Category Archives: Swedish

Vete-Katten – Stockholm, Sweden

I still have one more item to check-of on my to-eat list: fika.  Fika is a Swedish term that means to have a drink and something sweet.

Near our hotel is Vete-Katten, one of the most famous cafe & bakery in Stockholm.

I had the Princess Cake…a traditional Swedish cake consisting of alternating layers of sponge cake, whipped cream, thick pastry cream and a layer of green marzipan on top.  I didn’t like the marzipan because it was too sweet but the cake was ok…



Kungsgatan 55  111 22 Stockholm, Sweden
08-20 84 05


Restaurant Pelikan – Stockholm, Sweden

The last restaurant/beer hall I had to try in Stockholm is Pelikan.  Pelikan is recommended by many guidebooks and foodies as a place to try traditional Swedish fare.

SOS (assorted pickled herring and cheese)….The herring is too salty.. and it’s probably my fault for not pairing it with the cheese…

meatballs with cream sauce, gherkins and lingonberries… The meatballs are gigantic!!!!

fried salted bacon with creamy onion sauce…  only a few slices of bacon for 178 SEK!

crayfish toast with lavaret roe… We just had the toast from Lisa Elmqvist for lunch, so in comparison, this did not taste fresh.

Swedish beefsteak with parsley butter, tomato salad and fried new potatoes….  The steak was extremely tough….

Because we had such good meals previously, Pelikan was such a disappointment.

FAIM? un peu…

Restaurant Pelikan 

Blekingegatan 40  116 62 Stockholm, Sweden
08-556 090 90

Lisa Elmqvist @ Östermalms Saluhall – Stockholm, Sweden

I wanted to try Lisa Elmqvist, a famous seafood restaurant at Östermalm’s Saluhall (food market) which is recommended by the Michelin guide.  Lisa Elmqvist also sells seafood so we’re assured of the seafood quality!

We asked for a table and the waitress seated us at Gerda Johansson, next to Lisa Elmqvist.  She assured us that both restaurants are the same.. oddly enough, the names are different but the food comes from the same kitchen, has the same menu and same waiters.

For lunch, we ordered:

fish soup of the house with aioli and garlic bread.. my parents had the soup to share and they kindly split it for us.  The half portion is presented like the regular portion! The fish soup tasted rich and had a lot of fish chunks.

smoked salmon served with scrambled eggs….

CRAY FISH TOAST with 200g cray fish tails, garlic, leek, mayonnaise and parsley on toast, garnished with trout roe……  This was amazing! Creamy and lots of fresh-tasting cray fish!


Lisa Elmqvist

Östermalm Saluhall Market Hall, Östermalmstorg, Östermalm, 114 39 Stockholm, Sweden                                                                                                                             Tel. (46) 08-553-40-400                                                                                                    Open Monday-Thursday 9.30am-6pm, Friday 9.30am-7pm, Saturday 9.30am-4pm. Closed Sundays

PA & Co – Stockholm, Sweden

PA & Co serves contemporary Swedish food with a Asian/French twist and it was the best meal we had in Stockholm.

Located in the posh area of Östermalm, PA & Co is a favourite among the city’s business, cultural and fashion elite. I was reading an article about Flippa K’s designer and she said her favourite restaurant in Stockholm is PA & Co!

salt fried smoked shrimps with chipotle aioli…  Such a neat presentation with the shrimps lying on a bed of sea salt… small succulent shrimps, mouthwatering aroma..amazing!

clay pot herring… this is a twist from the traditional prepared herring because this version is served hot, which I liked better.

Swedish hash brown (potato pancake) with whitefish roe, sour cream and red onion…   Love this! Crispy hash brown with 2 big scoops of roe! The sour cream made the hash brown less dry…

green curry with roasted duck breast, vegetables and cashew… dad loved this curry..

bacon cheese burger….

grilled sardines with mango/yuzu butter, vegetables and french fries…. one of the largest sardines I’ve ever tried!

gino… this is a Swedish dessert.. fruits covered with grated white chocolate, baked and served with ice-cream..

The food here is inventive, tastes good and the portions are relatively large.. and kind of justifies the hefty price (1300 SEK around 200 CAD)!


PA & Co

Riddargatan 8  114 35 Stockholm, Sweden
08-611 08 45

Bakfickan @ The Royal Opera House – Stockholm, Sweden

The Royal Swedish Opera isn’t just the national stage for opera and ballet but also the home of 2 restaurants, the expensive Operakällaren and the less-expensive Bakfickan.

Bakfikan is famous for its traditional Swedish dishes and is extremely popular with the tourists!

Lightly salted salmon with dill creamed potatoes…..

Saturday special…Swedish sausage, duck tongue and potato

 Diced tenderloin of beef, diced potatoes, fried onions and egg yolk… brother said this was the best dish he had in Sweden!

I had the Swedish meatballs with potato purée served with lingonberry preserve and pickled gherkin but I ate it before taking a photo :(. I’ve never tried Swedish meatballs before (not even the ones from Ikea!) but it tasted like regular meatballs except it’s a lot larger!


Bakfickan @ The Royal Opera House

Jakobs torg 12  111 52 Stockholm, Sweden

Nystekt Strömming – Stockholm, Sweden

After crossing the bridge from Gamla Stan (Old Town) into Södermalm (the setting of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), there’s a square where you can find the most famous food stall in Stockholm.
Nystekt Strömming (means newly fried herring) is famous for it’s fried herring (big surprise there)!

fried herring with mashed potato, lettuce, onion lingonberry sauce and  knäckebrod  (Swedish hard bread)…. The herring wasn’t too oily and didn’t have a thick batter.  Loved the lingonberry sauce.. not too sour! Lingonberry is a staple in Nordic cuisine.

Again, to put into perspective how expensive Sweden is, this fast food costs around $12 CAD!


Nystekt Strömming

outside Slussen subway station

Södermalm, Stockholm

Sturehof – Stockholm, Sweden

Just came back a family trip to Sweden, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium and France! Thanks to Chowhound and Trip Advisor recommendations, we had a culinary blast!

Our first stop was Stockholm and everything’s so expensive there. On average, a meal for the 4 of us (shared appetizers, 4 mains, without drinks) was more than 1000 SEK (150 CAD)!

The first meal we had in Stockholm was dinner at Sturehof!

Sturehof is Stockholm’s most classic brasserie and has been around for more than a century! We arrived at Sturehof around 8pm on a Friday night and the place was packed with trendy Stockholmers. There was an hour wait for a seat on the terrace (facing the Stureplan square) so we decided to wait for a table in the dining room.

Swedish cuisine is famous for herring and Sturehof is famous for its fish and seafood.

That isn’t plain butter but whipped butter with caviar!  The butter was so soft, rich and tasted like caviar.  Sooo good that we got a third plate of butter!

5 sorts of herring (herb and garlic, pickled, mustard, Sturehof, Norrona matjes) with Swedish cheese… This is the classic Swedish dish but I didn’t really like it because the herring is extremely salty. I think the cheese is there to balance the saltiness but I don’t eat cheese!

Toast Skagen (prawns in mayonnaise and bleak roe)…. This is another Stockholm specialty.. tasted really good.. but 195 SEK ($30 CAD) for toast is a bit too much!

Sturehof’s bouillabaisse with parmesan and rouille…. Mom ordered this and said it was average.

cod cheek “fish and chips” with fried parsley and remoulade sauce…. My brother had this and he said it was one of the best fish & chips he ever had.. but $30CAD for fish & chips!

My dad had the grilled char (on the bone) with beetroots and horseraddish creme. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture because it’s rare for a Western restaurant to serve a whole fish!



Stureplan 2  114 46 Stockholm, Sweden
08-440 57 30