When you visit my country Sweden you have to eat some local Swedish traditional dishes. And you can do it verycheap too. If you visit the IKEA restaurant and have a lunch there, you pay only 2 euros for a meal.
Oh well…. Peterson’s Krog is such an excellent restaurant, it is… the best! However, I can only write prosa here and am not able to give prices, because.. yes, because my visit on Käringön and dinner at Peterson’s Krog was my birthday gift from dear Simone and Åke. They could not have selected a better one, and to be precise no one but them could have selected a better one than the island and this restaurant, because it was special. All was special. The restaurant itself is located at Käringön’s harbour, and the interior decoration is very pleasant, very pretty with little maritime things here and there. They divided the surface into several little rooms, which makes it even more intimate to dine here. And yes, it is dining (not merely eating). Their dishes… oh my god, it was pure seafood heaven! The starters consisted of three different fish in different preparation: sill (herring), salmon and another and they all melted on the tongue. My main dish was a white fish, Långa in Swedish, common ling in English, covered with a thin lemony crust on vegetables and served with mashed potatoes. I swear that the mashed potatoes tasted better than anywhere on the planet! I don’t like mashed potatoes but here I could have ordered more and more and more. And the desert… sweet Simone & Åke obviously told them that it was my birthday and so they came with the desert decorated with a burning sparkler and sang happy birthday. How cute!! I am sure that I had tears in my eyes because I was so moved.
As I said: I do not know how much the bill came to, because it was part of my birthday gift. But have a look at Simone’s page, she also describes the magic of Peterson’s Krog.
Favorite Dish: Oh, and I forgot one important thing: Peterson's Krog have this lovely habit to hand out postcards to their guests and even mail these for them. So we all three wrote the postcard to a certain Ingrid D. in a certain town i Germany telling her how much fun we had and that we wished she would have been wish us. This card is now hanging at home at a special place and will forever remind me of this most magic day :-) Thanks again, dear S & Å :-)
Exact location of Peterson's Krog, Käringön, on google maps.
nearest airport: Göteborg
© Ingrid D., October 2009 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)
If you miss a good pub in Sweden, look no further. Bishops Arms is a whole chain of pubs which look as English as you will find in Sweden. This is because the interiors are bought from various places in England and imported. For instance the Malmö pub has an interior from a victorian church...Apart from this, the pubs have a very good selection of beers from all over Europe and of whiskies. Just look for the blue door which is their sign. They are attached to the Elite hotel chain and you find them in Stockholm, Göteborg, Malmö, Växjö, Västerås, Norrköping, Lund, Helsingborg, Örebro, Sundsvall, Karlstad, Jönköping and Luleå.
Favorite Dish: Any good English ale.
Tant Brun (Auntie Brown) Café is located at Laurentii Gränd just within a stone's throw from the Tourist Information Office at Old Town in Sigtuna. Consider taking a coffee/tea break at this excellent early 17th century environment café when you are having a vacation in Sigtuna. The coffeehouse is popular for its home-made pies. You can choose between apple, raspberry and blueberry pies. All pies are excellent and delicious, it has to be said! Prices are 33.00 SEK per piece. Tea/coffee in copper pot costs 25.00 SEK per person. Waitresses are dressed in brown traditional costumes. Opening hours are between 10.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. daily.
Favorite Dish: Raspberry and blueberry pies are highly recommended.
An expensive experience but worth every penny. I've already mentioned this one on my Stockholm page but it is one of the best in Sweden! Where else can you sit and eat in a wonderful wooden restaurant whilst admiring an archipelago with constantly changing views? The food served are mostly Swedish specialities of a high class. An idea is to catch the boat to Vaxholm and then as you leave the boat to explore, reserve a table for the return sailing back to Stockholm when you've walked around and got hungry.
Favorite Dish: Ångbåtsbiff - mince beef cooked on the steam ship's boiler and served with loads of fried onion.
Swedish bread is a love-hate thing for many people. We lack a lot of the German-Danish rye bread culture even if those are available in good supermarkets, and most bread is white or varieties thereof. Many are also quite sweet as sirup is used in the doughs. If you go for sandwiches in a Swedish cafe, you might find inspiration from all over the world today and hummus, sun dried tomatoes and so on are common. But if you want something typically Swedish, you might well find either cod caviar paste with eggs on top, prawns, egg and mayo or the famous meatballs with a creamy beetroot salad as in the picture.
"Husmanskost" simply means the sort of food served at home. Nowadays not always homecooked neither at home nor in restaurants but good Swedish restaurants take pride in having at least one typical Swedish homecooked dish on the menu and you often find international restaurants serving something to get more sceptical Swedes in, the way English curry houses have fish & chips at the bottom of their menus.
My picture shows "raggmunk med fläsk" which is a Swedish rösti with fried salty pork. Other specialities include the famous meatballs, Falu sausage, Småland isterband, kroppkaka from Öland, pölsa in the north of Sweden, beef mince with lots of fried onion, pike with horseradish or veal in dill ("Dillkött") to name a few. Most are rather heavy as they are based on a society where people did much more manual labour than today.
Favorite Dish: There's lots...Salty pork with a white onion sauce and potatoes is a favourite as is the raggmunk in the picture :)))
A very typical Swedish dish is the plank steak. It can come as a "fish plank" but usually involves a steak instead. Famous chef Tore Wretman has the claim to fame for inventing it some decades ago but these days you get all sorts of varieties and qualities in the smallest village pizza place. It is simply a steak put on a wooden plank and served with sprinkled potato mash around the edges. Should be served with sauce bearnaise and is usually accompanied by bacon wrapped beans or asparagus and a grilled tomato. This dish is often sold as a "special offer" in average restaurants and if the meat is of a good cut it is then good value for money if you're really hungry.
A very typical thing in Swedish restaurants is a small wooden box of prawns. Of course to remind you of fishing boxes, these are not only full of prawns but of all things to go with it such as bread and butter and mayonnaise or aioli, as well as a wipe for afters of course :) For natural reasons, these gorgeous things are at their best in Göteborg and the province north of it, where the prawns can even be local and fresh rather than frozen from the Arctic Sea.
Restaurants in Sweden are quite expensive. In general, it's cheaper to go out for lunch, as most restaurants will either have a buffet or a set number of dishes that you can choose from, for about 60-70 SEK per person. This price almost always includes salad, one soft drink (or mineral water) and coffee/tea too. Usually the lunch hours are between 11 AM or noon and 2 PM, sometimes longer, sometimes shorter.
In the evenings, however, there is mostly only the à la carte menu, where dishes even in cheaper restaurants (pizzerias/fast food joints not included) usually cost from 70-80 SEK upwards, and to this you have to add the cost for drinks etc.
In short, if you plan to eat only one meal out per day, try going out for lunch rather than dinner.
"Fika" (pronounced FEE-kuh) is a word you will hear in Sweden. It means coffee or tea with something sweet, like a cinnamon roll or a Danish pastry (which Swedes call "wienerbröd" - bread from Vienna). If I'm going to meet my friends, we often go to a café to have a fika and chat. Usually the fika is in the afternoon, between lunch and dinner, but really, any time can be fika time...
Sometimes I think Swedish people are obsessed with their fika. A lot of foreign people who come to work in Sweden have noticed that the morning and afternoon fika breaks seem to be very important events in the work day... :-)
Favorite Dish: Kanelbulle (cinnamon roll) or chokladboll (made from oats, cocoa powder, butter and sugar, and coated with shredded coconut or sugar crystals). But there are many other "traditional" Swedish pastries and cookies.
Every year before Christmas a lot of restaurants will have "julbord" (literally "Christmas table") which is the traditional food that Swedish people have on Christmas. For some reason we can't just eat it on Christmas Eve (and the leftovers for days - or weeks - afterwards), but we have to eat it at least once before the actual holiday too...I never really understood it, but then I don't like the Christmas food much to begin with. :-)
The contents of the julbord will vary slightly between different parts of the country, but most will have at least ham, pickled fish, meatballs, small sausages, beet salad, etc. It is usually served buffet-style so you can pick whatever you want and how much you want.
Some restaurants start serving julbord as early as November, but most only offer it in December. Mostly they will have it on specified days only.
Have you ever seen spettekaka before? Well, I hadn't, hahaha, so I was fascinated by it. Spettekaka is a traditional Skåne sweet cake. Spettekaka is a meringue-like cake, created by drizzling the batter (dozens of beaten eggs, sugar and a bit of potato flour) slowly over a cone-shaped spit rotating over a slow fire. This forms many lacy layers.
Spettekaka is not a tiny cake, hahaha, these spettekaka's can be really big! I saw this spettekaka on a christmas market and of course I had to make a picture of it for VT. The lady behind the counter looked at me and I was afraid she would ask me not to take photos. But nothing was further from the truth. The lady smiled and offered me a bit of spettekaka to taste instead, mmmmm, I have to say it tasted yummie!!! But it also shows the friendliness of the people, something that keeps surprising me everywhere I go in Sweden. Hahaha, I guess this is one of the reasons that I love this country so much :-)
Budgit travelers or students or any other!
Listen up. On a Friday evening between 5pm and 7pm certain restaurants in Avenyn and in other streets, take a good look and see if you can find a place that have the poster, After work!. At some of these places you only buy the drinks, and perhaps pay for your coat, then you can eat for free from the certain buffet. Just watch out, some dishes could be hot! But otherwise really festive and budgit way of eating out!
Let's continue with some seafood, because you can find this item very often on the menu list: Salmon! Or 'Lax' in Swedish. In the picture you can see salmon being grilled on the barbeque, but this is not the only way Swedes love to eat their salmon.
Other popular salmon dishes are:
Gravad Lax: This salmon is pickled with sugar, dill and salt. Don't get scared away by that description though, the pickling is very subtle leaving the salmon tasting delicious.
Rökt Lax: this is smoked salmon, also served in thin slices. You can even buy two varieties of this one, kaltrökt (cold smoked salmon) and warmrökt (warm smoked salmon) and both do taste delicious.
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