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#1 Post by Marshall Gelb » July 29th, 2019, 4:01 pm

We will be going to Stockholm & Oslo next year and would love any advice this esteemed board can offer. There doesn't seem to be much, especially current thoughts. Restaurants, hotels, sights......all is appreciated. [thankyou.gif]


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#2 Post by AD Northup » July 29th, 2019, 5:58 pm

Send me a PM and I’ll dig out emails I’ve sent friends (lived in Stockholm for 4 years)
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#3 Post by Ian Sutton » July 30th, 2019, 5:58 am

It's been a while, and I don't think I took notes, so just general comments on Stockholm

Really enjoyed it, a great place to walk around, but also with wonderful options of ferry rides to specific islands, plus a good metro/train network if wanting to branch out further. It is expensive, so factor that firmly into your mind before going, budget for it, then spend without questioning individual transactions every time. Some great food, from cloudberries to reindeer and wonderful fish. Brilliant mushrooms as well, but I don't know how much makes it to the shops.

Supermarkets can stock lower alcohol beers, but if you want wine or normal / higher strength beers, then these are sold in the state monopoly stores - we didn't go in, but did have a look online and the range is pretty wide and prices not as bad as other state monopoly stores in Scandanavia
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#4 Post by David K o l i n » July 30th, 2019, 6:30 am

For a comfortable, fairly well located hotel, check out the Diplomat. On the waterfront (if you can get a waterfront room, please do) and Dux beds.

Stockholm is awesome and was an unexpected surprise - I wasn't expecting that the city was set on an archipelago. And prepare to feel short and dark.

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#5 Post by RyanC » July 30th, 2019, 6:59 am

I was in Stockholm last summer--one of my favorite cities on earth: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=153005&hilit=stockholm

Short recommendation: dine at Sturehof and explore the archipelago.
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#6 Post by George Hejna » July 30th, 2019, 7:39 am

We were in Stockholm for 3 nights last summer. It is a wonderful and beautiful city. Like others have said if you can get out on the water it is amazing. It was an anniversary trip and we stayed at The Grand Hotel. It was a lot of money and I was not overly impressed. It felt in need of updating/refreshing. We were upgraded to a suite overlooking the harbor. Which was very nice but I don't think it was nearly worth the tarif. That being said the hotel bar is amazing, don't miss it. We had a wonderful meal at Oaxen Krog. The Vasa museum with the Swedish warship is great. The people are wonderful (yes very tall and blond). Also if you can fly SAS it has been my favorite European airline so far. They just redid a lot of their Biz class cabins. Really nice.

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#7 Post by Randall McFarlane » July 30th, 2019, 8:20 am

We stayed five nights in a suite at the Grand Hotel when we were there last summer--we were quite pleased with the place, although it was quite pricey. I'll second George's comments about the Vasa museum.

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#8 Post by David K o l i n » July 30th, 2019, 8:39 am

There are a couple of old synagogues that are nice. One is attached to Raoul Wallenberg park, which is worth a walk through, and one is attached to the Holocaust museum. +2 on the Vasa

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#9 Post by Magnus Solhjell » July 31st, 2019, 4:42 am

I live in Oslo. I have two small children, so I don't have the overview of the Oslo restaurant scene that I used to have, but I can provide some of my favourites. I'll probably add more as I remember them.

We went to A l'Aise for my birthday this year and I loved it. It is fine dining done pretty much exactly right. The food is classical French with a few modern twists, but the twists are done very well and not as a show off. The wine menu is very good and relatively reasonably priced. The service is excellent and not too stiff, many French fine dining places could learn a thing or two here.
https://www.alaise.no/
Another option in that category is Statholdergaarden, also a fine choice.

In the new Nordic scene, Kontrast is getting great reviews, but I haven't had the chance to go there yet myself.

More casual places I like include Let Benjamin, Chez Colin and Brasserie Blanche.

There are some great sushi places in Oslo, the best is Omakase Oslo, but Alex is also great. If you are here in summer, Solsiden is a good seafood restaurant on the waterfront.

One thing that really shouldn't be missed in Oslo is the coffee bars. There are quite a few really good ones, my favourites are Supreme Roastworks and Tim Wendelboe, but Fuglen is also good and a good example of Scandinavian design.

When it comes to wine bars, I recommend Territoriet.

You may have heard of the Gustav Vigeland Park and museum, and it is certainly worth a visit. His brother's museum and mausoleum is much less known, but really special and one of my favourite museums.

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#10 Post by Marshall Gelb » August 4th, 2019, 10:10 am

Magnus: Thank you so much! Wonderful information.

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#11 Post by Adam Frisch » August 4th, 2019, 11:40 am

Marshall!

Born and bred in Stockholm. It's a beautiful city and was a wonderful place to grow up. Haven't lived home in almost 20 years, but go each year and have a lot of family there still. So I'll try to recommend the classics and not the newest stuff, as I'm not clued up on that.

For RESTAURANTS I would suggest a few classics:

1. Prinsen - try to get table and sit outside. It’s great people watching. At least one of you should order a Toast Skagen as a starter and the meat eater should order Wallenbergare. Divine stuff. You’ll find that the Swedish food is excellent generally, bit of an undiscovered cuisine in my opinion. Another great starter is Löjromstoast (Bleak Roe Toast) and main dish classic is Biff Rydberg. Prinsen is a little more steakhousy, not fine dining, but you can’t come in sweatpants either. Perfect for a lunch as well or whenever is best for people watching. Good thing it gets dark really late up there in summers so you can still sit outside at 8pm. http://restaurangprinsen.eu/en/

2. PA&Co is another Swedish classic, and more for locals. Little more laidback compared to Prinsen. Normally with good daily specials. Excellent food. http://www.paco.se

3. Teatergrillen - sumptous red velvet interior and good food. Great for a late night dinner after drinking. http://www.teatergrillen.se

4. Den Gyldene Freden (The Golden Peace) is a classic high end dining place that’s been in the beautiful old town sine 1722. It’s a little more formal, but food is world class. Michelin star. Perfect place for lunch or dinner as you explore the old town - which is unmissable! http://gyldenefreden.se/

5. Ulla Winbladh is another classic on the island of Djurgården (there’s a bridge), so it’s a nice walk to walk by all the boats on Strandvägen, then cross the bridge to the island and eat lunch here. It’s like an inn, in it’s own beautiful building. Look at the website and you’ll see. Kinda high end, but casual enough. http://www.ullawinbladh.se/en/swedish-c ... nvironment

6. In the mood for world class fish? Wedholms Fisk is a Michelin star fish restaurant and Bengt Wedholm who started it is like a god in Swedish cuisine. He took Swedish fish to another level. But it’s very high end fine dining, so try to get a table early if you want this. It’s worth it. http://wedholmsfisk.se

7. Fem Små Hus (Five Little Houses) another high end dining experience in the old town. Not quite as fancy as Den Gyldene Freden, but almost. You can dine in the 12th century vaults downstairs.

BREAKFAST/PASTRYS:

Sweden do these magical shrimp sandwiches. You’ll see them everywhere, but I would suggest going to Wiener Cafe which is right in the middle of the shopping district and order one of those. It’s right in the middle, has excellent food and a cool interior. It's called räksmörgås. They also have excellent pastries and coffee, so a good afternoon stop as well when you need a little pickup. http://wienercafeet.com

Also, make sure you have Toast Skagen as a starter for every dinner. That's like crack.

For DRINKS:

Check with the locals what the newest and cool places are. Probably more on Södermalm, which is like the cool hipster area since about 20 years. I’m out of touch with this, so I’ll just name some of the classics.

1. Riche. Classic, excelllent bar that never goes out of style. Always hip. Also a great place to sit outside an people watch and sip on an Irish Coffee (if it’s cold), or a wine or beer if its hot. http://www.riche.se/

2. Kvarnen. A classic on Södermalm. Been there forever and you can chose the upstairs that’s been unchanged forever and the newer bar downstairs. Used to be rowdy, but not anymore. http://www.kvarnen.com/index.php/se/

3. Pelikan. A true beer hall classic, also on Södermalm. Used to be local alcoholics, but now gone hip. http://www.pelikan.se/en/

4. Mosebacke. This sits on top of a hill on Södermalm and has views all over Stockholm. Great beer garden and a good bar inside. It’s shared with the Theatre, so you enter through the Södra Teatern entrance if the garden steps are closed. Excellent place for getting drunk and on a summer afternoon or evening. http://sodrateatern.com

MUSEUMS:

1. I’d go see the Vasa Museum. It’s this preserved man-o-war/warship that sunk on her maiden voyage in the bay there. It’s a great insight into how people lived then and how they constructed ships - and what went wrong with this one. BTW, if you go see it, you’re really close to the restuarnt Ulla Winbladh, just saying…;) http://www.vasamuseet.se/en

2. Livrustkammaren. If you’re interested in armory, warfare, clothing etc there’s a great museum at the palace where they showcase all the guns, swords, armour and clothing, horses etc of the kings and queens at the time. It’s pretty cool. http://livrustkammaren.se/en

3. Skansen is an outdoor museum where you see animals and walk into old houses and see how people lived during the 12th century. It’s like a combo zoo and museum. Cool if you’re interested in how life was then. Or want to see a live Moose..;)

HOTELS:

1. Lydmar. Luxury, but kinda hip. Right by the sea.

2. Grand Hotel. The old luxury standard. Great service and right by the sea as well, but perhaps a little stale. Their bar, called The Cadier Bar, is excellent. So is the food.

3. Hotell Diplomat. Right in town and in a beautiful building. Nice rooms. But room service is a little lacking at times as it shares lobby with a restaurant. Can take quite some time to get stuff up. Also not enough bell hops etc to help out when you need, but that's more of a general Swedish problem.

4. Ett Hem. This is a mindblowingly cool luxury boutique hotel. If you can swing $400+/night, it's an amazing experience. Only 10 rooms, but they're gorgeous. And service and food is impeccable. https://www.etthem.se

5. Story Hotel. A lower priced hotel right in town, but still good quality. But no real room service etc, you kind of have to go down to restaurant or bar to order what you need.

6. Miss Clara. Nice, newly done up casual and minimalistic hotel very close to town. Good value.


GENERAL THOUGHTS:

1. The old town is unmissbale. Yeah, its touristy and has quite a bit of tchatchki shops, but the architecture and small allies are very pretty.

2. Walk. It’s a small city, you can walk from on end of town to the other in 2hrs and it’s great way to see and experience it.

3. If you’re tired, take the underground/tube. It’s really pretty and all the stations are designed differently and quite interesting. And it’s quick.

4. Södermalm is the hip area. Östermalm is the old money area. Djurgården is the outdoor island right next to Östermalm. It’s where the Vasa Museum, Ulla Winbladh and Skansen is. If you want a theme park, there is one here as well called Gröna Lund. It’s not great, but kinda quaint and cute. All the rides are like old. It’s a bit Coney Island. As I mentioned earlier, walk Strandvägen and look at all the tall ships. It’s a nice walk. My old hood is called Kungsholmen and it’s also nice, but a little quieter. But you might want to go and have a look at Stadshuset, there. It’s our city hall.

5. Main shopping is on Biblioteksgatan. It’s kinda 5th Avenue-ish and high end, so not sure how interesting that might be. But the main Acne store is there if you want to buy some nice hispter jeans. For the more esoteric stuff, vintage stuff etc, it’s gonna be on Södermalm somewhere. You’ll have to ask the locals.

Hope you all enjoy it!
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#12 Post by Marshall Gelb » August 9th, 2019, 2:46 pm

Adam ; Wow! Thanks!

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#13 Post by ryancurry » August 9th, 2019, 8:54 pm

Feel free to reach out to me for Stockholm stuff Marshall. It's a great city.

Just a quick note. I prefer Sturehof to Wedholm's Fisk. Both has great dishes. Sturehof has a much better wine list, is more casual, and has great people watching.
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#14 Post by Henrik N » August 10th, 2019, 7:12 am

There’s many restaurants in Oslo with pretty mark-ups on their wine list, but to name a few:

Vintage Kitchen, no more than six weeks since I puchased Roumier Amoureuses 14 of their list for $450.

http://www.aktivitetsweb.no/vintage/vin ... andard.asp

Le Benjamin, top notch French Bistro with a pretty list. Rousseau Ruchottes $300, Bonnes Mares $400, Liger-Belair Cras 16 $350, Rousseau Chambertin $700 etc, as seen in the link below.

http://lebenjamin.no/content/2-menus/vi ... august.pdf

Sawan, nice townhouse in the best part of Oslo. Asian food and a great list, I had Liger-Belair La Romanee 2010 there in March, $1100.

The winebar below Grand Hotel, Rousseau, DRC, Roumier, PYCM, etc etc.

https://starwinelist.com/storage/wine_l ... 1565185316

Beijing Palace for chinese, with Cathiard, Rousseau, PYCM, Rousseau, Mugnier (Amoureuses $500...) etc

https://starwinelist.com/storage/wine_l ... 1551655048

Gaasa, just wine there. Cathiard Reignots $250, La Tache 13 $1600, Rinaldi Brunate 14 $150 etc.

https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/f3480d_9 ... c0c507.pdf

And there’s many more, Tranen, Teatro or Vinoteket for pizza & wine. Bass, Hapolati, Katla, Trattoria Populare, Arakataka all have top food and top notch wine lists.
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#15 Post by Krister Bengtsson » August 19th, 2019, 11:14 am

Hi Marshall,
I'm the founder of Star Wine List, www.starwinelist.com, a guide to great wine bars and wine restaurants, and you'll find plenty of tips for both cities on the site:
https://starwinelist.com/oslo
https://starwinelist.com/stockholm

We started in Stockholm and are now growing to several other countries and cities - my background is in media and wine and I started it because I thought there are so many restaurant guides in the world but not that much gathered for wine lovers.

We show the wine lists of many of the venues (thanks Henrik N for the links above) and you can also search for a particular wine and see where it is listed.

Would love to hear if you find it useful and get your feedback when you have traveled there, and let me know if you'd like any more information!

Cheers!
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#16 Post by brigcampbell » August 19th, 2019, 7:12 pm

Wow this thread is spectacular

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#17 Post by Andrew Kotowski » August 20th, 2019, 1:34 pm

brigcampbell wrote:
August 19th, 2019, 7:12 pm
Wow this thread is spectacular
+1
Would have been nice when I was over in both places each year :D

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#18 Post by Alicia C. » August 20th, 2019, 5:40 pm

I was just in Stockholm last month for a day (part of a Baltic Sea Cruise), but we ran over to the Hairy Pig Restaurant (recommended by wine friends) and it was amazing! Casual pub-like place. They work with local farms for all their food and make delicious charcuterie and house-made sausages. A Perfect lunch, just off the main square in Gamla Stan. https://thehairypig.com/restaurant/

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#19 Post by Marshall Gelb » August 21st, 2019, 11:47 am

Krister: Thank you so much! That is a wonderful resource. Do you have any personal favorites for dinner?

Thanks again!
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#20 Post by Joe Chanley » August 21st, 2019, 12:07 pm

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
August 20th, 2019, 1:34 pm
brigcampbell wrote:
August 19th, 2019, 7:12 pm
Wow this thread is spectacular
+1
Would have been nice when I was over in both places each year :D

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#21 Post by Krister Bengtsson » August 22nd, 2019, 12:03 am

Marshall Gelb wrote:
August 21st, 2019, 11:47 am
Krister: Thank you so much! That is a wonderful resource. Do you have any personal favorites for dinner?

Thanks again!
Cheers!

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Glad you like it, hope you find it useful on your trip!

As I live in Stockholm, these are among my personal favourites, all have very good wine lists and staff:
Fine dining:
Gastrologik for Nordic cuisine, ** Michelin
https://starwinelist.com/wine-place/gastrologik
Aloë for innovation and tastes you will never have experienced before, * Michelin
https://starwinelist.com/wine-place/aloe

Bistros:
Adam/Albin - modern bistro, should have a star
https://starwinelist.com/wine-place/adamalbin
Babette - hole in the wall with great pizzas and wine
https://starwinelist.com/wine-place/babette
Sturehof - 120 yo Brasserie, an institution with seafood focus and packed 365 days per year
https://starwinelist.com/wine-place/sturehof

Wine bars:
Bar Hommage, just switched from cocktails to wine last week, beautiful venue in old fire station.
https://starwinelist.com/wine-place/bar-hommage
Tyge & Sessil - Natural wine focus, tasty small plates
https://starwinelist.com/wine-place/tyge-sessil
Folii - Vinyl and massive selection by coravin
https://starwinelist.com/wine-place/folii

Enjoy Scandinavia and if you're up for a glass of wine in Stockholm, let me know!

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#22 Post by Mark Y » August 22nd, 2019, 8:45 am

This is epic.

Are there by chance similar types of cheap burg places in Helsinki and Copenhagen?

Henrik N wrote:
August 10th, 2019, 7:12 am
There’s many restaurants in Oslo with pretty mark-ups on their wine list, but to name a few:

Vintage Kitchen, no more than six weeks since I puchased Roumier Amoureuses 14 of their list for $450.

http://www.aktivitetsweb.no/vintage/vin ... andard.asp

Le Benjamin, top notch French Bistro with a pretty list. Rousseau Ruchottes $300,Bonnes, Mares $400, Liger-Belair Cras 16 $350, Rousseau Chambertin $700 etc, as seen in the link below.

http://lebenjamin.no/content/2-menus/vi ... august.pdf

Sawan, nice townhouse in the best part of Oslo. Asian food and a great list, I had Liger-Belair La Romanee there in March, $1100.

The winebar below Grand Hotel, Rousseau, DRC, Roumier, PYCM, etc etc.

https://starwinelist.com/storage/wine_l ... 1565185316

Beijing Palace for chinese, with Cathiard, Rousseau, PYCM, Rousseau, Mugnier (Amoureuses $500...) etc

https://starwinelist.com/storage/wine_l ... 1551655048

Gaasa, just wine there. Cathiard Reignots $250, La Tache 13 $1600, Rinaldi Brunate 14 $150 etc.

https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/f3480d_9 ... c0c507.pdf

And there’s many more, Tranen, Teatro or Vinoteket for pizza & wine. Bass, Hapolati, Katla, Trattoria Populare, Arakataka all have top food and top notch wine lists.
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#23 Post by Robert Dentice » August 22nd, 2019, 12:07 pm

We did Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo earlier this year. Did all of the big restaurants Noma, Frantzen, Maaemo etc. One really huge surprise was Agrikultur in Stockholm which we chose for a casual night off from tasting menus on the recommendation of a friend. The food was great. It was a nice blend of casual, great ingredients with just the amount of technique. Service was great and the wine list had many steals.

http://www.agrikultur.se/

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#24 Post by Mark Y » August 22nd, 2019, 2:38 pm

Robert Dentice wrote:
August 22nd, 2019, 12:07 pm
We did Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo earlier this year. Did all of the big restaurants Noma, Frantzen, Maaemo etc. One really huge surprise was Agrikultur in Stockholm which we chose for a casual night off from tasting menus on the recommendation of a friend. The food was great. It was a nice blend of casual, great ingredients with just the amount of technique. Service was great and the wine list had many steals.

http://www.agrikultur.se/
any places in copenhagen with great wine lists (great = low markup Burgs)? :D
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#25 Post by Marshall Gelb » October 14th, 2019, 11:40 am

Hi folks: Bumping this back up. Curious as to how far in advance one needs to book the top restaurants in Oslo and Stockholm.

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#26 Post by Magnus Solhjell » October 15th, 2019, 12:49 am

When are you coming? Most of the best restaurants in Oslo are closed most of July.

I think Maaemo opens for reservations three months in advance, Frantzén accepts reservations two months in advance, and you need to be early,to get a table, especially if you are two persons. Getting a table at Frantzén requires a bit of luck as well, I think.

Maaemo will move this spring, so things might change.

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#27 Post by robincooper » October 15th, 2019, 4:55 am

Magnus Solhjell wrote:
October 15th, 2019, 12:49 am
When are you coming? Most of the best restaurants in Oslo are closed most of July.

I think Maaemo opens for reservations three months in advance, Frantzén accepts reservations two months in advance, and you need to be early,to get a table, especially if you are two persons. Getting a table at Frantzén requires a bit of luck as well, I think.

Maaemo will move this spring, so things might change.
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#28 Post by A Rubin Stein » October 16th, 2019, 8:23 am

In Stockholm, I really enjoyed the restaurant Mathias Dahlgren Matbaren. If you like digestifs, they have a few made of unexpected ingredients; don't miss the snaps made from horseradish and lemon (snaps pepparrot). I heard good things about Nook and Volt, but did not have a chance to try them personally.
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#29 Post by Mikko R » October 23rd, 2019, 2:33 am

Mark Y wrote:
August 22nd, 2019, 8:45 am
This is epic.

Are there by chance similar types of cheap burg places in Helsinki and Copenhagen?
I wouldn't say there is any cheap place in Scandinavia, but I just had a bottle Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet “Clos du Cailleret” 2016 at WINO (Helsinki) for 115 euros which is really reasonably priced. The place has amazing food and great wine list. The Sommelier there is a bit of a Champagne freak and they tend to have really nice selction of them. Check this fellow Bersker's post about the wines we had
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#30 Post by Mark Y » October 28th, 2019, 4:24 pm

Mikko R wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 2:33 am
Mark Y wrote:
August 22nd, 2019, 8:45 am
This is epic.

Are there by chance similar types of cheap burg places in Helsinki and Copenhagen?
I wouldn't say there is any cheap place in Scandinavia, but I just had a bottle Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet “Clos du Cailleret” 2016 at WINO (Helsinki) for 115 euros which is really reasonably priced. The place has amazing food and great wine list. The Sommelier there is a bit of a Champagne freak and they tend to have really nice selction of them. Check this fellow Bersker's post about the wines we had
awesome. thank you.. any other restaurants in Helsinki you'd recommend? i have 4/6 yr old, so the place has to allow kids.. thanks!
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#31 Post by Andrew Kotowski » October 28th, 2019, 5:03 pm

I LOVED Shelter in Helsinki -> http://www.shelter.fi/menu Don't remember anything about the wine list, but the food was fantastic the last time I was over.
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#32 Post by Mikko R » October 28th, 2019, 11:38 pm

Mark Y wrote:
October 28th, 2019, 4:24 pm
awesome. thank you.. any other restaurants in Helsinki you'd recommend? i have 4/6 yr old, so the place has to allow kids.. thanks!
I have a 5 year old son and if I would go to have dinner with him in Helsinki I would probably book a table from one of these restaurants:

https://ravintolacarelia.fi/
They serve classic french bistro food executed very well and their wine list have some pretty nice stuff too.

https://www.murudining.fi/?lang=en
This place is really popular and they don't have a set menu / ala carte because their dishes change all the time. Good honest kind of bistro food with high quality ingredients. Also if you choose to eat here you definitely want ask their black book.

https://pastis.fi/en/
this kind of Muru's kid brother. A bit more easygoing place and not that amazing winelist although some good stuff.

https://viatribunali.fi/
Kids love pizza so just had to add this one on the list because they make amazing Neapolitan pizzas. Wine list isn't that good but the pizzas are worth it. If there is too much queue you can just leave your phone number at the counter and they'll send you a message when your table is ready and in the meantime you can visit the SkyWheel Helsinki, Allas Sea Pool or the Helsinki’s Old Market Hall. All of these are just 5 minutes walk away.

I know you wanted only places in Helsinki, but wanted to add one really nice place - Porvoo. It's about one hour drive from Helsinki and it's really beautiful town which is known for its well-preserved 18th and 19th century buildings and 15th century cathedral. Also if you are travelling during summer time you can go to Porvoo by more than 100 year old boat m/s J.L. Runeberg. That is an amazing trip! There is also a really great restaurant called Sinne. We have been actually thinking about doing a day trip to Porvoo with the family just because we have been eanting to go to Sinne.
https://www.sinneporvoo.fi/?lang=en
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#33 Post by Mark Y » October 29th, 2019, 11:18 am

Thanks Andrew/Mikko!
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#34 Post by Len Fox » November 1st, 2019, 12:38 pm

Stockholm
Lydmar Hotel - Beautifully romantic, efficient service, perfect location and a great breakfast
Folii Wine Bar - Its a way south in Soder but worth the time.
Babette for pizza
Sturehof - served up some fabulous oysters from Normandy
Prinsen - Quite traditional, try the Beef Rydberg

We keep an apartment on Helsinki -
Bas Bas is our favorite, not haute cuisine but so good and so friendly - and its nearby wine bar - small plates and lots of interesting wines
Muru
Wino located in the Kallio neighborhood - where Helsinki goes hipster
Soil Wine Room
Inari - only been once - enjoyed our meal and a nice bottle of George Laval champagne - will return

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#35 Post by Marshall Gelb » November 4th, 2019, 2:17 pm

Magnus Solhjell wrote:
October 15th, 2019, 12:49 am
When are you coming? Most of the best restaurants in Oslo are closed most of July.

I think Maaemo opens for reservations three months in advance, Frantzén accepts reservations two months in advance, and you need to be early,to get a table, especially if you are two persons. Getting a table at Frantzén requires a bit of luck as well, I think.

Maaemo will move this spring, so things might change.
Thanks Magnus: We will be in Oslo August 11th and in Stockholm early September.


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#36 Post by Magnus Solhjell » November 7th, 2019, 1:20 am

In that case I would also recommend eating outside on sunny days. I like the seafood platter at Solsiden. Festningen at Akershus Fortress is also very good. Ekebergrestauranten is a short tram ride outside of the city centre and has a great view of the city and a good lunch. It can be a little too crowded for the servers on sunny days, however.
Signalen sjøbad opened this summer and is a short ferry ride from Aker brygge. I haven't had the chance to go there yet myself, but it has gotten great reviews and is run by a very talented and experienced chef.

I also like both the outside and the inside menus at Fyr, but be advised that the chef is a friend of mine, so I might not be entirely unbiased. He just opened Stallen, a small fine dining new Nordic restaurant just beside Fyr as well. It has gotten great reviews, I plan to visit this winter or spring.

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