I often get questions from friends visiting Stockholm: where would I recommend to eat. You would think this is a question I love answering, however, I actually find it a bit hard. I could recommend tons of places, but I run into hesitation. Why? Three things. Firstly popular restaurants in Stockholm require advance booking. A lot of advance booking. So all of those who are not extremely well planned (90%), will just hit a wall when trying to score a table. Which is a bit discouraging. Second, many visitors will find the Stockholm price level for food high. I find it inconsiderate to suggest something that will cost an arm and a leg, so I need to really think of those price worthy places that are easy on the wallet . Third, people like eating different things, and I am generally suspicious of restaurants that think they can master several cuisines (if you advertise that you master everything – I suspect you master nothing). And as you know, I never, ever, recommend something that I don’t think is good. But I have found an answer to this dilemma, and it is the Flying Elk. This is the gastropub of the one and only Björn Frantzen, one of Swedens most known and successful chefs. It is located in the Old City with good connections both to the City as well as Södermalm where the Viking Line boats to Helsinki leave. The Flying Elk also requires advance reservation, however, it is usually possible to get a seat the same week, or even the same day. If you are unlucky you can always sneak into their wine bar Gaston and order the burger.
The Flying Elk has an international menu with juicy steaks, grilled fish, salads and a well made burger. This is the type of cuisine that often fits everyone. There is always some awesome vegetarian option as well (not a pity dish, but a really juicy vegetable delight). All meats used are great quality and portions will not leave anyone hungry. What I also love about the food is that they are not shy about using truffle. They have had truffle fries, truffle popcorn and even a truffle burger on the list. My favorite, however, was the truffle lasagna. The whole restaurant smelled of truffle when someone ordered it. The portions are quite big and cost between 150 to 350kr. Its not a cheap meal, but not expensive either looking at the quality you get.
The last and finishing touch at the restaurant is that they have a great beer and wine list. There are about twenty to thirty bottled beers to choose from, and the wine bar (Gaston) next door makes sure that there are always interesting wines by the glass. The prices for alcohol here are quite high though. Beers start from 65kr a pint, so this is no place to come to get drunk. Wines, I would say have a better price-quality ration, but there is no cheap house wine on the list.
The Flying Elk might be tourist friendly, but it is still a place for foodlovers and connoisseurs. If you are not interested in food, then I would recommend Vapiano next door for a more wallet friendly experience (actually, if you are not interested in food and wine, then you are reading the wrong blog). But if you want to eat well and have some nice drinks, you cant go wrong with the Flying Elk. It impresses my guests every time.
P.S. For people travelling with kids, there is (relatively) easy access, kids chairs and a kids menu.