Dryck is Swedish for drink (the noun, not the verb) – a suitable, however uninnovative name for the new wine bar in town. But regardless of its mass market appearance, Dryck is actually quite a likable little place with ambitions of becoming a core hangout for the winecurious. They are serious about the fermented fruit, while at the same time keeping a laid back appearance.
Le Rouge is a restaurant in Stockholm, known mainly for its burlesque interior. I have always considered it more of a theme-restaurant. You don’t really go there for the food, but for the fun of it. No, I don’t really get it, but some people seem to like it. I have been there only once and all I remember is M looking very handsome acros the table (we weren’t dating yet). However, there has been a change of events that has lured me to return. Le Rouge has opened a credible wine bar, Vinköket to liven up their upstairs entrance (the restaurant is in the cellar). So off course we had to try it out. Continue reading “Vibes of Paris at Vinköket”
I just love these pictures from last Fridays dinner at Woodstockholm. It was one of these epic nights: warm weather outside, even after sundown (doesn’t happen that often in Sweden) and full party on at the restaurant. I seldom see restaurant staff having such a good time at work. We had a good time too. The food was tasty as well a picturesque, and for once I felt it was ok to take shots of people (they were so obviously posing). Woodstockholm is one of my favorite wine-hangouts in the city. Their list is very much to my taste: quite European and leaning towards earthy flavors. Continue reading “Taste of Göteborg at Woodstockholm”
I would never have booked a table Grön, if a wine interested friend had not tipped me off. Regardless of its central location, its kind of unnoticeable; and the name somehow suggests that the place would be just for vegetarians (its not). Its one of these small bistro-types that don’t look like much from the outside, but there is heaven inside for those who know it. Continue reading “Helsinki’s Hidden Pearl – Restaurant Grön”
Few past years in Stockholm, I have witnessed the up-rise of shopping mall-dining. There has been a general cleanup off course, and the old grease-pit style food courts are but a memory now. New, produce focused fast food chains and celebrity chefs have come in to grab the attention. Kortteli, the new, luxury food court on top of the Kamppi mall is the first attempt to pimp-up the mall dining scene in Finland (as far as I know). The fifth floor of Kamppi ticks off all boxes: specialty coffee – check, vegan offering – check, awesome brunch – check, and last but not least celebrity chef – check. Restaurant Jord, hidden in the back of the food court, is the little sister of Michelin-starred Ask, one of Helsinki’s most talked-about fine dining restaurants. Continue reading “Customer Obsession at Restaurant Jord”
There is a particular trend in Sweden that I am very happy about at the moment, that is the increasing popularity of low- or non-alcoholic beer ans other drinks. It is just great opening a beer after dinner on a normal weekday evening. A luxury that I have before, as a mother of a toddler, reserved only for weekends. Its also great that these drinks are high quality and that there are several different to choose from. We have a full shelf of colorful bottles in fridge. I am beyond the point that I would open a beer just for the alcohol content. We have always said with M, that we would be so happy if there were more good quality non-alcoholic wine, so that we would be able to enjoy our hobby even more. Continue reading “Riding the Waves of the Low-alcohol Trend”
I love our wine cellar Magnusson Fine Wines. It is the kind of friendly place, where people love wine, but you do not feel like you should know the name of every village in the German appellation of Alsace. People chat with each other and are generous with recommendations. The owner, Johan Magnusson, arranges wine trips and pop-up dinner by talked-about restaurant sin Sweden. There is always something happening at the cellar. We feel we get quite good value for the money we have invested in having a space for our wines there. Continue reading “Pop-up Restaurant by Koka”
Finally its time to start unraveling our great food trip to Amsterdam, and I would like to start with the finest: Restaurant Choux. The word choux is French and it means cabbage. It gives a little hint on the theme, Choux is what one might call vegetable forward. There is meat on the menu, but it does not play the leading role. Choux also houses an awesome selection of nature wines. Continue reading “Amsterdams Finest – Restaurant Choux”
We are an organized family: It is not often we wonder out to eat without a reservation or a clear thought on where we will be eating. Even if we are talking street kitchen, we check the location and timetable of the food truck in advance (streetkak.se is by the way a great place to locate your fast food on the run). However, there are a few places we might just pop into unannounced: Teatern in Skanstull and K25 on Kungsgatan in the Stockholm center.
Teatern is a somewhat new food court in a mall called Ringen in the hipster part of town, Södermalm. The fun thing about Teatern is that several celebrity chefs have started simple fast food kiosks there. For example Magnus Nilsson, who owns a two star restaurant in the north of Sweden, Fäviken Magasinet, has a hot dog stand Korvkiosken. The food court houses also a noodle stad by the owners of Adam & Albin Matstudio as well as Chaos by one-star chef Stefano Catenacci (Operakällaren). Sounds exclusive, but it isn’t. It’s really fast food for everyone at very affordable prices. A hot dog from Magnus Nilsson costs less than 3 euros (25kr). The soft ice creams from Korvkiosken are also great. The milk they use is from cows that are allowed to roam around freely. I don’t know how much that contributes to the taste, but at least the produce is super fresh, so the ice cream comes out great.
Teatern is also open in the evenings, and I have been meaning to go there for a quick dinner and drink some time. Quite many places also serve interesting wines (also nature wines) and craft beer. The ambiance is cozy (as cozy as a food court can get) and the clientele are there to relax.
My other favorite is K25 on Kungsgatan in the center of Stockholm. The food court has cuisine from around the world: Sushi, Mediterranean, Vietnamese, Malaysian etc. We tried pho-style noodles from a new place called JimLim (by Tomi Björks Farang). The problem with K25 is that it gets very full during lunchtime. Many (including us) come with children and prams, so the narrow space gets quite cramped. Teatern is nice and round, so there is much more air. I would recommend going to K25 when it’s not lunch-rush.
In Sweden, a bakficka (back-pocket) is usually a small simple restaurant associated to a known, often fancy, restaurant. Many Michelin restaurants have bakfickas. It is a way for celebrity chefs to serve simple food for more reasonable prices. The back-pocket is always close to its mother, sometimes even sharing a kitchen and staff; they also always leave some space for walk-in customers. I love back-pockets. They are quite good value for money, and many of them have high ambitions with wine. Tyge & Sessil is the backficka of one-starred restaurant Ekstedt (where food is prepared on an open fire) located in Stockholms Östermalm and serving mainly ecological and nature wines from small producers. Continue reading “At the Bakficka – Tyge & Sessil”