Good evening my friends, I hope you are all doing great! It’s been a hell of a vacation, a bit away from the Stockholm blogosphere and the city itself, but now I am back in full foodie mode. So I decided to make a small list of some of my favorite places on my beautiful neighborhood Hammarby Sjöstad.
Breakfast, lunch, fika and dinner; Hammarby Sjöstad has it all. On top of that, it is actually one of the most beautiful areas in Stockholm and literally the best place I have ever lived at. I am so lucky to have “landed” here, because I can actually satisfy 2 of my main life interests: dining and enjoying cityscapes and nature.
For breakfast there are many options to choose from, but my favorite is definitely Magnus Johansson Bageri and Konditori (bakery and pastry-shop in Swedish). I have literally eaten breakfast there 10 times in the past month, that’s how good it is. If there is something I have learned from Scandinavia, in food terms, is that the ingredients are SUPERB! Stunning foods that need nothing to shine, well, maybe a little culinary technique. And this place is the perfect example.
As you can see on the photo, there is nothing out of the ordinary. Just perfect ingredients carefully prepared by the friendly staff. The bread is delicious, I never get tired of stating this. Every single time I go I tell the staff to congratulate the bakers. It is impossible to describe with words. Perfection…
For lunch I usually go to Arigato Sushi Wok and order the item number 37 (yes, I am that specific, haha). Why? Simple, my Swedish is good enough although I have an accent; and the staff (Asian) also have a very particular accent, so we pretty much do not understand each other. Funny but true.
Number 37 is rice noodles with eggs, vegetables, a special sauce and a choice of chicken, beef or shrimp (price varies depending on the chosen protein). The wok gives it that unique taste so characteristic in Asian cuisine, deliciously mouthwatering.
Of course, they have sushi and other classic warm Asian dishes, but nothing beats noodles, eggs and meat, right?
For fika -actually for breakfast and lunch too- head over to Spoon Nautica Cafe, one of my favorite hangout spots in the hood. And, curiously is not the food, which is also delicious.
The view is amazing! No words needed after that photo. Just picture yourself eating there, chillaxing while overlooking the water and watching people go by. That right there is life, trust me, that is all you need to be happy…
For dinner I highly recommend a visit to Restaurant Göteborg. It has both great food and an unbeatable location, literally floating on the water and at the end of Hammarby Sjöstad. This provide a differentiated and special dining experience.
Among some Swedish classics I tried the toast Skagen. For those of you that are not familiar with it, what are you waiting for, haha. Joking aside, and complimenting what I said at the beginning of this post, the ingredients in Scandinavia are remarkable. This dish is nothing else than shrimps, mayo, diced red onions, dill, lemon juice and roe on a piece toasted white bread. It doesn’t sound so exciting, right?
You might be right, but it is absolutely delicious! Hats off to whoever came up with this combination.
The chefs took influence on Asia and came up with a soy- marinated tuna tartar with avocado, trout roe, almonds, green chili, herb cream and onions. Simple, classic and modern. Good dish. I actually enjoyed a lot -although suffering a bit in a pleasant way- the green chilis thinly sliced on top of the fish. It provided an interesting textural element plus the semi rough kick of the chili itself.
But the winner dish of the night was undoubtedly the lamb entrecôte with pickled chanterelles, red beets, radishes, grated feta, garlic sauce and mashed potatoes.
The meat was perfectly grilled and tender, pink on the inside and slightly crusty on the outside. The vegetables served as great complimentary components but they were equally delicious, picked at their prime (this equals a superlative flavor).
And, strangely, they make a killer mojito, actually the best I have had in Scandinavia. Usually when you go to cocktail bars here in Sweden, they don’t put enough rum and they make it with crushed ice. Tell this to a Cuban and prepare to feel their wrath.
Their version was on point. Evident rum presence, fat ice cubes, slightly sweet and refreshing.
I wanna thank you guys for reading me, but specially I wanna thank to all the service staff and chefs from the mentioned restaurants and every restaurant that I visit in Hammarby Sjöstad. You all treat me so good and feed me amazing food.
Tack så mycket!
So now you know, head over here and eat with us.
I leave you with a breathtaking view…