And my adventure in new restaurants in Stockholm continues! This time I visited Taverna Brillo with a few friends. Taverna Brillo is part of a restaurant conglomerate that includes old favorites Sturehof and Riche. Brillo reminds me of Mario Batali's Eataly in NYC... both in the cuisine (Italian) and the concept. It is made up of a large dining room surrounded by a "market place" which includes a florist, bakery, pizzeria, gelateria and several bars. When it was first described to me, I thought it was all in one large locale... but actually the different parts are connected by a series of corridors. The restaurant is located in the fashionable Stureplan district, where many restaurants, bars and nightclubs are found.
Rival Hotel is easy... four stations on the subway (red line) to Östermalmstorg, exiting to Stureplan. Otherwise 7-8 minutes by taxi. Click here for more restaurant recommendations.
March 30, 2013
March 28, 2013
|Photo by Lars Näslund, SL|
|Arlanda C station in Sky City, between terminals 4 & 5|
|Many signs guiding to Arlanda C|
|Entrance to Stockholm Södra Station,|
4 blocks from the Rival Hotel.
March 23, 2013
Yes, yes, yes...! Those were my thoughts after visiting the newly opened restaurant Farang this week. I had been getting favorable reports sent from friends who had dined there, so I was curious if it is as good as they were saying. It is!
Farang is the brain child of Tommi Björck and Matti Wikberg, famous chefs from Finland. They run several successful restaurants in Helsinki, including the original Farang. They have teamed up with top Swedish chef Kim Öhman to open Farang in Stockholm. Farang is located in downtown Stockholm in the building that once housed the Stockholm electricity company (Elektricitetsverk), which gives it a real industrial feel (design-wise). The gray & black color palette and use of natural materials adds to this feel. A cocktail bar and lounge are located at the entrance to the restaurant... followed by a corridor which leads you into the main dining room. The room is very spacious (seating for 160) with an open kitchen running along the entire right hand side.
The meal was fantastic! This was definitely the best dinner with Southeast Asian cuisine that I have had outside of the region itself. They do have tasting menus, which were recommended to us, but we opted to choose from the menu. We started with Bo La Lot "Street Style" snacks... minced meat wrapped in cha plu leaves. For the main course they offer "share" dishes which are meant, as the name suggests, to be shared. We took the Crispy Pork with Palm Sugar Caramel and the Coconut Braised Duck in Red Curry (both with extra sauces and condiments). They were absolutely delicious and perfectly prepared. To be honest, it was almost too much food! Finally, for dessert we split an order of Ho Chi Minh Xoco... mint chocolate with salted caramel and Vietnamese mint ice cream. I almost forgot how full I was.
The service was great as well. Personable and willing to explain dishes as they came to the table. This place has gotten a lot of positive buzz, so booking in advance is a good idea. If you are staying at the Rival Hotel, you can contact me directly and I will help you make a reservation.
|Open kitchen along right hand side|
|"Street style" appetizers|
|Duck in Red Curry. Mmmm...|
March 21, 2013
|Tacos! With requisite marguerita...|
|Bar at entrance to dining room|
|Bar in separate room.|
March 19, 2013
|Photo by Henrik Trygg, Stockholm Visitors Board|
|Photo by Henrik Trygg, Stockholm Visitors Board|
|Photo by... me (from last year). Bad quality but, hey, they ski really fast! Hard to catch them!|
March 16, 2013
This is mainly to inform visitors about what will be going on in Stockholm today in regards to the funeral for Her Royal Highness Princess Lilian. In case you are curious about the woman, visiting dignitaries, the lines of people, happenings at the Royal Palace and such.
HRH Princess Lilian passed away this week at the age of 97. She was the aunt of our king and very beloved by the people of Sweden. Born in England, she met and fell in love with Prince Bertil of Sweden during World War II. When the current king's father died in a plane crash in 1947, Bertil had to be prepared to act as regent until the king (then less than 1 year old) came of age. Because of this, he could not marry Lilian (a commoner) as you gave up your right to the throne in those days if you married a commoner. They lived together discretely for 30 years until the king came to the throne (after the death of his grandfather) and he allowed them to marry. As the king himself had married a commoner, he could hardly deny his uncle. A romantic story!
As a visitor, it is good to know that the funeral will take place in the chapel at the Royal Palace at 1pm. There will be a lot of spectators and media, so it would probably be best to avoid the area around the Royal Palace. There will also be a cannon salute from the island of Skeppsholmen, across the water from the palace. After the services (approximately 2pm) there will be a motorcade winding through downtown Stockholm, taking the princess to her final resting place in Haga Park, north of the city. Expect roads cordoned off as well as traffic during this time.
|Photo by Claes Göran Carlsson, kungahuset.se|
|Royal Chapel, kungahuset.se|
March 14, 2013
(EDIT: This is the list for 2013, for the current Michelin Guide... click here!)
Last year, the announcement of which restaurants received stars in the international Michelin Guide was anticlimactic as there was no change from the year before. This year there has been some changes... and, I'm happy to say, all positive for Stockholm! Two new restaurants have received a star each. Here is the list...
Two Star Restaurants:
One Star Restaurants:
And here is this year's list of Michelin's Bib Gourmand (awarded to restaurants for having great food for reasonable prices) restaurants in Stockholm:
- Brasserie Bobonne
- Rolfs Kök
- Den Gyldene Freden
- Ulla Winbladh
- Sjögräs (located around the corner from the Rival Hotel!)
- EAT (new!)
March 12, 2013
|Photo by Marie Andersson, Skansen|
The best place to experience a traditional Swedish Easter is Skansen on the
. There will
be music in Seglora church, Easter activities for children as well as an Easter
Market (11am to 4pm Thursday-Monday) where you can buy traditional arts &
crafts, foods and Easter decorations. It is easy to get to Skansen from the Rival Hotel...
regular ferries to Djurgården from Slussen (10 minute walk from the hotel,
ferry ride is also 10 minutes). If you are guest of the hotel and need specific opening hours for a store or museum, contact me directly at the hotel! island
March 9, 2013
A few restaurants have already opened in the past couple of months and I have heard some good buzz about them.
- Taverna Brillo- Italian restaurant & market. The restaurant is surrounded by bars as well as shops selling flowers, bread, pizza, ice cream and more. Inspired by Batali's Eataly in NYC.
- Farang- Cuisine from Southeast Asia. Newly opened sister restaurant to the very successful Farang in Helsinki, run by Finnish top chef Tomi Björck.
- Nosh & Chow- Menu is split up between different cuisines from around the world, using mainly Swedish produce. This Fall a second restaurant will open up in the same building with a concept of its own.
Opening this month (March, 2013):
- Cultur- To be honest, I don't know too much about this restaurant yet. But the fact that it is owned by the same people that own the successful restaurants Den Gyldene Freden and Fjäderholmarnas Krog makes me very curious. Located in Gamla Stan.
- The Flying Elk- An English pub might not sound too exciting, but when I tell you that it is (two-star Michelin restaurant) Frantzén/Lindeberg's take on an English pub you might find your interest piqued! Located right around the corner from Frantzén/Lindeberg in Gamla Stan.
Opening later this Spring:
- Hornhuset ("the corner house")- The renovation of the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Hornstull is almost complete. On April 26th the doors will open to Hornhuset, which bills itself as "one building, two restaurants, three floors". The menu is made up of smaller dishes which are meant to be combined for your meal.
- Nytorget 6- One of my favourite restaurants, Roxy, closed this past December. In May a new restaurant will open at the same address (Nytorget 6 in SoFo). We will see if they live up to the spirit of Roxy!
- Oaxen Krog & Slip- The most anticipated restaurant opening. Once located south of Stockholm and considered to be one of the best restaurants in the world, Oaxen is reopening in the city on the island of Djurgården in May. Even better news... it will be 2 restaurants in 1: the gourmet Krog and the more casual, bistro-inspired Slip.
And finally... some restaurants changing ownerships in Stockholm. The popular Pontus by the Sea, with one of Stockholm's best locations on Gamla Stan's waterfront, has been sold! As of now, the new owner is still a secret. Michelin star restaurant Lux Stockholm is being sold after 10 successful years. According to the Michelin rules, it will automatically lose its star status after the change of ownership.
|For sale: Lux Stockholm! Photo- luxstockholm.com|
March 6, 2013
|Congratulations to Esperanto!|
'Tis the season... restaurant awards are announced and guides are released. I recently reported on the newspaper DN's Gulddrake Awards, now it is time for the White Guide, the ultimate Swedish guide to the best restaurants in the country. This year White Guide visited approximately 800 restaurants and 90 bars in Sweden. Here is how Stockholm restaurants fared in the list of winners:
I was recently at this Michelin star restaurant and you can read about my experiences by clicking here!
- Best Wine Experience: 19 Glas
- Best Seafood Gastronomy: F12
- Best Local Produce Gastronomy: Gastrologik
Here are the Stockholm restaurants that made the list for "International Master Class":
- Esperanto (#1)
- Frantzén/Lindeberg (#2)
- Mathias Dahlgen Dining Room (tied for #3)
- Gastrologik (tied for #5)
- Operakällaren (#7)
- F12 (#8)
- Lux Stockholm (#10)
- Ekstedt (#14)
And, finally, the Stockholm restaurants that made the list for "Master Class":
March 1, 2013
|Robert-Antoine Pinchon, La Seine à Rouen au crépuscule, 1905|
© Collection Peindre en Normandie
- Moderna (modern art museum)- I have already reported about the opening of their Hilma af Klint exhibit, but there are a few other noteworthy exhibitions there this season. For example, the Le Corbusier exhibit which runs until April 18th and The Surrealism & Duchamp exhibit which opens on March 26th and runs the whole year out. More to look forward to... Pop Art Design (June 29th to Sep 22nd). See picture below.
- Fotografiska (photography museum)- we are sad to see the LaChapelle exhibit coming to an end, but I am definitely looking forward to The Man, The Image & The World, a retrospective of the work of the great Henri Cartier-Bresson (March 8th to May 26th). There is no news about what their summer exhibition will be... which makes me very curious! (EDIT: And it has just been announced... their big summer exhibition will be Helmut Newton! Starting May 29th... can't wait!)
- Millesgården (statuary and art museum)- they have a great ongoing exhibition that I am eager to visit... Painters in Normandy, Wonderful Impressionists (until May 26th). See picture at top.
- Thielska Gallery (art museum)- another exciting, ongoing exhibition... Munch (until May 12th). In honour of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch's 150th birthday. Famous for being the man who painted The Scream, this exhibition shows much more of the artist and why he is one of Scandinavian's greatest.
- Liljevalchs (art museum)- their ongoing exhibition is their Spring Salon (until March 24th). I know that a lot of visitors are interested in Swedish interior design, so their summer exhibition is of particular interest: Home Sweet Home - Furnished Tales (June 27th to Sep 15th).
- Waldemarsudde (art museum)- it's all about fashion this Spring with We Were Wrong, fashion photography by Carl Johan de Geer (until April 28th) and Fashion During the Time of Prince Eugen (until May 19th).
- Hallwylska (palace/museum)- after their popular exhibit last season of the clothes from Downtown Abbey, they just opened an exhibit of under garments from the tun of the last century called "Under the Surface (Under Ytan)". Runs until June 9th.
- Museum of Far East Antiquities (Östasiatiska, east asian art & history museum)- good news... their exhibit Secret Love, which I really enjoyed, can still be seen until March 31st.
See... lots of great art news! And in May there is even more great news: The Vasa Museum reopens on May 1st and ABBA the Museum opens for business on May 7th. Can't wait! There are, of course, plenty of other museums (the city has over 80) and art galleries. If you are staying at the Rival Hotel and are interested in what is going on in smaller art galleries... contact me directly at the hotel.