May 19, 2018

The 2018 Summer Salon at Esperanto!

Photo courtesy of Esperanto
Every summer, the majority of fine dining restaurants in Stockholm (Michelin star and such) close for a few weeks in July and August. This is usually a disappointment for traveling foodies coming to the city for vacation. Thankfully, all is not lost as there are a couple who remain open all summer in one form or another. Next week I will be writing a blog article listing how the top tier restaurants in Stockholm will be open this summer. Stay tuned!
Photo courtesy of Esperanto
One such restaurant that doesn't completely close is Esperanto, which has been awarded Best Restaurant in Sweden by the White Guide for several years in a row as well as mainting their star in the Michelin Guide for 11 years. The head chef and restauranteur is Sayan Isaksson and he also runs Michelin starred Imouto and Bib Gourmand rated Shibumi, all located in the same building as Esperanto. Chef Isaksson was also the creative genius behind the Nobel Prize banquets in 2015 and 2016.
While Esperanto and Imouto do close between June 26th and August 2nd, Chef Isaksson instead opens a "Summer Salon" is a sun room just adjacent to Esperanto's main dining room on the second floor of the building. The salon is made up of a community table which seats 16 people and the serving is a la carte style (two seatings each evening). This has proven to be a popular concept and they have done a summer salon now for 5 years in a row.
Each year, the Summer Salon has had a theme when it comes to the menu. Spanish and French cuisine have been featured and last year they had a Dim Sum Palace. This year, they are going back to Chef Isaksson's roots and serving a menu with culinary inspirations from Thailand (the country he was born and adopted from). The menu is made up of small and medium sized dishes.
Photo courtesy of Esperanto
I was invited this week to a press lunch at Esperanto where the concept and menu of their Summer Salon was presented. It was delicious and the plates beautifully presented. The dishes are not Thai (as in what you would order in a Thai restaurant), instead it is the flavors and ingredients which you will recognize from Thai cuisine but all served with a modern, creative twist.
Restaurants located in the green building to the left,
in the shadow of Engelbrekt Church. 
As I mentioned earlier, Esperanto, Imouto, Shibumi as well as the Summer Salon are all located in the same building in the downtown area. The easiest way to get there from the Hotel Rival is by subway... six stations on the red line to Tekniska Högskolan. From the station it is a 6-7 minute walk to the restaurants. Otherwise, it is a 10 minute taxi ride.

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