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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.
This week has been the first week of spring. The sun has been shining, birds singing, and the bravest have already taken out their spring coats. I haven’t, because its still s*** cold. But even though I am still roaming in my winter gear, there is something new in the air. I am sure winter will come back again (it always does), but there is still hope that this torture of a cold is soon going to be over. Continue reading “Wineweek 124: Spring Awakening”→
We have for a long time had a tradition of (occasionally) going for Sunday ramen with our friend Patrik. He is a likeminded foody, who loves both fine dining and a street, whatever goes as long as it is made well. Our go-to place has previously been Bluelight Yokohama, a Japanese restaurant in Södermalm. However, the new food court at Rngen Centrum, a run-down mall a few blocks south has won the battle. Continue reading “New Sunday Tradition at Teatern”→
All is well in the kingdom of Sweden. The ice age has passed and the snow melted. Perhaps it is too early to wish for the cold not to return. We have all February left. However nice with the warm spell. This week has been very weak with wine, but at least I have something to report from yesterday’s visit to Spritmuseum’s talked about restaurant.
We had really looked forward to the dinner. Spritmuseum’s restaurant had received excellent review not only for the food, but the wine list and service as well. It is one of those places that is whispered to be up for a star. I really hope not, because it wasn’t a great at all. Why? I will start with what was almost worst for me: the wine glasses were horrible. You know these small, thick, shapeless glasses that they have in cheap restaurants and on the partyboat. Yes, they murdered my lovely aperitif, a glass of Laherte Freres blanc de blanc by serving it from those. I eyed the glasses more closely and saw that they were Spiegelau. Probably the restaurant was thinking retro when they chose them, but then they should have explained the concept. Now the glasses were just there without any story or purpose destroying my wine-experience.
Secondly the dinner lasted four hours. We had an eight-course tasting menu, served two courses per hour. So we always had to wait 30 min in between. The food was ok, but nothing ground breaking. And some dishes were actually plain bad, like the yeast soufflé with algae powder. Third, the service was very un-attentive. Not rude, but basically no apologies for the food taking so long or no questions after half of our party hardly touched the yeast soufflé. I am sure this is all slightly worse because of our high expectations, but still Spritmuseum is definitely not star quality. I think M was still mumbling in the morning how he just can’t get over the poor experience. I will write more about the food and wine next week. Now I will just post some pictures.
We have also started a new Sunday tradition: early lunch at Ringens new food court – Teatern. It is probably the hottest new thing in town. There are about eight small restaurants where you can fetch food, including ramen, hot dogs, Vietnamese Bahn Mi, and Korean. Most of the restaurants are run by very prominent names in the Swedish food scene: Magnus Nilsson (Fäviken), Stefano Catenacci (Operakällaren) and Adam and Albin (Matstudio). It is wonderful to be able to buy a hot dog from the kitchen of a two starred chef for less than 3 euros.
Next week M will finally give up his wine-strike, and we will visit Friday champagne at our cellar. The wine of the week is Perrier Jouet. I will also be visiting the Winery Hotel, an urban winery and hotel here in Stockholm. Below some food-porn from Teatern and the Dom Perignon tasting last week.