March 17, 2012

Restaurant Gotland

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The Swedish island of Gotland is located out in the middle of the Baltic Sea, just south of Stockholm. The island is a popular destination, due mainly to its rich history (runestones, Viking graves, walled city of Visby), beautiful nature and beaches as well as the fact that Ingmar Bergman lived for many years on an island (Fårö) off the northern coast. If you are planning a longer stay in Sweden this summer, then this island is definitely worth a visit (regular boats and flights from Stockholm). If not, then don't worry: there is a little part of Gotland in Stockholm...
Restaurant Gotland is a great place to taste gotländsk cuisine and get a feel for the gotländsk culture. Located in the Stureplan district, the restaurant's menu reflects the rich, seasonal produce of the island. They are especially well known for their lamb and pork, but also fish, cheeses, asparagus and other vegetables. I was there last week for a dinner with my fellow concierges from around Scandinavia (Les Clefs d'Or). I love the interior design of the restaurant and the food was delicious (I went for the Gotland pork!). The restaurant also has their very own steakhouse right next door called Gute Grill. Makes sense... lamb, pork and fish are best enjoyed grilled, no? The best way to get there from the Rival Hotel is by subway (4 stations, red line, to Östermalmstorg- exit Stureplan). Otherwise it is a 7-8 minute taxi ride.

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