Good morning my friends. Sunday morning is always a good time to embrace new inspirations, that’s why I decided myself to try something completely new for me: raw and vegan food. So I partnered up with Jonna from “Tastesthlm” to have dinner at Matapoteket in Söder.
To be honest, I have never been too drawn to the idea of raw nor vegan food. Strange on me because I like to try everything, but getting out of my comfort zone -in this case is the zone where I know the food is gonna be delicious- was not such a tempting idea. Food that is not cooked and turned into great flavors through the magic of -precisely- cooking? I was a bit skeptical.
I had walked past the café many times and it looked so cute and cozy. And recently, thanks to the “magic” of the blogosphere, I randomly met Jonna. At first I had no idea she was the one behind “Tastesthlm”, so my surprise was big and made us laugh both when I effusively asked her “YOU are the one behind it?”, haha…
We had both heard good things about the place, so we settled on paying a visit together. Thus, trying more food -always a plus when reviewing a restaurant.
The café decor is cute and cozy as a warm spring morning in the countryside, if I must put it into words. The decor is mainly dominated by white wood and flowered elements: real plants and flowers and flowered cushions. A brick wall in the middle of the dining room gives the space a warm and home feeling, making a perfect scenario to eat in peace.
Having a bit of trouble to decide what to get since the menu is extensive and appealing enough to make you wanna try everything, we zero in on the large tapas platter: minivpizza made of dehydrated sunflower seed bread with avocado, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, rocket salad and chasew cream; carrot falafel (semi warm and straight out of the dehydrator at 42 degrees Celsius) with sauerkraut, pickled red onions and chili sauce; “ocean sticks” with tartar sauce, lemon and dill; mainly raw spring rolls with chili and tamari (gluten free soy); leek and Brazil nut dip with linseed crackers.
Also, we chose the beetroot burger with sesame bread, horseradish dressing, pickled cucumber, lettuce and tomato.
And last but not least, we finished off with an acai cake.
The first impression of the food in general me and Jonna had was that it was beautifully presented. Great start.
Then, when eating a bit of everything, we both agreed that it felt fresh and clean, which is one of the best advantages of raw and vegan food. You feel somewhat satisfied but you won’t feel guilty, despite having eaten a lot.
The winner dish was the leek and Brazil nut dip. To our surprise it was incredibly tasty, tying up the sweet tartness of the leek with the creamy and rich flavor of the nut.
All the other dishes were good too, it felt to me like a festival of new textures and flavors of ingredients that I am used to eat cooked.
And, on top of that, if you consider the healthy and environmentally conscious approach of raw and vegan food, Matapoteket is a new favorite of mine.
Thanks a lot to Maria (the owner) that took care of us and explained and shared her knowledge and passion for these foods.
I will be back soon.
You all have a great Sunday my friends.