With one of the most opulent interiors in the city, Stockholm’s first Chinese restaurant is certain to impress. Housed in a converted hall, the high ceiling space features crystal chandeliers, ornate wooden balustrades and red velvet seating. The cuisine offers Chinese staples designed to satiate a Western palate; the menu includes a range of dishes from sushi to steamed dim sum and Thai meatballs. Be sure to try the restaurant’s speciality, yum cha (Chinese afternoon tea) which includes a choice of teas, a selection of meat-filled dumplings and free reign of Berns’s well-stocked dessert buffet.
Berns Asiatiska, Berzellii Park, 111 47 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 5663 2200
Housed within Stockholm’s Royal Art Academy, F12 offers a dining experience that is suitably creative. Some very unusual flavour combinations dominate the internationally inspired menu; typical dishes include caviar with cauliflower and white chocolate, and veal with a tuna, grapefruit and liquorice sauce. Less adventurous diners will prefer the traditional menu featuring classic meals such as seafood and saffron bouillabaisse, and beef carpaccio with Parmesan. The interior is sure to please all tastes with its gallery-like minimalism and selection of fine artworks which provide a talking point.
F12, Fredsgatan 12, 111 52 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 248052
Chef Mathius Dahlgren’s eponymous eatery offers two distinct dining experiences which are equally worthy of acclaim. The food bar provides diners with a bistro-style setting while the dining room is more formal in tone; both areas feature menus that make the most of seasonal ingredients and which feature influences from current culinary trends. Dahlgren has been named Chef of the Year in Sweden twice and his cuisine displays all of the qualities that earned him this prestigious title. Contrasting tastes and textures with ease, Dahlgren’s dishes might include foie gras terrine, goats’ milk ice cream and freshly baked rye bread.
Mathias Dahlgren, Södra Blasieholmshamnen 6, 111 48 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 679 3584
The combined talents of Björn Frantzén and Daniel Lindeberg have given this popular restaurant a place among the world’s best. Visiting diners must place all their trust in the creative duo as the dishes served are wholly dependent on the ingredients available on the day and it is unlikely for any dish to appear on the menu twice. Quality is assured; all of the fruit and vegetables served are sourced from the restaurant’s kitchen garden while meat and cheese is only bought from trusted local suppliers.
Frantzén Lindeberg, Lilla Nygatan 21, 111 28 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 208580