I have said before how fabulous the food scene in Stockholm is, and written about the fantastic tastings we enjoyed on our Stockholm food walking tour. We also had some fantastic restaurant meals during our long weekend in the city.
Restaurants in Stockholm are wonderfully inventive, offering high quality cooking that references food influences from all around the world. There’s also a leaning towards small plate menus allowing smaller parties of couples and solo diners to try a great range of dishes at each restaurant.
Read on to learn more about my three favourites from our long weekend in the city.
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Nytorget 6, Södermalm
This place is buzzing and hugely popular, so reservations are recommended. It’s a snug space – we actually shared a table for four with another couple – so don’t pick this restaurant if you need your personal space! We loved it.
The small plate menu is split into small starters, mini tacos, cold and hot appetisers, mains, rotisserie dishes, cheeses and desserts.
We ordered five dishes to start, and another three after that.
Drinks and a gorgeous bread basket with whipped butter were delivered first, and then our ordered dishes.
Our first five were Chili cheese a la N6 (80 sek), Cod fritters with tarragon aioli (89 sek), Grilled Argentinian scarlet shrimps with avocado cream and citronette (85 sek), Mini burger with truffle cream (95 sek) and Taco with grilled Iberico, goat cheese cream, roasted onion and coriander (75 sek).
After these, we ordered three more – Mini scallops with aioli (95 sek), Small potato dumplings with lingonberries and brown butter (75 sek) and Burrata with green asparagus, planed radishes, olive powder and bread crisp (155 sek). The burrata was from the appetisers section and a touch larger in portion than the previous dishes, but not by much.
Everything was delicious, though if I were to pick a couple I’d recommend less enthusiastically, I’d say the taco and the burrata. Runners up for our favourite included the scarlet shrimp and cod fritters. The winning dish was the potato dumplings which were indescribably light and pillowy soft and utterly perfect with the brown butter sauce and sweet tart lingonberries.
Urban Deli, Södermalm
There are three branches of Urban Deli in Stockholm, including the Norrmalm branch that we visited during our food tour. It was the taster of Korean beef tartare that made us so keen to visit them Södermalm branch, that and our quick visit the night before – it’s right next door to Nytorget 6.
Urban Deli is a fascinating idea – a high end deli-supermarket combined with a bar and restaurant with an eclectic and varied menu.
Fresh seafood is bountiful, but you will also find charcuterie, grilled sausages and steaks.
We started with a starter size of the Korean steak tartare, described as minced beef, Korean mustard, red onion, cilantro, scallions, sesame, chili mayonnaise (125 sek, also available in full size with fries 235 sek) and half a Boiled crab with Korean mustard and lemon (135 sek, 245 for the whole).
The tartare was as good we remembered from the taster, the korean flavours working beautifully with the beef. The crab was enormous and kept me busy for ages, digging out its fresh sweet flesh.
Next, a Spicy salmon salad of blackened salmon, root vegetables, lettuce and cabbage in thom paa, chili mayonnaise, coriander, sesame, peanuts, mandu sauce (205 sek) along with a Tomato and onion salad (55 sek) and Fries (45 sek).
This salad was phenomenal! The perfect balance of textures and flavours, every bite a delight. It took much willpower not to abandon plans to visit other restaurants and return for this one dish night after night!
Even the simple tomato and onion salad was exceptionally good, each variety of tomato bringing a different intense flavour to the whole. Excellent fries too.
And the kind of place you can stop in for a quick bite or linger longer for drinks and a feast.
Bistro Oaxen Slip, Djurgården
The more casual sister restaurant to Oaxen Krog, Slip is more informal and less expensive than its sibling but still the most expensive of my three.
Named for the island where the original restaurant started over 2 decades ago, the Oaxen family of restaurants are now located on Djurgården, where you’ll also find many of Stockholm’s popular museums as well as a small amusement park called Gronda Land. Easy to reach via the number 7 tram from central Stockholm, the restaurants are housed in what I think is a converted fishing warehouse, right on the water’s edge by the wooden pedestrian bridge across to Beckholmen and there’s also a houseboat hotel moored nearby for those who want to overnight.
In warmer weather, diners are invited to sit outside under the vast sail that provides welcome shade.
We visited for Sunday lunch, and ordered a selection of small dishes from the brunch menu.
The drinks list is as interesting as the food, with several beers including local ones (75-95 sek), a range of wines by the glass or bottle, and an interesting cocktail list too.
I really loved my homemade Mint lemonade (45 sek), so light, fresh and refreshing.
We started with Oaxen cold cuts, pickled vegetables & horseradish (165 sek), and a bread basket with one of the tastiest crispbreads we tried over our visit.
The charcuterie was good, rich and fatty and full of flavour. The pickles were even better, sharp and sweet and freshly crunchy.
After the charcuterie, the rest of our dishes came together. Deep fried chicken with lactic fermented tomato & chilli sauce, salad of celery and kohlrabi (140 sek), Shaved vegetable salad with hazelnut vinaigrette & apple (55 sek), Smoked Norrøna herring with brown butter, lukewarm potato salad with chopped egg & herbs (165 sek) and Roasted brioche wtih 63° egg, hollandaise sauce, ramson and paprika-spiced sauce (165 sek).
All were good but the brioche with wild garlic leaves and pesto and that perfectly cooked egg hidden under its thin blanket of salami wowed, as did the sweet sour pickled herring, perfect with the potato and egg salad.
Last, we shared the Bread pudding with brown butter, jam and vanilla ice cream (110), dense and moist with crisp edges and gorgeous with the lashings of fruity jam and ice cream.
Of our three restaurants, the dishes we enjoyed at Oaxen were most tied to the local landscape, with many ingredients coming from the restaurant’s own farm.
All three restaurants served us some exceptional dishes, excited our tastebuds and were visual works of art to boot.
Have you visited any of these restaurants? What did you think and what were your favourite dishes? And, more importantly, which are the places we should check out on our next visit, because the one thing that’s certain is that we definitely want to eat more of Stockholm, and soon!