Irresistible Must-eats in Sweden

Corinne shares a generous dosing of recommendations and must-trys in the meatballs wonderland, including mouth-watering swedish pastries and juicy burgers!

Name: Corinne Chow
Nationality: Singaporean
Food Destination
: Sweden

Hi Corinne! Can you tell me about the food you’ve tried in some restaurants in Sweden?

The Michelin Star Restaurants that I went to included Basement and Sjomagasinet in Gothenburg, and Mathias Dahlgren in Stockholm.

I tried elk sashimi and cloudberries at Basement. My favourite dish in our 6-course dinner was a “Fillet of beef Rossini with Taleggio cheese and foie gras, served with apple, parsley and truffle sauce.”

At Mathias Dalgren they served us baked soufflé with wild chocolate from Bolivia, with sour cream and toffee ice cream.

Those sound amazing. What are the must-eats in Sweden that  you recommend to travellers?

Travellers must most definitely eat at Sweden’s fast-food chain, Max Burgers, which gives gourmet burgers a run for their money. Even though it’s a fast-food chain their patties are succulent and juicy.

burger at Max Burgers

For a hearty Sunday brunch or afternoon tea, one must visit Haga Nygatan which is home to many quaint sidewalk cafes. Try a Kanelbulle (Cinnamon Roll) at Café Husaren or settle down for some freshly baked pastries at Le Petite Café.

Pop into any supermarket and get your hands on a tube of meat spread. The Swedish love their cod roe caviar and it comes in toothpaste like tubes where you can just squeeze it out onto your bread or cracker.

Also try Jenson’s Bofhus. The most centrally located outlet is just opposite Gothenburg’s largest shopping center, Nordstan. Although it is a Danish restaurant, the lunch prices are great. You can get a good piece of steak with their special house sauce for just $14.

Other than that, you really cannot get more Swedish than Ikea meatballs! Be sure to have them with a generous dollop of lingonberry sauce.

That’s quite a bit of recommendations! How about some goodies that can be brought home?

One of my favourite snacks was Swedish Pepparkakor. These are traditional Swedish Christmas cookies that taste somewhat like ginger snaps and are sold all year round. They are rolled out thin so you get a nice savoury crunch with every bite.

What was the most exotic food that you’ve tried in Sweden? How did it taste like? Were they common in Sweden?

Some of the more exotic foods I had in Sweden included elk sashimi and reindeer meat. However, although it is deemed as “exotic” in Singapore, it is actually common to eat this game meat over there. The elk sashimi tasted like venison carpaccio – very gamey and too raw for my liking, but I would definitely recommend the adventurous to give it a try!


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