Good morning my fellow foodies out there. I have been absent from this blog for quite a long time because of work, so to celebrate my comeback I decided to treat myself at one of the hottest spots in Stockholm’s food scene nowadays.
I have had lunch at Portal Restaurant 2 times in the past 2 weeks, although I would
love to eat there every single day.
It is by far and indisputably one of the best restaurants I have tried this year. Take into consideration that I have traveled to foodie cities as Copenhagen, Berlin, Malmö and Helsinki, to name a few.
Fantastic food, as simple and concise like that.
But let’s go over my lunches, in order to illustrate you guys a bit more.
My first meal was alone, without having reserved a table. I was lucky enough to score a sit at the bar on a busy Friday noon and on the restaurant’s 3rd lunch service.
Why do I mention this? Very simple, because it takes a considerable amount of time to many restaurants to properly consolidate their intentions into reality. At Portal, they got a great thing going on, and that is impressive and admirable.
The dish that I tried was a savory and perfectly braised pork shank with root vegetables pure, apple cider broth, fried shallots, pickled cucumber and mustard leaves. As stated on my Instagram post, it was perfect! Refined and mastered culinary techniques in each and every element of the dish.
The pork was seasoned and braised to perfection, the pure was creamy and silky, the broth was delicate and slightly acidic (proving an accurate balance to the sweetness of the pure), the shallots gave the dish texture and pungency and the pickled cucumber and mustard leaves were pretty and somewhat flavorful elements to round up the dish.
On my second visit -and this time with a fellow foodie- we opted for the pumpkin soup with truffle from Gotland and the polenta with sauteed oyster mushrooms and fresh herbs topped off with parmesano.
Again, simplicity at its best. The restaurant itself prides on serving simple yet great food with high quality ingredients.
The soup was so creamy -slightly buttery to my taste- and absolutely delicious. The natural sugars from the pumpkin were properly complimented by the seasoning. The truffle added that extra luxury and hedonism that we all enjoy every now and then. The polenta was yet another successful dish. Cooked perfectly and enhanced by the richness and “umami-ness” of the mushrooms. The herbs provided freshness and different flavor profiles to the dish.
While eating, me and my friend constantly looked at each other in awe as if we had found gold.
Well, we kind of have. Stockholm has, this restaurant is superb and it has rapidly become a must in the foodie world.
The whole experience is a pleasure. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff, great wine list, good prices and a well-lit space with a super Scandinavian design (always a visual treat).
My suggestion to you is to visit them right after reading my post.
I still need to try their night menu, hopefully soon.
Thanks to the head chef Klas Lindberg and his staff for one of the best dining experiences ever.
And thanks to you guys for reading me.
Have an amazing day, and keep eating 😉