Stockholm: Food adventure at Studio Frantzén

Stockholm: Food adventure at Studio Frantzén

Studio Frantzén is the test kitchen and food studio of two Michelin-starred restaurant Frantzén, located just across the street, in Old Town, Stockholm. I haven’t yet had the pleasure to dine at Frantzén (insane, I know), so this was my first acquaintance with the Frantzén kitchen.

I got a warm welcome by the waitress, Sanna, who also gave me some great wine recommendations to go with the food.

I was placed by the chef’s table with tree other couples. It’s kind of fun when you’re dining alone, you just sit there quietly and get a glint of other peoples dining experiences. 🙂

The chefs prepare all the food in the kitchen next to you, and you create your own food adventure by choosing between small dishes from the à la carte menu.

I kicked dinner off with three snacks. From left: crunchy cod skin, smoked cod tartare, horseradish and home made apple vinegar. Liqourice and almond macaron with onion cream, crispy almond, atsina cress and 100-year-old vinegar. Horse “sushi” with crispy moss and frozen, grated foie gras. Wonderful textures and flavours.

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This evening, the studio had Claes Grännsjö from the restaurant Nook as guest chef. A happy surprise since I am a big fan of Nook’s Asian fusion. One of his contributions to the menu was a deep-fried bun with vendace roe from Kalix. Simply amazing.

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This was followed by a chicken dish that made me smile of pure joy. French country chicken poached in hay broth with truffled scrambled eggs, roasted chicken gravy flavored with kombu and roasted garlic. Served with crispy skin, butter-fried bread seasoned with dried seaweed and Périgord truffle. The chicken was beautifully cooked, moist and tender. With this, I had a glass of 2013 La Torre, Rosso di Montalcino.

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To satisfy my sweet tooth I ordered two desserts. The first one was an old classic at Frantzén: sticky beetroots with liqourice, blackberries and 100-year-old-vinegar. Exciting combination of flavours and textures. Really loved the stickiness of the beetroots. With the desserts, I enjoyed a glass of 2009 Kiralyudvar Tokaji Cuvée.

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The second dessert was a yuzu sorbet with black pepper meringue, dried marjoram and marjoram oil, grapefruit confit and pickled fennel. So much freshness.

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I had a splendid evening and could not have asked for a better dining experience on my own. Everything was on spot and I’m really looking forward to the next time I will enjoy chef Björn Frantzén’s culinary skills. Thank you Studio Frantzén for taking such a good care of your ingredients, and me!

Studio Frantzén
Where: Lilla Nygatan 16, Stockholm
Find online: www.studiofrantzen.com
When: April 2016

Stockholm: Michelin-starred sushi at Sushi Sho

Stockholm: Michelin-starred sushi at Sushi Sho

Recently, Sushi Sho in Stockholm became Scandinavias first sushi restaurant to receive a Michelin star.

Meals are served omakase style and all the guests are served at the same time, often by head chef and owner Carl Ishizaki himself.

The fish is selected with regard to sustainability and the menu varies depending on what’s in season.

The seafood is top quality, and let’s talk about the eggs! They are cooked to perfection. Also, I really loved the taste and texture of the rice, it is nothing like the sushi rice you get in an ordinary sushi bar.

Sushi Sho is a short (the sitting takes about one hour) but fun adventure that I would highly recommend to all who enjoy Japanese food. The dinner is (still) very affordable, and costs 485 SEK.

Sushi Sho
Where: 
Upplandsgatan 45, Stockholm, Sweden
Find online: www.sushisho.se
Visited: March 2016

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Preparation of the first dish.
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Pikeperch with soya, yuzu and sancho pepper.
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Soy marinated egg yolk, tuna, okra and roasted rice.
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Grouper with soy.
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Organically farmed salmon with red vinegar.
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Yellowtail, spring onion and fresh ginger.
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Squid with yuzu.
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Halibut.
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Octopus from Galicia and abalone.
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Sake–marinated salmon roe. Hitachino Nest Saison Du Japon beer on the side.
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Scallop with yuzu, soy and butter.
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Skrei liver marinated in sake, yuzu and scallion.
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Onsen tamago. 64-degree egg with sake-marinated salmon roe. Traditional Japanese low temperature egg which is originally slow cooked in the water of onsen hot springs in Japan.

 

 

Stockholm: Fine fast food favourites

Stockholm: Fine fast food favourites

It’s great to live in an era where fast food no longer is only associated with places like McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King and random hot dog stands. Recently, I visited three talked-about and trendy fast food restaurants in Stockholm. And yes, they were super.

Barobao
Where: 
Hornsgatan 66, Stockholm
Find online: 
www.barobao.com
Visited: February 2016

We do no longer only have sushi and thai wok to rely on when it comes to Asian influences. The bun trend has exploded all over Stockholm and I’ve tried a few. At Barobao you will find great buns (with porkbelly, mushrooms or chicken), ceviche, ramen or yummy sides like oysters or their take on an organic egg 64,8 degrees.

Omnipollos hatt
Where: Hökens gata 3, Stockholm
Find online: 
www.omnipolloshatt.com
Visited: February 2016

If you like pizza but are tired of classics like Capricciosa or Margerita, head to Omnipollos hatt and order one with kimchi, gruyere or fennel salsiccia instead. This place is crazy decorated (think Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds), has great craft beer and a genuine atmosphere. And ofcourse: good pizza!

Ai Ramen
Where: Erstagatan 22, Stockholm
Find online: www.airamen.se
Visited: February 2016

Noodles cooked to perfection, delicious broth, flavorful soft boiled egg… The list could go on. 🙂 Was awarded Gulddraken (the golden dragon) 2016 by Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter in the category best budget restaurant. Try it!

Stockholm: Three great places for casual dining

Stockholm: Three great places for casual dining

The city I know the best when it comes to food is, not surprisingly, my hometown Stockholm. New restaurants seem to pop up everywhere, not at least in Vasastan. For casual dining any day of the week I have three major favourites.

Lilla Ego
Västmannagatan 49, Stockholm
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Lilla Ego is a neighborhood restaurant with two award winning owners who like to keep luxurious food simple. Swedish cuisine should always taste like this. The restaurant is always crowdy (because it’s so damn popular), but you won’t mind because the food is so fantastic. The chefs and waitors feel like your new best friends and you never want your meal to end. You have to book a table months in advance, but when you’re finally here – the wait will be worth it.

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Farang
Tulegatan 7, Stockholm
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If you’re into Southeast Asian cuisine you have to visit Farang. A spacious restaurant but with a good, comfy vibe. The food is fresh, spicy, intense and well-cooked. Like soul food with an elegant touch. A great restuarant when you want to gather all your friends for a superb evening. And don’t forget to take a look at the cocktail menu, the drinks are delicious.

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Svartengrens
Tulegatan 24, Stockholm
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If you’re a fan of meat, but not of the meat industry, Svartengrens is the place for you. The menu will tell you where the little piggie on your plate grew up and the restaurant source its vegetables the same way. The waitors are terrific and make the eating experience even better. A great selection of wines, and don’t miss the award winning cocktail bar!

Lisbon: Food hot spots

Lisbon: Food hot spots

When I said I was going to Lisbon, my collegue’s first reaction was: “The food is terrible. I was there recently and nothing tasted good. All they had was dried fish.”

Not a very nice sum up.

Since I am such a nerdy planner I had already booked a table at all the restaurants I wanted to visit. There was no time to hesitate about my own research.

So how did it go? The Portuguese cuisine, which has many Mediterranean influences, was not all that wow-ing because I’m not the biggest fan of Mediterranean food. But I found three hotspots that are worth a visit – or two! – during your Lisbon stay.

A Cevicheria
Where:
Rua Dom Pedro V 129
Find online:
facebook.com/ACevicheriaChefKiko
Visited: December 2015, January 2016

This place is a must. Order a pisco sour and sit in the bar to watch the chefs prepare all the yummy dishes. The menu has three big YES: the tuna ceviche, the steak tartar taco and the surf and turf mini sandwich with sweet potato bread. Also, the quinoa brulée is a fun and tasty dessert to end your meal with.

Mini Bar Teatro
Where: Rua António Maria Cardoso 58
Find online: www.minibar.pt
Visited: December 2015

Mini Bar is my true Lisbon crush. I get the giggles just thinking of it. The day before my visit, I ate at Belcanto Restaurant owned by José Avillez who also owns Mini Bar. Mini Bar has the best picks from Belcanto, dishes with advanced techniques and great flavours, but to a better price. I would say eating here is a bargain. It’s elegant food without stiffness, just plenty of fun. Order the tasting menu or, even better, the chefs menu and prepare to enter a theatrical adventure. The staff is brilliant, the drinks are even better and the food is the most exciting I’ve tasted in years.

Decadente Restaurante & Bar
Where: Rua São Pedro de Alcântara 81
Find online: facebook.com/thedecadente
Visited: December 2015

Good food in a hipster and trendy atmosphere. This place reminded me a bit of Michelberger Hotel in Berlin. I went here twice during my stay, and tried both the a la carte menu and the three course lunch menu (for only 10 euros!). Both were priceworthy and tasty. Try the black spaghetti with prawns and spicy tomato sauce. My favourite. 🙂

 

Mykonos: Kalita Restaurant, a true favourite

Mykonos: Kalita Restaurant, a true favourite

Handmade gnocchi with parmesan cream and black truffle. Taste the words. We came back two days in a row just for this dish. If we had not been so curious trying other restaurants in Mykonos town we would have eaten here the whole week.

The interior at Kalita is very stripped down. In the outdoor eatery you are surrounded by rustic concrete walls and palm trees in a beautiful light. The atmosphere is calm, but not boring.

Kalita’s cuisine can be described as traditional Greek food with a modern touch. For starter, try the creative mini moussaka with feta mousse and tomato powder (pictured above). And as I mentioned earlier, do not miss the gnocchi. The lamb is also a good choice as a main dish. As a sweet finale, we tried both the baklava millefeuille with ice-cream and thyme honey, and chocolate mousse on a crispy base with peanut butter and salty caramel sauce. With a glass of sweet wine, life could not have been any better at that moment.

When talking about wines… Kalita’s wine list offers good Greek wines (my favorite contains the agiorgitiko grape).

To sum up the experience: this is one of Mykonos best restaurants. If not the best.

Where: 31 N. Kalogera Str, Mykonos, Greece
Find online: www.kalitamykonos.com
Visited: July 2015

Berlin: Big burgers at The Bird

Berlin: Big burgers at The Bird

Don’t come here for a romantic date, unless you’re dating someone awesome. This New York style bar and steakhouse feels more like a crowded pub than a traditional restaurant.

The prices on food and drinks are perfect (compared to Stockholm, where I come from, this is a bargain). You definitley get more than you pay for. Since I love Mexican flavors, I chose the “Fat Stingy Gonzales” burger with guacamole and salsa verde. Fresh, yet a real piece of meat (all burgers are made from 250+ grams of premium German beef).

You definitely need to book a table in advance, because this place gets full in the evening. Cash only.

Where: Am Falkplatz 5, Berlin, Germany
Find online: www.thebirdinberlin.com
Visited: December 2014