Good evening my foodie friends, hope everybody is doing awesome and eating delicious food. And if you are not, I gotcha!
Have you been to Lokal Izakaya Restaurant?
Located in Rådhuset, Kungsholmen, the restaurant concept is pretty straight forward. It’s based in a sort of tapas-style menu of starters and medium-sized dishes with a clear fusion of the Asian and modern Swedish kitchens.
What does this mean? Polished and refined culinary techniques that compliment the flavors of the Asian cuisine with Swedish produce and ingredients.
What I like the most about the place is the unpretentious approach to the dining experience, both in the food, service and drinks departments.
The restaurant is elegantly decorated in black and it invites you to relax, sit down and have an outstanding experience.
But enough chit-chat, let’s talk food!
We started off with delicious cocktails, being the Samurai Tea Party in particular an absolute crowd-pleaser. Gin, Umeshu (a Japanese liqueur), lemon, tea sugar, egg white and sage powder for that bitterness to balance out and round up every sip of it.
Then came the tuna tataki with enoki mushrooms, pickled chili, spring onions, hazelnuts and shiso cress; the roasted cauliflower with Korean barbecue sauce, sweet potato crisp, spring onions, pickled cauliflower in lingonberry juice and dehydrated shiitake mushroom grated on top; and the steam buns with pork belly and duck.
As you can see, the playfulness of their food concept is key to the whole experience and it should be meant and understood that way.
Expect unusual combinations and please oh please do not be afraid to try new ingredients and flavors that can seem “odd” to you. The chefs know what they are doing. Just trust them, get carried away and enjoy the food ride.
For mains we chose the ramen bowl with pork belly, udon noodles, bok choy, green radish, spring onions, pickled chili, roasted cabbage and soy-pickled egg; and the grilled beef tenderloin with tempura-fried yucca, sauteed seasonal mushrooms, chili sauce and burnt butter foam.
Two dishes that, despite being under the medium-sized category, are substantial and certainly filling.
The ramen bowl in particular is my favorite. I am a sucker for rich, deep and flavorful broths. They pair so fantastically well with noodles, eggs and fresh and crunchy raw veggies.
The beef dish is also quite pleasing. Grilled to a medium rare state of perfection, the meat speaks for itself and it’s complimented beautifully with the chewiness-on-the-inside and crispiness-on-the-outside of the yucca fried in tempura batter, the lightly stingy chili sauce and the rich and fluffy burn butter foam.
Last but not least and as every single dinner MUST be ended, dessert time.
We opted for the passion fruit parfait with hazelnut soft crumble, berries and white wine and passion fruit coulis. The other dessert is actually one of my all-time faves! Doughy chocolate chip topped off with dulce de leche, berries, sweet n’ salty roasted pistachios and topped off with a decadent and massive quenelle of salted caramel ice cream. Heavy? Yes!
Fatty? Yes! Worth it? Absolutely!!!
And for those of you party enthusiasts, the restaurants turns into a super fun night club on Fridays and Saturdays with live djs and one of the best parties in Stockholm’s club scene nowadays. To stay updated on their opening times, events and so on you can follow them on their Instagram.
And hey, let me know when you have visited them and tell me all about your experience.
Enjoy yourself and don’t forget to keep on eating and traveling.
Best of vibes from your Latino food blogger friend, bye now 🙂
P.s. For creative, casual and colorful cocktails pay a visit to Diego and Sebbe, bartenders at Lemon Bar, adjacent to Lokal Izakaya.