Restaurant Mr French in Gamla Stan
Last autumn I wrote about the restaurant Mr French which had opened in the locale, once occupied by Pontus by the Sea. As I wrote then, they were just planning on being open for a few months before closing during the winter for a full scale renovation and refurbishment of the restaurant.
They have now reopened and I was at the grand unveiling last week. It is an amazing change! I hardly recognized the locale. Beautifully designed bar and restaurant with an art deco feel... it felt almost like a set from The Great Gatsby. I especially liked the open kitchen with seafood on display, like at a food market or fish monger. Mr French is quite large with many seating options inside the restaurant. Besides the dining room with open kitchen, you have several comfortable seating groups for cocktails or more intimate dining.
One of Mr French's main selling points is its location... arguably one of the best in Stockholm. The restaurant is located on the waterfront promenade of Gamla Stan (old town). They do take great advantage of their location with a large outdoor-indoor bar/lounge area on the ocean side of the restaurant, providing guests with views of the harbor. Part of the lounge area has a retractable roof which they can extend when it gets chilly in the late evening (heating lamps give a little extra help). They do have a bar menu which is perfect if you get hungry after a few cocktails or want a late lunch after a day sightseeing in Gamla Stan.
Speaking of menus... the restaurant's menu has an interesting mix of Swedish, French and American favorites, with an extra emphasis on grill and seafood. You will find their menu here (click on "bordsmeny"). When I was there for the grand unveiling, we were treated to delicious hors d'oeuvres. I did visit the lounge earlier this week and had the opportunity to try their Mr French Burger. Very good!
As I mentioned, they are located in Gamla Stan... just a 15 minute walk from the Rival Hotel. They often have special events and happenings in the bar/lounge area. When I was there the second time they had a bartender competition which was fun. Talk to me, if you are staying at the hotel, for information about happenings or help in booking a table. Click here for my other restaurant reviews.
|Art deco bar fabulousness.|
|Main diningroom or...|
|...your own nook with a view.|
|Open kitchen with displayed seafood.|
|Outdoor bar area with retractable roof.|
|View of harbor and waterfront promenade from restaurant.|