winelovers night out in Stockholm, Nook is a strong candidate.

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