Restaurant at Fotografiska

The photography museum Fotografiska has been one of my favorite museums in Stockholm since they opened in 2010. Not only for their great exhibitions (Annie Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Henri Cartier-Bresson and David LaChapelle just to name a few of the recent larger ones), but also for the location and space. Since they opened, they have had a café on the third floor of the museum with fantastic views over Stockholm harbor. I have always loved ending my museum visits here with a glass of wine while thinking that it would be a great place for a restaurant.
Well, they have now made it in to a restaurant! And not just any restaurant... under head chef Paul Svensson (past chef at Michelin star restaurants Bon Lloc and F12) it has garnered plenty of attention, rave reviews and was just recently namned by the newspaper DN as the best restaurant in Stockholm in the mid-price category. I was there earlier this week for dinner with my work colleagues. In fact, we were there when they found out that they had won the above mentioned award.
Chefs celebrating their award as best mid-priced restaurant.
The restaurant's concept is to bring fruits and vegetables to the forefront. The menu is split into three categories: cold, warm and sweet (all fruits and/or vegetables, though not necessarily 100% vegetarian). Each of these dishes cost 125 SEK and you can order and mix the dishes how you please. Each evening they have one meat and one fish dish available to order as well. When we were there we had the choice of duck or cod.
The beet dish...
We started with red beets from the Tanus region of France with ramson capers and an oyster emulsion, followed by Amandine potatoes with smoked sour cream and bleak roe. I chose the duck for my main dish as well as roasted celery root with porcini mushrooms and walnuts. We ended our meal with a gooey chocolate cake with caramelized rye and lingon berries. It was all delicious! But to be honest, I think we ordered too much food (as a group). If I were to go there with a friend I would order a few cold and warm vegetable dishes to share between us as well as a meat/fish each.
...and the Amadine potatoe dish.
This is a great way to combine some culture (museum visit) with an evening out. In fact, this has become somewhat of a trend... museums that house good restaurants as well. The Museum of Spirits and, in some part, Moderna Museet being two others on trend. They do still have the café area in case you just want to eat something light with a coffee or drink. Make sure you don't miss the museum which is open every evening until 11pm. Fotografiska is located on the waterfront of the island Södermalm, just a 15-20 minute walk from the Rival Hotel.
Current exhibition: Herb Ritts.

The view from the restaurant during the day.


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