Gamla Stan in Swedish means old tow; and as many European capitals, Stockholm has one. The old city of Stockholm lies only a stone throw away from the city centre, on an island between Norrmalm and Södermalm. Old towns are usually very touristic, and so is this one as well. But mostly during the day. After the dark, Gamla Stan turns into a mecca for foodies and the wine curious. New, cool restaurants are popping up all the time, and Kagges on Lilla Nygatan is one of them. Kagges is a small restaurant, located in the corner of an old house with big windows. The location is actually quite legendary; starred chef Björn Frantzen used to have his two star restaurant there. The room inside is cozy, quite small, but the owners have managed to squeeze in around 30 seats. There are tables from two, three and four guests as well as a bar, where walk ins can sit and observe what is going on in the kitchen. It already seems like a popular place, so I recommend making a reservation.
Dishes at Kagges are mid-sized, and there are three to four vegetarian, fish and meat-dishes to choose from. Cuisine is, surprise surprise, modern European, so you can expect dishes like onion soup, elk sausage and duck confit. A Nordic twist is added with the use of mushrooms and root vegetables as sides and arctic berries as garnish. The kitchen recommends three to four dishes each. We took three, and that was actually a perfect amount. I was full, but had some space for s small dessert after.
The wine offering is actually one of the best things at Kagges. The selection (by the glass) itself is nothing groundbreaking: some nice champagne, Jura-white and a Pinot Noir to wash down the sausage. The wines are good, but wines are good at quite many places these days. What I really like at Kagges is that you can order carafes. One carafe is around two small glasses of wine and costs just 25% more than a glass. Its actually quite a nice amount of wine even if you are three people sharing.
Service is good and prices are as they are in Stockholm, moderate. But due to the carafes, this one is a keeper. Will definitely be back Kagges – Cheers!