Dinner at the Winery Kitchen, in The Winery Hotel has been one of my best dining experiences in 2017. Superb wines, delicious food, impeccable service and a beautiful setting are components of a perfect meal -which is already hard to find.
The Winery Hotel is “definitely” located off-the-beaten-track and, as obvious as it may seem, their concept is focused and centered in wine and all the love that surrounds its actual definition.
Wine is love. Wine is passion, culture and history. Wine is life itself!
The developing team and the very skilled and passionate staff have brought since January of 2016 a new concept to Stockholm’s hospitality scene. And for that we should be grateful and happy. Way beyond happy, to be honest with ya’ll.
I had the chance to meet up with the Head Sommelier Camilla Forslund to talk wine and the hotel’s concept.
Sadly, wine has been brought up to a pedestal of pretentious luxury over the past years. And here in Stockholm -being a trendy town and all- that unpleasant feeling accentuates.
The Winery Hotel is working hard on demystify the simple act of drinking wine. Here everybody is welcomed, from the most knowledgeable wine geek to the most enthusiastic amateur that just wants to have some wine and delicious food. What I recommend to you is to come with an open mind to try the different wine varieties and dishes they have and to balance your own preferences with the sommeliers own recommendations.
The Winery kitchen boasts a well balanced offer between the wine and food, slightly focused towards their wine offerings. The creative process starts with Camilla, the Head Chef and the Food and Beverage Manager brainstorming and choosing the wines first, and then the food; as opposed to most restaurants. Pretty interesting fact and challenging for the kitchen team that “has to” adapt to the different wines. Good thing for us that the chefs are very talented and innovative and actually manage to come up with outstanding dishes.
The menu changes 4 or 5 times a year, depending on what new wines the team gets his eyes on or search for. Seasonal produce and locally sourced ingredients are the soul of the kitchen. A key factor if you ask me, because it determines the result of the final product. Priceless!
They offer 2 tasting menus and a few à la carte dishes. Click here to find out more.
With my companion we tried both tasting menus, the Terreno and the Winery Kitchen.
The menu Terreno consisted of Tomato consomme (goat cheese ravioli, pesto, crostini), Lamb racks (eggplant, zucchini, polenta) and Crème Caramel (apricot, caramel, berries). 480 sek. 4-wine pairing: 450 sek.
The menu Winery Kitchen consisted of Blini (white roe, quail eggs, sour cream), Grilled entrecote (onion salad, truffle butter, croquettes) and Poached rhubarb with vanilla (strawberry, elderflower, pistachio). 550 sek. 4-wine pairing: 500 sek.
At the risk of seeming biased because of all the wine consumption, it was a perfect meal. Food, wine, service and ambiance; every single aspect was the best it could possibly be.
As I said before, the wine here is the star of the show, so the food plays a secondary role without not shinning on its own.
Simple combinations of fantastic ingredients cooked to perfection and beautifully presented. The photos pay true justice to the flavors of each and every dish.
A particular fact is that with the second course of both tasting menus 2 types of wine are served. I asked Camilla about this and she put it this way ” we all have different palates, so we wanted to give the guest 2 options to try and play around with the different combinations”.
Congrats on that guys, mission accomplished. I myself never even thought of having 2 different wines with one dish, so this simple yet innovative proposal opened my mind. And yes, I definitely enjoyed even more my dish.
I couldn’t try some of the other à la carte dishes but they are definitely yet another reason for me to come back soon. And so should you my foodie friends.
Trust me, you are in for a unique and unforgettable experience and one of the best dinners in Stockholm nowadays.
I want to personally thank the staff of the Winery Kitchen for one of my best meals in Sweden. Keep up the outstanding work and keep improving and pushing the limits.
Keep on demystifying the wine scene here in Stockholm that can be so posh and unnecessarily pretentious.
Stick to the roots of wine as pure love and life enjoyment. That’s all it is at the end of the day.
Tack så mycket and let’s keep on drinking vino!