In my last article, I wrote about the new "Truth is Dead" exhibition at the museum Fotografiska and I promised that in my next article I would write about my visit to their restaurant that evening. So, as promised! High quality restaurants inside museums has been a trend over the past few years, and the restaurant at Fotografiska is one of the best in this category. In fact, the restaurant was awarded "Best Museum Restaurant" in the world by Leading Culture Destinations in 2017. It has also been listed as one of the top 20 restaurants in Sweden over the past few years by White Guide.
It is important to note that Fotografiska goes all out in incorporating the restaurant with the museum so that the museum has extended opening hours to coincide with the restaurant's hours... closing at 11pm on Sundays through Wednesdays and 1am on Thursdays through Saturdays. This means you can easily combine a visit to the exhibitions with dinner and/or drinks. Feels very civilized. The restaurant is located on the top floor of the museum, with great views of the harbor, so maybe take in one exhibition on the way to dinner and another on the way home?
The philosophy of the restaurant is sustainable dining with a major focus on fruits and vegetables, using only the freshest seasonable, organic products. They turn the tables on the traditional menu concept where vegetables come as side dishes. At Fotografiska, you choose (if you wish) meat/fish as a side dish. When we dined there last week, both my friend and I did choose meat as a side dish though felt, in the end, that it really wasn't necessary. We would have been easily satisfied if we had just stuck to the plant based dishes. However, it is always good with the option for our dedicated carnivores out there!
There are set three, five and eight course menus to choose from or else you can choose dishes from an a la carte menu and mix and match the dishes as you desire. My friend and I did end up choosing the set three-course dinner, adding a meat dish each. The first course was potatoes prepared three ways with smoked sour cream, burnt butter and bleak roe. The second course was long-baked beetroot with potato puré and basil and, finally, for dessert we were served "last season's" berries with emmer wheat, salted caramel and goat milk sherbet. The whole meal was delicious, beautifully presented and creatively interesting.
During the daytime, there is a great café adjacent to the restaurant, which is perfect for lunch or just a coffee and snack. They also serve a very popular brunch on the weekends! Speaking of popular... booking a table in advance for dinner is highly recommended, as they are generally fully booked most evenings. You can book your table on their website and you can also choose the option of booking a visit to the exhibitions (at a discounted price) along with your table. Fotografiska is located on the northern waterfront of Södermalm, just a 15-20 minute walk from the Hotel Rival. They are doing some major construction in the Slussen area, but just follow the signs to get to Fotografiska. The closest subway/bus station is Slussen (10 minute walk from the museum).
Watching the ferries glide by on their way out to the Baltic
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