It’s been a long time since I had dinner out in Stockholm. Months, actually. OK, I ate at a pub last month. But that doesn’t quite count, does it?
So on Tuesday, I went for the big time and agreed to go with Zanne to check out Ekstedt, a restaurant that’s been voted one of the top 50 restaurants in the world. Everything at Ekstedt – from the appetizers to the dessert – has in some way been enhanced by fire, whether it’s cooked in the wood-fired oven, in the open flames and coals or in a smoker.
All sorts of things are suspended in baskets or hanging on hooks to be smoked above the flames – which you can see from the dining room. As we were invited into the kitchen, we could see close up that the cooks wore leather aprons and furnace gloves. It felt like we were in a blacksmith’s workshop.
Service was attentive and helpful. And I loved all the attention to detail in terms of the decor: leather chairs with buckles, copper insets in the tiles, wood block tables and floors. Meals were served on blocks of stone or wood – the sandstone comes from Jämtland and the wood from Skåne.
It was fantastic to get out. Even on a Tuesday, this place was packed. We both had the three-course menu option. Plus, we were given an amuse-bouche to start with and after the appetizer, sourdough bread was served. By the way, Ekstedt is located in the Östermalm district of central Stockholm.