Nordic fast food: Fresh, local and good

February 2, 2015

in Eating out in Stockholm,Stockholm

Stockholm restaurants Kalf & Hansen’s Nordic fast food.


Just after I got back from the US, Robert and I took a wander around Södermalm, the island we live on. We needed lunch, so we stopped into Kalf & Hansen, a relatively new cafe in Mariatorget that we’ve wanted to check out for a while.

It was a snowy Saturday afternoon, long after the noontime lunch crowd, but the tiny restaurant was packed. Even so, the service was fast and friendly and everyone was happy to describe how the menu works. But best of all, the lunch was truly some of the best food food I’ve ever had. In fact, I kind of hate to call it fast food because that somehow doesn’t do justice to what is being served up–basically, a thoughtful variety of fresh and local ingredients served up in a creative style.

On the menu, Kalf & Hansen describe themselves as serving 100% Nordic, ecological fast food. The menu is small and meals are named after Nordic cities. I tried the Stockholm meal and it had seasonal vegetables, vegetarian meatballs and I added the chili mayonnaise sauce at the suggestion of the server. Robert had the meat version of the meatballs. Both were really tasty.

Blackboards on the wall list the names of the staff who are working. And they also describe where the food being served that day is sourced from. So our potatoes and vegetables came from Tanga Gård, the meat from Gårdssälskapet, and so on.

I love the whole concept of how food is done at Kalf & Hansen. And I will definitely go back again soon.


Stockholm food The late lunch on a Saturday bustle.


Stockholm food Robert poses with restaurant co-owner Fabian Kalf-Hansen.


Stockholm food The blackboards list where all the ingredients used in the meals were sourced from.

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