Svea cafe and Restaurant
Whilst Svea offers a full Swedish menu, the best place to start is the smorgasbord served on the first Saturday of every month. This buffet-style feast offers the opportunity to sample the Svea repertoire, and is a perfect introduction to both traditional and contemporary Swedish dishes. The delightful staff will guide a novice through the menu, which offers everything from pickled herring - of which there are four flavours on offer - to the more familiar, but equally delicious, meatballs with lingonberry jam.
Expect to order dishes like dressed fish, refreshing salads and slow-baked meats marinated in juniper and cooked on oak; this is fabulous and satisfying cuisine. The gravadlax, raw smoked salmon cured in salt, sugar and dill, is worth the visit alone, while the smorgas platter, from the daily menu, allows you to combine dishes and sample a range of exciting flavours.
It is obvious that a great deal of care has gone into creating this truly authentic Swedish experience; even the drinks menu has been carefully compiled. The wines have been selected by the well-travelled proprietor, and there's something to complement every dish on the menu - take, for example, the Vigne-Lourac Sauvignon Blanc, which is a perfect accompaniment for the Lidingo, a creamy salmon, trout and dill risotto from the lunch menu. The popular Svea schnapps is also made on the premises and will add a little spice to any evening. Alternatively, you could try the appropriately named god lager ('god' meaning 'good' in Swedish). Round things off with a Swedish dessert, like creamy prinsesstarta or chocolate and almond mandeltarte. Prepare to widen your dining horizons at Svea.