On my trip to Stockholm, after exploring the city, I asked the receptionist at Clarion Hotel Sign for some suggestions of places serving Swedish cuisine. One of these suggestions was the Teaterbrasseriet, the restaurant at one of the city’s newest hotels, the Scandic Grand Central Hotel.
When I arrived at the restaurant I realised I had passed by it at lunch time and it was very busy. The place is just opposite one of Stockholm’s many theatres – hence the name – and is one of the city’s coolest hang outs, I found out later.
The waiter/host who welcomed me had a big personality and was more of a showman than a waiter, which was really good, since I was dining on my own and this can be a bit awkward sometimes. He was warm, really attentive and funny.The menu was not huge but the dishes seemed really interesting. The prices were quite reasonable for Scandinavian standards. I chose cured salmon as a starter and venison as a main course. The waiter suggested a nice glass of white wine to start with – and I stopped there, I must say – and while I waited for the food I was enjoying my drink and watching the chefs work in their open kitchen.
The music was loud and was essential to create the vibrant atmosphere. A mix of young and middle aged patrons was chatting away and eating and drinking wine and cocktails like there’s no tomorrow. “These Swedes really know how to enjoy themselves”, I thought to myself.
My starter arrived after a while, then my main. The salmon was really good, but when I first tasted my main course, I realised I had to eat it very slowly, so I could enjoy every single bite bit by bit. The venison was tender and had an amazing after taste, and the cabbage rolls filled with mushroom and bacon were real a delicacy.
After dinner I went to the upstairs Acoustic Bar, where a band was playing earlier. The crowd was mostly cool/arty Swedes and some hotel guests. Night was still a child, and if it was already this good, you can imagine what was coming next, which could be something for another post… or maybe not?! 🙂
If you want to try it…
111 20 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone: +46 8 512 520 00
Lunch: Mon–Fri 11.00-14.00 (no reservations)
Dinner (à la carte): Mon-Sun 17.00-23.00
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