I will be visiting Stockholm in Sweden in a few weeks and having never been there, I need advice on the best places to hit in 5 days. Expensive or inexpensive, it does not matter. I'm looking for great food that best represents this location. Thank you kindly.
You are going to the Christmas Smörgåsbord chaos which may complicate things. You need to decide for yourself if you want to try one, but 99 out of 100 are quite soulless, however you will get to try a lot of herring and salmon. Here are some suggestions for non Smörgåsbord meals.
Lisa Elmquist in the Östermalm saluhall for lunch. Herring, salmon, shrimp...
Mistral - book quickly. In the Old Town. Modern Skandinavia. Expensive. Dinner
Bakfickan at the Opera - Tons of different home cooking like meatballs. Lunch and dinner.
Clas på hörnet - same type of food as Bakfickan but different atmosphere
Restauranget - at Oxtorget. Modern international tapas. Strongly represents what has been a strong trend in mid to upper class Swedish dining for the past 10 years. Hip atmosphere.
Bla doren (sp?) near slussen subway is a good gastro-pub with quite a few swedish microbrews. also, for an outstanding smorgasbord in a gorgeous setting, ulrikdalsvardshus (http://www.ulriksdalswardshus.se) is very nice. it's on the grounds of one of the royal family's summer palaces just outside of stockholm. it's also got a very decent dinner menu, and one of the best wine lists in the country.
other things you've got to try:
--hot dogs from a street vendor
--fresh grilled herring from a street vendor (usually served with mashed potatoes
)Another tip. Gamla Stan (old town) is gorgeous, but most of the restos are way too pricy for what they are.
For gourmet (very expensive) dining try F12 http://www.f12.se/
Also owned by the same group are Grill and Kungholmen which are more casual and much less expensive but also have good food. Grill specialises in grilled foods with an eclectic global menu http://www.grill.se/upload/pdf/GrillM.... Kungsholmen could best be described as an upscale food court with various bars specialising in different types of food - sushi, bistro, grill, etc with a great location right on the water. http://www.kungsholmen.com/
For delicious modern Swedish-French food, a friendly atmosphere with moderate prices (moderate for Stockholm at least), try Rolfs Kök http://www.rolfskok.se/
Thanks for the advice. As it turns out, the final two weeks of the year, most restaurants are closed, but aside from a lot of Moose Burgers, and Herring, I did visit Pontus in the Green House and had one of the best meals of my life with Des and Martin Brathwaite Mörk. Thanks again!