January 30, 2013

Gulddraken Awards for Best Restaurants

Esperanto- one of the nominees in the luxury category
(EDIT: awards from 2013, click here for 2014) I am back from vacation, feeling rested and ready for the coming season! This is the beginning of the award season for restaurants and first out is the Gulddraken (golden dragon) which is given by the daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter. This award is given to restaurants in different price categories (Luxury, Middle, and Budget), a bar category as well as a special "guest prize" which is awarded by British food critic A.A. Gill. Here are the winners and other nominees in each category:

Luxury- The winner is Frantzén/Lindeberg, one of Stockholm's two 2 star Michelin restaurants. The other nominees were Esperanto and Gastrologik.

Middle- The winner is Ekstedts, where your dinner is cooked over an open fire. The other nominees were Chez Betty and Bar Nombre.

Budget- The winner is Speceriet, run by luxury nominee Gastrologik. The other nominees were Boqueria and Tradition.

Bar- The winner is Tjoget, located in the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Hornstull on Södermalm. The other nominees were 19 Glas and Svartengrens.

A.A. Gill's special award was given to Frantzén/Lindeberg, which also won the prize in the luxury class.

Many of the websites are only in Swedish. If you are staying at the Rival Hotel and need further information or help in booking a table, contact me directly at the hotel. Click here to see other restaurant awards and lists from the past couple of years (Michelin, White Guide, Gulddrake, etc;).

January 4, 2013

Even a Concierge Needs a Vacation!

We've had a fantastic Christmas and New Year's here at the Rival Hotel... thanks to all of our wonderful guests! Now it is time for me to take a vacation and recharge my batteries. Three weeks of sun and fun should do the trick! I thought I would leave you with some handy tips in case you are coming to Stockholm and the Rival this month.

If you are staying at the Rival Hotel this January and need further information, you can contact my knowledgable colleagues in the Reception at frontdesk@rival.se. Otherwise I will be back in the last days of January!