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Stockholm: where to eat swedish food (guide)

Hi,

I just came back from a 3 day trip in Stockholm and also wanted to add to the list of good places to eat. Some of them have already been covered:

*Oaxen Slip - Another chowhound mentioned this restaurant, and I also thought the modern Swedish bistro food here was very good. On a nice day you can sit outside by the water and take in the views. I thought the herring and the Norwegian king crab dishes were amazing, and the deep fried pork was fantastic.

*Rosendals - also loved the beautiful, picturesque cafe at this public garden. the breads and pastries are delicious, especially the kanelbulle

*Johan & Nyström and Drop Coffee for very good pour over espresso. I was impressed by how the coffee in this country is very light and fruity, unlike the dark and bitter roast in the States

*Dining Table series at Matbordet - Matbordet is the casual, seminar style dining series offered by Mathias Dahlgren at the Grand Hotel. You get to watch the chef cook in real time as he explains the dishes. It was a very accessible format for fine dining.

Frantzen - for the ultimate in fine dining, nothing beats Frantzen. If you can grab one of the kitchen side seats, you get to watch the competent staff prep the elaborate, beautiful dishes in the tasting menu. the gorgeous fika dessert portion that concludes the meal is quite eye-catching

Urban Deli - we didn't have a chance to check out this restaurant in Sodermalm, but many locals recommended it

Here are some links to pictures for more context. Enjoy!
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Jul 15, 2015
gabandgobble in Europe

Aquavit vastly exceeded expectations!

thanks for the response. i was at frantzen in stockholm, where jernmark was manning the kitchen, and i overheard him saying he helped aquavit earn 2 michelin stars. wanted confirmation as to whether he was inflating his legacy a bit or whether there was truth to it!

Jul 15, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Aquavit vastly exceeded expectations!

not that it matters, but anyone know if it was chef marcus jernmark or emma bengtsson who really helped the restaurant earn its stars? i'm curious to know if jernmark was key in setting up aquavit for michelin success, and without his changes the restaurant wouldn't have been ready for that skill level, or if bengtsson's changes and direction after he left were what drove it.

Jul 15, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Need dining ideas in Oslo

Hi all,

I was in Oslo last week, and I wanted to refresh this thread with some updated options. What's impressive is that the recommendations from 2011 pretty much still stand. You can also reference my blog for some visuals

http://bit.ly/1CvGL7L

*Solsiden (city center, near the water) - great seafood by the pier. The seafood platters are huge, and the three of us struggled to finish a portion meant for two, mostly because there's so much shrimp that comes with it

*Kolonihagen (Frogner) - this is the farm-to-table sister restaurant to Maaemo. the grounds are very pretty, reminiscent of a lovely country villa, and the seasonal dishes are refined yet still retain their rustic flavors

*Brasserie Hansken (city center) - classic French food in a casual environment. we came here for lunch, and I was very impressed by how solid the food was. the open faced lamb sandwich was a particular standout

*Mathallen (grunerlokka) - this new indoor covered market is home to vendors serving foods of all kind. Japanese bento, sushi, traditional fish, sandwiches, rotisserie chicken, you can find something for everyone, and it's very reasonably priced. the fish and chips at vulkanfisk were my favorite. you can also grab a good coffee at solberg & hansen

*godt brod (grunerlokka) - this bakery chain makes some tasty pastries, especially the skolebolle

*Tim Wendelboe (grunerlokka) - for some serious-minded coffee, you can't beat the espresso here. the interior looks like a very sleek, modern coffee lab. don't ask for skim milk here!

*Fuglen (fredensborg) - the coffee here is also very good, and the atmosphere is more relaxed than wendelboe. you feel like you're drinking coffee in someone's living room.

Jul 10, 2015
gabandgobble in Europe

Updated Cabo Eating Report

Hi all,

Some of the Cabo dining threads seem to be a few years old, or the updates tend to be fragmented on different threads, so I decided to post a report of some of the restaurants I tried on a recent trip in May.

San Jose
Las Cazuelas del Don - really liked this small, local restaurant run by a very friendly couple, Alberto and Elizabeth. The restaurant is housed in a cute, cozy villa that makes you feel like you’re eating on your Mexican friend’s patio, which is probably the point, since the restaurant was inspired by potlucks that the couple had with their friends.

It specializes in slow cooked meats and vegetables made in a special cazuela pan, which you can eat with some fresh, corn tortillas like a taco, on a crisp “volcano” tostada or in a torta sandwich. Because the slow-cooked process intensifies the seasonings in the meat, you only need a small serving to fully appreciate the flavors. We ordered the beef cazuelas, a dish consisting of stewed ground beef covered in a blanket of melted queso, which was surprisingly mild and not as heavy as I thought it would be. My personal favorite was the chicken volcano, which featured tender chunks of marinated chicken and pickled cactus on a crisp tostada. I would also recommend the tortilla soup and a bottle of horchata (the outdoor area can get very hot!)

Flora Farm - This restaurant gets very favorable reviews on chowhound, and for good reason. It's a beautiful farm-to-table restaurant that reminded me of Blue Hill at Stone Barns. It was definitely my favorite meal in Cabo as well.

It's a bit of a drive to get out here, and some stretches the roads are unpaved, but with a rental car, it's worth it. The cab ride I bet can get a bit pricey.

Fresh, local and organic produce just tastes so much better than anything you can get in your grocery store. Eating a salad is never all that exciting, let’s be honest, and the lettuce is probably the least exciting part, but when I ate the chicken salad at Flora Farm, I was floored by how good the bibb lettuce was. I could eat a salad like this everyday and not get tired of it.

I felt the same way about the other items in my Simple Farm Lunch set. My eggplant soup was beautifully pureed, creamy and delicious without being heavy, and with just enough hint of curried spice to make it interesting without overwhelming. The gazpacho soup was light and refreshing, a little sweet and without the overpowering flavor of cucumber that taint too many gazpacho soups. The house made walnut and olive bread was served with a dreamy butter that was to die for.

Zipper's Bar and Grill - The NYTimes recommended this place, and it was pretty solid, although I think the bigger draw is being able to drink beer and eat right by the coast. I ordered some tasty grilled fish tacos, which arrived with a side of guacamole, along with a massive platter of quesadilla, taquitos, rice and beans.

Cabo
El Toro Guero - I loved this place because it felt very local, and it was really good value. A beer was only 15 pesos or about $1 USD, which was insanely cheap, and the seafood platters were reasonably priced and super humongous.

The food here is cooked in a no-fuss, homestyle fashion. It’s a little rough around the edges, in that the fish might be slightly overcooked, or that the fried shrimp might be heavily breaded, but its heartiness ultimately wins you over. It was just so great, eating outside, drinking cheap beer and seafood, watching soccer on high def in the background.

For more visuals, you can refer to my blog posts on the different restaurants:
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Jul 05, 2015
gabandgobble in Mexico

Virginia's, New upscale restaurant on Ave C

this restaurant is on ave c, regardless of whether that is surprising or not, i hope people will venture out and visit.

Jun 25, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Virginia's, New upscale restaurant on Ave C

restaurants come and go, so eventually something would open up. there aren't that many high end new american restaurants so the restaurant would be differentiated. i still think they're taking a risk opening there

Jun 25, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Best ice cream in manhattan

nicoletta's is not an ice cream place, but they have really really good soft serve. probably my favorite soft serve in the city.

dominique ansel's burrata soft serve is way overpriced at $7 and not worth it, fyi. AND they don't pack the whole cup completely with ice cream, they leave a huge air bubble in the middle of the swirls. not cool.

Jun 24, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Acadian Cuisine at King Bee, East Village

i'm glad that you felt the same way about your meal! love that place.

Jun 24, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Virginia's, New upscale restaurant on Ave C

ok, fair enough, my frame of reference is from 2011-2014, when I lived on 2nd Ave. But even so, I don't think Ave C is really the first street I would think of as being home to a high-end or nice restaurant. I get that there's Ko and Tuome and all that a few avenues over, but to a lot of people, Ave C physically and psychologically is far, and I would think an owner of a high-end restaurant would keep that in mind and would want a more highly trafficked area with maybe a more yuppie clientele. I guess there's an Edi and the Wolf over there, and Bob White? I'm sure it's cleaned up a lot, but I'm still surprised they made the choice to open on Ave C than a 1st or 2nd Ave.

Jun 24, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Virginia's, New upscale restaurant on Ave C

I wanted to report back on my meal at Virginia's, the new restaurant on Ave C and 11th run by two former alums of Charlie Trotter's. I was very surprised to find a restaurant of this caliber opening in this scrappier part of town, but I hope that the way east address doesn't deter people from trying out this place. The food here is very good. I would describe it as a seasonally driven new American small plates, you can expect things like roasted duck breast, hanger steak and gnocchi, along with interesting things like sweetbreads and romanesco.

The caramelized romanesco was one of the best vegetable dishes I've had in a long time--meaty, served in a sweet glaze, rounded out with some speck and cheddar cheese. The roasted duck was cooked to perfection, plump and juicy with the skin and fat perfectly intact, and the sea bass was excellent as well. The portions were a bit small and priced very high (the curse of the small plate!), but the flavors were so good that we didn't hold it against the restaurant.

The only downside is again the far east address (more relevant for those who live west of Broadway perhaps), and the music, which was a weird mix of loud EDM that didn't match the ambience or crowd at all. Also, the furnishings were a little classic and retro to my taste, but above all, the food was great.

http://bit.ly/1FBTws4

Jun 24, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Best ice cream in manhattan

you read my mind, i was literally going to follow up with a question about DF mavens. i tried their samples at the vegetarian food festival and they were decent, but not amazing.

i have never come across the coconut whipped cream flavor (guessing this is a special rotating flavor?), but that just sounds delicious.

Jun 23, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Best ice cream in manhattan

Oh so they finally renamed the place! I'm always so afraid that it'll shut down and I can't get my pbj fix. Haven't tried the root beer float yet but clearly I need to get on it!

Jun 21, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Best fried rice

i love the crab fried rice at uncle boon's.

Jun 21, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Best ice cream in manhattan

i think morgenstern's is the best by a long mile. the raw milk ice cream is amazing. lately the line situation has been out of control. oddfellows and ample hills (the one in gotham west market) are very good, but not quite morgenstern's good.

for vegan ice cream, the shop formerly known as lula's sweet apothecary is the best, especially any flavor involving peanut butter.

Jun 21, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

The Four Horsemen, new neighborhood bar in Williamsburg

I had dinner last week at The Four Horsemen, a new wine bar in Williamsburg run by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. I wasn't sure if a great musician would make a great restaurateur, but it looks like Murphy has another hit on his hands.

A modern, minimalist aesthetic defines the space at Four Horsemen, similar to the functional pragmatism that you find at many Scandinavian restaurants. The space is small and intimate, with seating for maybe 20 people in the back dining room. 8 pm is prime hour, where the bar out front and all the seats are filled, but the noise never reaches intolerable levels.

The food menu is a bit limited-it's more of a bar menu of small plates to go along with your wine-but it's a well-edited selection that features inventive, seasonal dishes. There were so many interesting things to choose from, but ultimately, the deciding factor for us was quantity, which is why we ordered the pork shank, as well as the snap peas with cashews, ricotta salata and Calabrian chili.

The pork shank was fall-off-the-bone delicious and very filling, especially with the beans, which served our purpose of getting the most bang for our buck. The snap peas was such a well-balanced mix of flavors and textures that showcased this crisp spring vegetable at its best. The peas retained their crunch, while the shavings of cheese and the nuts added a subtle depth of richness that fleshed out the vegetables. Even the house bread and butter was prepared with thoughtfulness. It was hearty and rustic, and the side of butter was mellow and creamy.

I'm not really a wine expert, but I do know that Four Horsemen specializes in funkier, natural wines. We ordered two bottles of red that were at a reasonable markup, the first being a medium-bodied Santenay that was interesting but still very drinkable, and the second being a Patapon that was very floral. I loved how accessible the wines were, as well as the overall low-key, comfortable vibe of this place. It's the perfect neighborhood spot, but it's also worth a visit as a destination.

http://bit.ly/1Ig3Bgl

Jun 20, 2015
gabandgobble in Outer Boroughs

Via Carota on Grove Street in the Village

it depends on what you want. for a low key meal nearby, then solid and well prepared food is more than good enough. however, if you need to travel far or cross town for a meal, and you're definitely going to have to wait an hour or more for a seat, and you're paying highish prices, then you want something more than pretty decent tasting to make it worth it, right? especially in a city where there are lots of restaurants that serve really good food with less fuss. i'm not asking for a cronut level knockout dish, i'm usually okay with pretty solid!

Jun 05, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Via Carota on Grove Street in the Village

I had the bunless "burger" as well. i thought it was very tasty but so overpriced for what it was. overall i liked via carota, it's a good neighborhood spot with a nice vibe that people of all ages would like. they also make great cocktails--the negroni was awesome. food is solid and well prepared, but to be honest, no one dish was particularly amazing.

http://bit.ly/1G3Ij9u

Jun 05, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

that looks amaze. canned meat is the best.

May 12, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

Spam, such a polarizing protein. I grew up eating a lot of it, as my Korean parents used it in their fried rice or as a side dish. I told some of my Western friends about this and they were horrified.

May 07, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

I don't know if you guys have ever had Side Street Inn, but if it's a refined version of that, that would be phenomenal.

May 06, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

it's also interesting that oiji opened up in the former dok suni space, another korean restaurant. i was surprised to hear that noreetuh was also korean owned and the name is a korean term for playground. i wonder if the hawaiian food there slants korean. one of my japanese friends was expecting hawaiian food with more japanese flavors and found that wasn't the case. he wasn't really a big fan, but he did like oiji

May 06, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

My husband and I have average appetites, i would say, and we ordered 5 dishes, and we were EXTREMELY full. We probably could have done without the oxtail stew and the honey butter chips. That would leave us with the beef tartare, the ssam platter and the jang jo rim. The ssam is pretty substantial, even if visually it looks small, and it comes with rice, and we also ordered an extra side of rice, so that created a lot to eat. The jang jo rim also looks appetizer sized, but it is so rich (buttered rice!) that a little goes a long way. the beef tartare was appetizer sized, and honestly we probably could have done without that too.

if you don't do the ssam, then i would say 4 dishes would be enough.

May 04, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

No, you're totally right. I'm being unfair to my people's restaurants. I was anchored to the places I usually go to, like Kunjip and Kangsuh. Obviously places like Kristalbelli or Hanjan are very serene and beautiful.

May 04, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Oiji, new Korean restaurant in EV

I had dinner at Oiji, the new Korean restaurant in the EV run by chefs who trained at Bouley and Gramercy Tavern, and was pretty impressed by my meal. With this pedigree, Oiji's Korean food is fancier than what you'd get in Midtown, but for the ambiance and the presentation, and the good service, I didn't mind paying up for my dinner.

The space inside is beautiful and quite romantic, and didn't feel Korean at all. I felt like I was inside a very nice lounge. The presentation of the food is also very refined, but the kitchen very much preserves the strong, traditional Korean flavors, which I appreciated.

The jang-jo-rim rice was a standout, which featured thin slices of beef shank, garlic, kimchee and mushroom on top of a bed of buttered rice. Butter isn't a common ingredient in Korean cooking, but this bit of culinary creative license was key in making this dish work. I also loved the stewed oxtail, which tasted like a sweet and juicy galbi jjim (short ribs). The ssam platter looked very pretty and fancy, and the pork is extremely spicy and tastes very similar to what you'd get at a traditional restaurant. Ssam usually comes with some deonjang mungbean paste which you can dab onto the pork, and it's something I hate because the funkiness of the fermented beans is too much for me, but the way they prepared it at Oiji had me spooning out every bit.

The beef tartare was extremely instagram worthy, but flavor wise I thought it was just okay. We were intrigued by the presence of honey butter chips on the menu, which is apparently all the rage in South Korea, so obviously we had to order it. The chips tasted similar to warm buttery movie popcorn, except sweeter, and while they were interesting, I probably wouldn't order them again.

The wine menu is very interesting, as are the craft beers that are available. We ordered a lot of the heavy items for dinner, so I'm looking forward to trying some of the lighter things like mackerel or buckwheat noodles on my next visit. But obviously i'll save room for the buttered rice!

http://bit.ly/1bP86oZ

May 04, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park (Chase Sapphire Dinner Series)

the pastrami was pretty fantastic, i can't believe i forgot to call that one out specifically! i wished they had more, those were gone in a hot second. less gougeres, more pastrami would have been ideal. :)

Apr 20, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park (Chase Sapphire Dinner Series)

We did get some passed hors d'oeuvres as well during the cocktail hour. Some gougeres, a pastrami bite, carrots on top of a cracker, and maybe something else. are these also part of the amuses?

Apr 20, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park (Chase Sapphire Dinner Series)

that bread is so awesome. they say not to fill up on bread, but we couldn't help ourselves and took an extra roll.

Apr 20, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park (Chase Sapphire Dinner Series)

I definitely tasted some cheddar, which was why it reminded me of a Ritz cracker cheese sandwich (although 10x better!). I don't think ours had anything sweet in there, wish I had kept my notes.

Apr 20, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park (Chase Sapphire Dinner Series)

EMP gets plenty of love on this board, and now I can see why, having recently enjoyed a fantastic five course tasting dinner at the restaurant.

My experience at EMP is a little unique in that I attended a special dinner series for Chase Sapphire cardmembers. I'm sure things were tweaked slightly for the event, and some might say it isn't completely representative of a true dinner there, but paying $210 a person for five courses and wine pairings, tax and tip included, is a pretty phenomenal deal. Plus, we got to mingle with Daniel Humm beforehand, who seemed like a cool, low-key guy. Chase throws similar events like this throughout the year, so if you're a cardmember, take advantage!

We were served two pre-dinner bites: a savory black and white cookie and a smoked sturgeon sabayon in chive olive oil. I was blown away by the smoked sturgeon, and the cookie tasted like a fancy cheese cracker sandwich. I'd be curious to know if these amuse-bouches are the norm at the restaurant. We were also served this amazing bread that resembled a croissant roll. It was buttery and flaky, and it tasted even better as you peeled away the layers. Of the five courses that followed, I loved the striped bass and the roasted beef. Obviously everything tasted great, even the foie gras, which I'm actually not the biggest fan of.

I like how the cooking is very clean and classic. There's nothing overly complicated or elaborate about the presentation. I noticed some French influences, but overall something about the food seemed very new American. If you need a special occasion restaurant to splurge on, I can't really think of a better place.

http://bit.ly/1O68W2h

Apr 19, 2015
gabandgobble in Manhattan
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