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Opera and food in Stockholm

Inside Naglo.

Naglo Restaurant, located across the street from Stockholm’s Opera House is grossly overshadowed by the flashy, “place-to-be-seen” restaurants and bars in the Opera House itself, but it’s got an understated tasteful and elegance and usually mouth-watering food. (I’ve eaten there five times and it has only disappointed me once.)

From the outside, it looks like a subtle, elegant and sophisticated establishment and that’s exactly what it is inside too with its wallpapered walls, long open windows, a round wooden bar  and chic, but understated, atmosphere. It’s an upmarket kind of place but without the wannabes and without trying too hard to be super-trendy. This is the kind of place to dine before a night at the opera or at the theatre, for a romantic dinner or even to impress business contacts as the service is quick and professional.

Chef Jacob Undemo’s experience includes stints at Högfjällshotellet in Hemavan and various restaurants in Sydney, New York and Paris. His menu includes main courses like corn-fed chicken with spring onion and asparagus risotto, herring stuffed with smoked salmon and beef Rydberg, while there is an “evening fare” menu which offers three-course set menus for SEK 375 and less fancy main dishes like meatballs and Caesar salad for around SEK 140 and SEK 120 respectively. If you’re really ravenous, there’s a six-course menu.

I opted for the lobster soup for a starter and corn-fed chicken with risotto for main course, while my boyfriend took the set menu with lobster mousse for starter and veal for the main course followed by vanilla mousse with forest berries. Both choices were excellent.

Monday evenings in general are quiet in many Stockholm restaurants and Naglo is no exception with no reservation necessary. If you feel like continuing with a drink afterwards but not walking too far, Naglo’s Vodkabar, just around the corner,  is a tiny little bar (probably one of the smallest in Stockholm!) which, of course, specializes in vodka – with over 70 different vodka brands to choose from.

I’ll definitely be back to Naglo again. (By the way, there are rumors that the building that houses Naglo will be turned into a hotel in 2011 but nothing has been confirmed yet as to what will happen to Naglo…)

  1. April 30, 2012 at 6:42 am

    I am writing an article on the wonders of Stockholms, new cuisine nation……..I love it but need to ask questions about the culture and food and how they differ from the UK and our perception of Scandinavian food culture.

    • April 30, 2012 at 7:03 am

      Hi Elaine, where will your article be published? Scandinavian food is a lot of fish, very healthy and focused on blending local ingredients. I am not sure if your article is focused on just the Scandinavian countries but I can really recommend Martin Ritkins, a Latvian chef (you can find more about him on my blog), he also worked in London for some years and has cooked for heaps of celebrities like Elton John, royalty etc … in my opinion, he is one of the Nordic experts in combining fresh, local organic produce with a modern twist. He has a restaurant in Riga. Personally, I think alot of the “in” restaurants in Stockholm are completely overrated … the best ones are the hidden ones. Like anywhere I guess! Also check out Norway’s brown cheese – unique and absolutely divine! Crayfish, salmon are excellent in Sweden… Also check out Noma in Copenhagen, it was voted world’s best restaurant last year … he is a Serbian/Danish chef who offers a great selection of modern Scandinavian dishes… Hope these tips help … just some very quick suggestions!

    • April 30, 2012 at 7:05 am

      And regarding the differences between UK and Scandinavian food culture… I think Scandinavians eat pretty healthily so the focus in many restaurants is on fresh local produce. Prices are much higher than UK, especially if you throw in a bottle of wine, your bill will soar. Dining (even in exclusive restaurants in Scandinavia) tends to be less formal than haute cuisine in other countries … they like to understate everything!

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