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Not just another Japanese restaurant

The Seikoen Japanese restaurant across the street from the Sheraton Hotel at Tegelbacken was one of Stockholm’s first Japanese restaurants, set up long before the hordes of small sushi joints opened their doors on every other corner of the city.

It’s an elegant, authentic, understated kind of place with a calming atmosphere and offers everything from sushi to tempura and some not so very Japanese desserts like crème brulée and cloudberry cheesecake. It is part of the Roppongi chain of Japanese restaurants which also have restaurants in Kungsholmen and in the city center. Seikoen is also a firm favorite with traveling Japanese businessmen staying at the Sheraton.

There’s a five-course or seven-course set menu for SEK 520 and SEK 740 respectively (add on an extra SEK 280-380 for the wine/drinks menu). The five-course started off with oyster and tuna stomach, followed by an aemono set (three small dishes of spinach, crab meat and scallops and octopus), shrimp tempura, Yakiniku, and dessert.

I opted for the Japanese pumpkin soup which was excellent followed by shrimp tempura and truffles with coffee to top off. One member of the party chose the duck for the main course which he considered “chewy”.

My verdict? Pricey: a bit. Atmosphere: nice. Food: mine was very good. Service: not bad but could not understand the waitress. Overall impression: Would go back when another Japanese craving strikes. But I really wish they had a teppanyaki table too, that’s the one thing that’s missing!

P.s. their lunch menu and sushi is also great.

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