lördag 2 juni 2012

Noma

For the third year in a row.

But you will need an aligned mindset to appreciate this restaurant.

You won't get a steak, you may actually not get any meat at all.
There won't be a big chunk of fish, lobster or stuff like that.
You won't be overwhelmed by species, powerful tastes or so.

But it is exciting, it is exciting to start with a manifest to only use nordic ingredients. 
So the courses will be delicate, beautiful, fresh, crisp and enhance the freshness on what ever they can get their hands of. Like pine, birch, herbs and flowers.

With a 45 chef staff + waiters the service is accurate and close to perfection. There is absolutely nothing to complain about when it comes to the execution.

But of course, not everyone likes live shrimps, raw razorclams, bone marrow and a high ratio of veggies.

If you however, are curious, have a mindset to stretch your mind and limits Noma will give you an experience that will beat everything you've ever experienced.

Don't compare it with French Laundry, Gordon Ramsay or whatever, this is just so different.

söndag 22 april 2012

Alinea

After reading some of the reviews here on tripadvisor I get kind of surprised. I'm really not sure of what some people are expecting of alinea.

For sure, Alinea is one of the very best restaurants on the planet and it happens to be located in Chicago. However, the restaurant has absolutely nothing to do with American cuisine or food traditions. But there it is, and oh boy they do know how to create a lovely experience (i.e. no big pieces of meat, not staff coming every minute asking if everything is great a very non American experience if you ask me, being european).

However, fantastic presentation, awesome precision, playful dished that challenges your imagination, your expectation and tastebuds. Everything we got tasted fantastic and was just perfect in its composition, but the plate with 60 tastes to combine with the lamb was just mind blowing. 

Staff is knowledgeable and alert and enthustiastic of what they do.

And the price? It's a bargain for what they offer. I'd just prefer that they've been located in Barcelona or so, but I'll survive.

fredag 13 april 2012

The French Laundry

And it wasn't due to the fact "rated as the most expensive in US", which I read somewhere. 
Because it worth every penny.

It wasn't due to the extremely hard process of getting a table.

It was for the callotte de bœuf grillée served as the main course. This piece of perfectly cooked and most delicious piece of meat made my cry, of joy.

Well it was more to it. TFL is a lovely cozy and romantic place in Yountville in Napa valley. The staff is just fantastic. Friendly, knowledgeable, curious, interested and passionate of what they are doing. 

The staff in the kitchen is sort of the same. Add perfect ingredients an impeccable precision and voila, there you have a tasting menu that you will never ever forget.

Of course, the wine list was spectacular, the bread delicious.

fredag 23 december 2011

Sky on 57

After visiting numerous of european/us fine dining restaurants I've been searching for the asian equivalent. Not Gordon Ramsays or Alain Ducasse or any other "Western" chef desiring to have an asian venue. 

Asian cuisine is not really famous for this menu degaustion concept and we were excited to sew how head chef Justin Quek would handle this asian gourmet fusion challenge.

The dishes were perfectly presented, had an excellent execution but did capture the essential asian style.

The fois gras dumpings was awesome.

I'd be glad if I'll get the opportunity to go back.

torsdag 15 december 2011

Restaurang Jonas

A friend  to me once said once "I don't care if I live in an ugly building as long as my view is nice". Very true, you should focus on what's surrounding it. I got the same feeling when I heard that Jonas was about to open in that old HSB building. But I'll be the first to admit my mistake.This bulky venue has been carefully transformed into a hypermodern but still warm atmosphere with some "crazy" but lovely details.  The herb wall where they grow their own herbs for example.The customer service is above all expectations. He reservation was a spur of the moment and the dining room was full so we was advised to the food bar. The day after they calls and has an opening for two.Hurrah!The concept is mysterious and well keep your curiosity at a high level.Six or nine courses. Each one influenced by a word that you will have as your check list. This is all you will know. We got 2011-11-08, autumn, textures, luxury, mosaic, the white gold, blood, natural and sin.And then the show begins. Lovely natural tastes, impeccable presentation, cooked to perfection.You can of course discussed if whipped fois gras is to die for? I think I'm more of the fried fois  gras. But who cares? It was excellent in its taste. And the dehydrated cauliflower and onion rings was a nice crispy addition to the smooth texture. It is hard to pick a favourite, I think I will fail. But the scallops had a lovely crispy surface and perfectly raw in the centre. The salty sauce suited me fine. The Zander with fennel was delicate, the egg royale with a year consumption of white truffle was to die for.So different, so good and so hard. So I'll stop here.I'm glad that Stockholm gets a rising star on the restaurant scene shocking the old and tired dudes.This is from a food andquality perspective a given one star with a decent chance of two.I look forward to my next visit here.

lördag 1 oktober 2011

Les Trois Cochons

French bistro style, cozy atmosphere, chessboard tiles and a very rustic french menu to an awesome price. Portions are big, well cooked and have a hearty french touch.
But... where's the french wines?
Why not offer champagne or a cremant as an aperitif?
Come on, cava? Weird.

But we were happy and satisfied when we left.

torsdag 22 september 2011

Vollmers, Malmö

Blogpost in English, didn't have time to translate...

Yes, I must admit, I am a fan of Ebbe Vollmers cooking. However, since Ebbe left Bloom in the park for his Denmark, UK & Singapore tour I've tried to catch up. And failed.

But all of a sudden he is back in my home town. And, he did bring his brother, Mats.
Both schooled at Gordon Ramsays Royal hospital road so yes, the level his high.

So, I may be partial but I'll try to give it a fair review :) The trend in Sweden has been that quite a few fine dining restaurants have changed into a gastro-bistro etc.

However. At vollmers, this is old school.

A modern, very strict but cosy greenish dining room. A long bar where you could have the a'la carte menu. Two menus, one that is Ebbes and one from Mats. 5 courses for a ridiculous low price (550 SEK, 60 EUR) or a eight course dinner for (850 SEK, 90 EUR) which is still very cheap for the quality served.

Of course we went for the eight course which is a blend of the two menus and as foodies a number of treats were added (a long with the canapés, the pre dessert and the coffee snacks) so this was quite a long dinner.

The quality is excellent, thanks to their long careers they have the network to find perfect lamb, perfect fois gras etc. All courses have the "vollmer touch" which is a minimalistic approach to fine dining with a few ingredient style, a plate that is not cluttered but with clear tastes, rather large pieces of everything.

The only drawback (from my personal point of view) was the apple tart that was fairly close to Fat duck's "Taffety tart" or cox's apple. It was excellent but not as surprising as their classic "boudin blanc" with mushroom purée.

And the wines. Yes, they're awesome. And so price worthy that you really can't get it :) (wine package for 8 course dinner at 650 SEK, 70 EUR)