Stockholm is a city with many restaurants. You find the budget ones, the top end ones, the touristy ones, the good ones and the bad ones. In this article, I am listing three of my favourite midrange restaurants in Sweden’s capital.
Grodan, which means the frog, is probably the restaurant I have visited most times in my life. Every other Saturday I meet up my friend Lotta there for lunch. During the wintertime, we always sit in the bar area. But there is also a lounge and a formal dining room as well as an all year outdoor seating.
I always have the soup of the month and Lotta always has the traditional Swedish dish raggmunk. Raggmunk is a potato pancake with bacon and lingonberry, but Lotta has the vegetarian alternative with seasonal mushrooms and lingonberry.
If you have brought you dog to Stockholm, you can bring it to Grodan. This means the place is very popular for dog owners during lunch time on weekends.
Where to find it: Grev Turegatan 16, City Centre/Östermalm. Homepage.
Surfers opened in Stockholm late 2015, after having had a very popular sister restaurant on the Swedish island Gotland for many years. The concept is Asian inspired dishes in small portions. Every person need two or three dishes and every dish is 95 SEK. Some of the dishes, like the extremely spicy chicken in red oil and the auspicious shrimp balls, have been part of the menu since for ever, while others are replaced a couple of times every year.
The interior is really something special and all tables on the upper floor are drop in tables. But be prepared to wait if you have not made a reservation.
Why the place is called Surfers when they serve Asian food? I have no idea.
Where to find it: Regeringsgatan 88, City Centre/Östermalm. Homepage.
Stockholm´s Old Town is packed with bad and expensive touristy restaurants. Luckily there are some exceptions. The restaurant Österlånggatan 17, which shares its name with its location, opened last year. Again, the concept is sharing is caring, meaning you order several small dishes and share them. But they also have main courses if you like to have your own food on your own plate.
The dishes are inspired by classical Swedish food, Mexican tacos, Italian ham and cheeses and they change most of the dishes a couple of times a year.
Be sure to head for Österlånggatan 17 if you should get hungry while being in the Old Town. The restaurants on touristy Västerlånggatan will cost you more, and you will probably be disappointed by the taste.
Where to find it: Österlånggatan 17, Old Town. Homepage.