August 7, 2015

Restaurant Oaxen Slip

Make sure you look up!
Another restaurant visit! My parents are visiting and my mom was celebrating a big birthday, so I booked us in at a restaurant I have been wanting to try for a long time: Oaxen. The restaurant used to be located on an island in the southern archipelago called Oaxen (hence the name). In those days it was ranked as one of the top 50 restaurants in the world five years in a row. But the restaurateurs, Magnus Ek and Agneta Green, decided to move closer to Stockholm... so in 2013 they opened Oaxen Krog & Slip, located on the island of Djurgården.

Big windows facing the waterfront...
Oaxen is actually two restaurants in one: the more fine-dining Krog and the more casual Slip. The move to Stockholm proved to be successful... within a year Krog had received their first Michelin star and this year they received their second star. The Slip has also been named a Bib Gourmand restaurant by the Michelin Guide, which are for restaurants with "exceptional good food at moderate prices".
Zucchini and bleak roe "snack".
We were a larger group dining and we chose Oaxen Slip for our dinner. The setting, along the water on Djurgården, is beautiful and has a secluded feeling. It would have been even more beautiful if it hadn't been pouring rain that evening. Oh well. The name "slip" means, as in English, where you park a sailboat. The sailing ships hanging from the restaurant's ceiling gives credence to the name (besides its waterfront location).
Dessert. Mmmm...
The dinner was delicious and the menu is almost entirely made up of Nordic produce. When we were there they were featuring a special summer menu. I started with something from their "snack" menu... deep fried zucchini with bleak roe. Yummy! For the main course I took the pork from the Nibble Farm with herb dressing, arugala and apples. You have the option of adding side courses (vegetables, starches, dips). It wasn't really necessary in my opinion as you get enough food with your dish, but perhaps if you don't have a starter or appetizer? For dessert I took the brownie with salt fudge ice cream. It was all very good! I will have to try the Krog soon...
A very rainy waterfront.
The easiest way to get to Oaxen Krog & Slip from the Rival Hotel is by taking the Djurgård Ferry from nearby Slussen. The ferries depart quite regularly and the boat trip just takes 10 minutes. When you arrive at Djurgården it is only a short walk to the restaurant. If you are in the downtown area, you can take the street car/tram out to the restaurant. Click here for my other restaurant visits/recommendations.

The restaurant on a sunnier evening. Photo provided by Oaxen Krog.


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