Restaurants in Sweden
If Swedish restaurants are your first introduction to the country's cuisine, you'll find plenty of dishes that make the most of local produce, including berries and mushrooms foraged from the country's forest, but also fish, often served smoked, from the Baltic and North seas while reindeer and other game is more common in the country's north. The country has always been open to foreign influences, and it's not unusual to find French and Italian, and also Cambodian and Ethiopian, dishes at the best restaurants in Sweden.
Stockholm's acclaimed Operkälleran is one of these Sweden restaurants with an international focus to its menu. Housed in the 1895 building behind the Opera House, Operakallaren actually contains four restaurants, a cocktail bar, and event rooms. The main dining room has oak paneling, elaborate chandeliers, paintings by Oscar Bjorck, and large arched windows with views of the Royal Castle. Chef Stefano Catenacci serves Mediterranean cuisine, such as mushroom and black truffle risotto with an olive emulsion, scallops with sorrel sauce, and lamb sweetbreads with greens. The well-respected wine cellar contains 30,000 bottles.
Red-and-white checked tablecloths are a reminder of the 1929 bistro's former incarnation as a blue-collar tavern, and the vibe remains suitably casual. Order moules marinière, then make your way to the bar downstairs for a beer.
Originally opened in Gamla Stan (Old Town), this farm-to-table restaurant is now housed in a former stroller factory in the small suburb of Enskededalen, five miles south of Stockholm.
Everything about Portofino is unassuming: its quiet location in Zinkensdamm, its nondescript brick exterior, and its short menu, which offers five appetizers, five primi piatti entrees, and four main courses.
Dark mood lighting, pulsing music, and friendly waiters keep this place packed. Nibble on Swedish hash browns with Balik salmon roe or veal with duck-liver sauce while you sip schnapps infused with fennel, cumin, and anise into the wee hours.
Owned by Danyel Couet and Melker Andersson of the F12 Group, Le Rouge in Gamla Stan is done in the fin de siècle Parisian-style of Moulin Rouge.