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Grillið

Grillið

The historic Grill at Hotel Saga has been open since 1962, and the panoramic view over town on a beautiful summer night is simply breathtaking. After a recent refurbishment the place is looking better than ever, and the kitchen has also been given a vitamin injection the form of the young and promising Atli Þór as head chef – his new menu is aptly called Fun & Fresh. A soft boiled and tender duck’s egg in all its splendid simplicity kicks off the menu together with a glass of Billecart-Salmon. The tomato and lovage-combo that follows is brimming with flavour. The lightly smoked sea trout with dill and broccoli relies heavily o...

Hagatorg, Island
Ruths Gourmet (Ruths Hotel)

Ruths Gourmet (Ruths Hotel)

An experience
Enjoy idyllic atmosphere, light,
good food and time together
It´s in our nature...

Skagen, Denmark
Ros

Ros

The beautiful town of Tønder is again able to boast a top restaurant. With training from Cofoco, Søllerød Kro and Brdr. Price, Marcel Rodrigues and Steffen Snitgaard combine a high level of technical ambition with quality local ingredients in a delicious and unpretentious cuisine. The stylish Scandinavian interior in white, grey and black is nice and cosy, though the acoustics could be improved. The open kitchen provides atmosphere and plenty of life to the restaurant. In addition to sandwiches and a lunch menu, ROS offers a three-course evening menu for you to either match with wines yourself or enjoy as an “ROS experience” ...

Syddanmark, Denmark
Meat District

Meat District

In the side streets of Porvoo the enticing waft of grilled meat can come from only one place: restaurant Meat District’s huge wood oven. In fact, it takes guts to open a restaurant dedicated to meat in Finland right now, largely because more and more young Finns are going vegetarian or vegan. The good news for meat lovers: Meat District has taken the bull by the horns and succeeded, largely due to the efforts of Samuli Wirgentius, the former Head Chef of Helsinki restaurant Postres. Conveniently only a half-hour drive from Helsinki, Porvoo has become the new must-visit place for quality local food and fine dining in southern Finla...

Porvoo, Finland
Rub 23

Rub 23

Rub 23, located in a bright red building in the heart of Akureyri, is famous for their seafood, sushi and the home made spice rubs with Asian-American flavours. Their biggest claim to fame is the “sushi-pizza”, sporting arctic char, spring onions and sweet soy sauce – all heaped up on a pizza “crust” made from tempura fried sushi rice and nori. It is actually quite good, although a bit on the sweet side. The mussels cooked in white wine and herbs can also be recommended, with just a hint of saffron from the aioli and fresh and crispy micro greens and salad on the side. The super fresh garlic-rubbed cod loin is also a good ...

Akureyri, Island
Fiskfélagið (Fish Company)

Fiskfélagið (Fish Company)

Known for its forays around Iceland (or even around the world) on the menu, Fiskfélagið has been one of the hottest restaurants in Reykjavík for some years, drawing both locals and the tourist crowd. The interior is eclectic and charming, mixing old scavenged Icelandic details with modern elements. The service is back on track this year, and we are warmly welcomed. An arctic char tartare is a tasty appetiser – and the slow-braised cod loin with smoked apple that follows is cooked to flaky perfection with the apple providing a smoky finish. The evening’s big hit, considering the number of dishes flying out of the kitchen, is t...

Reykjavík, Island
Uoksas

Uoksas

Textures of cucumber. It’s a terse description, but behind it lurks one of this year’s most entertaining desserts. Cucumber has a prominent place in all Baltic cuisines, particularly in various types of pickles, but to let the cool gourd parade all its qualities in a sweet finale is ingenious. Sweet-preserved shredded slicing cucumber and crunchy pickled gherkin in concert with a silky ice cream of milk and mint granita – wow. Not least when partnered with the recommended glass of Lemberger Rosé Icewine. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at Uoskas, and you can tell that both the kitchen and the serving staff enjoy themselves to...

Kaunas, Lithuania
Bordoo

Bordoo

Bordoo, named after – you guessed it, Bordeaux, is hidden away inside the Three Sisters boutique hotel and serves a locally inspired four or six-course tasting menu accompanied by mainly French wine. After a lengthy presentation that seems almost tongue-in-cheek, a lovely ballotine of smoked salmon is served with mayonnaise and cucumber, well balanced and capably seconded by the recommended Côtes du Rhône white. A coq au vin with parsnip is on the heavy side, especially as it is followed by horse meat. Still, the medium rare steak is tasty enough, served with fruits of the forest and jus. Dessert turns out to be rather disapoint...

Tallinn, Estonia
Wedholms Fisk

Wedholms Fisk

After a long story of success amongst many of the Stockholm restaurants, the legendary restaurateur Bengt Wedholm crowned his career with the establishment that got to carry his name. Wedholms Fisk has been located in its present buildings, by Nybrokajen since 1985.
At Wedholms we are passionate about what we do, the kitchen only use the best products available and every plate is served with an extensive knowledge. All to secure that Bengt’s passion for the art of cooking and the perfect dining experience lives on today. ...

Stockholm, Sweden
Koks

Koks

In contrast to the dramatic Faroese landscape, the dishes at Koks are low-key. They also enjoy surprising their guests with obscure taste experiences. Perhaps to show that the Faroe Islands harbour so many underrated ingredients. One of the best dishes in this genre is a black disc constructed from thin slices of turnip, brushed with burned leek. Elegantly presented on a raku-glazed ceramic dish. A spanking fresh cod tartare is concealed under the lid, with deep marine flavours, enhanced by watercress and the Grüner Veltliner from the top Austrian producer Pichler- Krutzler. In general the presentations have improved slightly. Whic...

Kirkjubøur, Denmark
Spiseriet

Spiseriet

The new Stavanger Concert Hall is a shining example of how big government-funded culture houses can combine dining and scenery together with a musical and cultural experience. And Spiseriet is without doubt the most exiting restaurant to be opened inside one of these public bastions in Norway. We are welcomed into a large open room, with floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a majestic view of Stavanger’s harbour, a bar that runs through the whole room and a semi-open kitchen that serves good, classic food made from the very best produce. The menu explains the key ingredients in each dish, leaving the rest to the imagination, alth...

Sørlandet, Norway
SicaPelle Wining & Dining

SicaPelle Wining & Dining

It’s worth the half-hour journey from Helsinki for the location alone. Nestled under a 13th century church in the middle of Porvoo’s old wooden-house quarters, SicaPelle Wining & Dining has been praised for its food, service and beverages. The Sunday brunch in particular is a favourite among locals. On our visit we sample a surprisingly hefty risotto made from locally grown spelt and pistachios. The following fish dish is fresh pike caught in the Baltic, first hay-smoked and then cooked inside a trendy magnolia leaf. No wonder the pike – once you = tease it out from under the leaf – has a strong smoky flavour. The dessert is...

Nyland, Finland
Slippurinn

Slippurinn

The sheer boldness of opening a fine(ish) dining establishment on the windblown and lava encrusted island of Heimaey is worth commending. But hey, boldness is hardly a problem for the inhabitants here – with the constant threat of volcanic eruptions and the community relying almost solely on fishing, beating the odds lies very much in the Vestmanna-blood. And when we sample the Icelandic creations of head chef Gísli Matthías Auðunsson we understand why this particular bet is paying off: everything from the cocktails (featuring arctic-thriving plants such as dandelions, angelica, rhubarb and arctic thyme) down to the desserts gi...

Westman Islands, Island
Salt Restoran

Salt Restoran

On any day of the week, this cosy bistro is full of diners, which is not saying much since Salt’s dining room is very small. That doesn’t stop the even smaller kitchen from producing an ever-changing inventive menu and curating an even more enticing wine list. Salt’s owner loves to travel and many of the dishes on the menu are inspired from her recent trips abroad, where the kitchen attempts to put streetfood on a plate with dishes like Chilean octopus tacos or different Asian noodle dishes. While the menu may seem like a melting pot of different cuisines, it works, as regular customers (of which there are many) come back for ...

Tallinn, Estonia
Restorans 3

Restorans 3

Restorans 3 has three seating options: outdoors just off a busy tourist street in the old town, indoors on the main floor called the Earth, and upstairs, dubbed the Sky. A boisterous atmosphere animates the Earth, where we find modern Riga – and its foodie visitors – around plain wooden tables. Upstairs was previously for the set menus but is now only open for 3’s popular brunches and special arrangements. Head Chef Eriks Dreibant, of 3 Pavaru a few blocks away, and Juris Dukalskis create a different concept here, but with the same underlying philosophy: to be close to nature and to use every part of all produce. We love the s...

Riga, Latvia
Mathall Trondheim

Mathall Trondheim

Mathallen, literally the food hall, in Trondheim is easily described – a cube with a vast glass facade. Inside, high ceilings prevail and local produce abounds. In addition to being a restaurant, Mathallen is both coffee shop, store and beer outlet. It renders the atmosphere more like that of a busy café than a restaurant with only a few tables. The multipurpose approach affords the restaurant a unique chance of going in depth with their products. But so far the service does not indicate that they are levying this approach, because our waiter knows little about the products. Mathallen currently has a three-course menu and a charc...

Trondheim, Norway
To rom og kjøkken

To rom og kjøkken

The classic restaurant of Roar Hildonen and Alexander Skjefte balances between formal and casual. The venue is new, minimalist and luxurious in style, located in a regular wooden house. On the way in we first encounter an informal bar, before heading into an open and light dining room with elegant brown leather seats and copper lamps. The ingredients are largely local and organic. Trøndelag is the only region in Norway to have its own food manifest, and with their signature, To Rom og Kjøkken (which laconically translates to ‘two rooms and a kitchen’) has vowed to highlight Trønder ingredients. This could well have been more ...

Mitt-Norge, Norway
Restaurant Brace

Restaurant Brace

Natural wines paired with a fusion of New Nordic and Italian cuisines may not sound like a bulletproof recipe for success. But as these elements unfold while dining at Brace, the result is marvelous. After a year at Era Ora, Chef Nicola Fanetti has taken the helm at Brace to pursue his passion for Italian simplicity, where ingredients combine on the plate in a visually tight and artistic presentation. Take, for example, the grilled flank steak with slightly bitter kale and sharp horseradish bordered by black lines of fermented garlic and golden drops of orange reduction – a presentation reminiscent of a work by Miró. The ambitiou...

København, Denmark
Ox

Ox

Someone’s definitely been thinking here. The walls are covered in mint green roofing sheets. The bar counter at the open kitchen is a shocking red marble. Two perfect, small dining rooms. It’s one more joint created by the owners of the Sushi Bar & Wine restaurants and the Story bistro in the Old Market Hall. At OX, located on the emerging restaurant street of Roobertinkatu, star chef Teemu Aura (Savoy, Demo) leads the team with a steady hand. In the well-designed and cosy dining rooms nothing seems to have been left to chance. With a glass of cava from Vall Dolina we receive a refreshing starter plate with an explosion of green...

Helsinki, Finland
Restoran Ribe

Restoran Ribe

Greeted by service staff who look like they’re having fun is the first indication you’re in for something a little different. The dining room at Ribe is elegant, yet cosy, but there are hidden elements in plain sight that poke fun at the notion that fine dining is meant to be serious. Chef Radoslav Mitro from Slovakia has found a home in Estonia, expertly taking local ingredients and making them his own in an inventive blend of the French and Nordic cuisines. A wild mushroom ravioli bursts with earthy flavours, complemented by turnip and Parmesan. Local beef tartare from the island of Saaremaa melts in the mouth on a thin black ...

Tallinn, Estonia
Sabi Omakase

Sabi Omakase

In Pedersgata sits a small wooden house with a sombre and elegant room, taking you out of time and out of place. You might be in Tokyo, you might be in New York, but it is here in Stavanger you are given access to the best ingredients for sushi, according to the chef himself. Around a dark bar, nine seats are placed. Nine seats to share a common experience, as if at an exclusive concert. We all get the same menu and the same drinks. On stage Philippine Roger Asakil Joya stands with his samurai knife. He came in fourth place in the Sushi World Cup in 2016. He begins the presentation by showing us a box of the ingredients awaiting us....

Vestlandet, Norway
Lava restaurant

Lava restaurant

Location is important – and dining on the edge of a milky blue warm water lagoon is surely something not to be missed when in Iceland. But the restaurant connected to the spa is actually worth a visit in its own right. The local specialities, such as the arctic char with thinly sliced cucumber and fennel, spiced up with dill oil and garnished with char roe – are tasty, light and fresh. Those opting for more down to earth classics can try the plump blue mussels cooked in beer served with crispy potatoes and bright green herb aioli. The local brewery Borg is well represented on the beverage menu, and the fruity bright “Nordic sa...

Grindavík, Island
Matur og Drykkur

Matur og Drykkur

There is some serious mixing and matching going on at Matur og Drykkur, the sibling restaurant of Slippurinn in the Westman Islands. The aesthetic is evident in both food and surroundings: From cut-up paintings adorning the otherwise industrial interior to the piña colada à la Iceland, this is traditional fare with a modern twist. And what a pleasure when it all comes together to reward our taste buds with that rarity: A new and exciting combination of old flavours. One of the first dishes presented is double-smoked lamb chips with buttermilk dots, sprinkled with nutmeg. A whimsical and deceptively simple look compared to the rich...

Reykjavík, Island
Slottsrestaurangen Kalmar

Slottsrestaurangen Kalmar

As soon as you cross the drawbridge the tone is set. This is not some joint you casually slip into unnoticed. A glass of cava and an amuse-bouche, like a mineral-rich French oyster with beetroot powder, awaits you in the entrance hall. With only one sitting, Thursday-Saturday, you’re a part of a full evening performance. The menu is your score and dishes swirl out from the kitchen, where the overture, a dizzyingly good soup of forest mushrooms, is given subtle acidity from the seeds of the leek flower. There are toys for boys galore in the kitchen equipment department and emulsions, dried this and pulverised that accompany the dis...

Småland, Sweden
Mielcke & Hurtigkarl

Mielcke & Hurtigkarl

Our restaurant, set in one of Copenhagen’s most beautiful royal gardens. It is a curious and stylish cabaret of gourmet experiments, contemporary art and elaborate designs set to create a total experience. Design and art is a fundamental ingredient in the experience and our restaurant features the unique works of some of the most prominent artists and designers Denmark has formed in this decade. A treat for all your senses....

Frederiksberg , Denmark
 
Chef & Sommelier

Chef & Sommelier

Some restaurants make you feel sexy. Others make you feel elegant and chic, or just plain out of place. Then there are (very few) that make you feel as if you’ve stepped onto a non-stop, no-brakes culinary roller coaster – regardless of who you are or what you wear. Chef & Sommelier is that kind of place. It’s tiny, and Sasu Laukkonen (the chef) and Johan Borgar (the sommelier) have crammed in as many chairs and tables as is humanly possible, barely allowing Laukkonen and the other chefs room to squeeze between the tables with the plates. You understand the huge popularity of the place when, within the first ten minutes, you h...

Helsinki, Finland
La Maison

La Maison

La Maison, only a year old, is already a big hit. Restaurateur Mari Kärkkäinen, well known in Helsinki’s culinary circles, previously ran a popular restaurant with the same name in another part of the city. The new La Maison is unapologetically a neighbourhood restaurant offering French cuisine. You have to search high and low to find a similar establishment in Finland. In fact, La Maison is not at all about trendy local food or Finnish ingredients, and the interior is exactly like neighbourhood restaurants in mainland Europe. The clientele is a motley bunch of city folk – families, couples and local patrons – whose chatter ...

Helsinki, Finland
C

C

At its very best, eating at Ravintola C feels like you’re experiencing childhood flavours so loaded with memories that it doesn’t matter that they’re actually not yours, but those of Chef Ilkka Alatalo. The cuisine at C can be described as local and creative. The kitchen goes a long way toward achieving its ideal of self-sufficiency and in sourcing its ingredients from close by. The amuse-bouche made with burbot, mashed potato and dried egg yolk tastes like something a Finnish grandmother would make if she only knew how to get the flavours this uncannily right. The house-cured goose breast from Hauhola with pickled porcini, sw...

Birkaland, Finland
Umami

Umami

It’s not often one finds restaurateurs who do things differently, since all restaurants, to one degree or another, follow the same formula. But when you’re located in a small northern Norwegian town with 20,000 inhabitants, one has to adapt a bit, and that’s what proprietors Sigrid Rafaelsen and Kim-Håvard Larsen have done at Umami. Open only for bookings, the dynamic duo does everything themselves. They meet and greet, they cook and they serve, they pour wine and make coffee, they clean and they lock up – only to do it all over again when the next guests arrive. Umami feels a bit like being in a restaurant, and a bit like ...

Nord-Norge, Norway
Gustav Wasa

Gustav Wasa

The safe vaults in the coal cellar on Rådhusgatan aren’t as old as Gustav Vasa, but still very charming. Once you’ve finally found the way down, the corridor leads via the gastro pub to the cosy brick-walled space. They’ve managed to incorporate modern ventilation into the antique room, without destroying the wonderful vintage feel. The choice is between seven and three course menus. To the evening’s credit the former turns out to include eight courses, plus a palate-cleansing sorbet and amuse bouche. The latter consists of pickled apple with strips of home-made salami. A really good start to a delicious dinner. The theme c...

Vaasa , Finland
Havsvidden

Havsvidden

Just how crazy can a steak tartare get? Well, about as crazy as the one at Restaurang Havsvidden we would guess. A substantial cube of roughly chopped beef, a few cooked peas plus a pale green egg of really sweet pistachio ice cream. More amusing than really tasty, something for the adventurous to check off their list. (And what have we said about ripples of balsamic vinegar on plates!) Otherwise the menu is rather more gastronomically refined. Admittedly, we also get to experience the first asparagus soup with passion fruit in our long gastronomic life, but here the flavours sit considerably more naturally. In fact it makes us wond...

Åland, Finland
Smör

Smör

Smör tarjoaa suussa sulavia elämyksiä ja herkullisen elämän aitoja helmiä. Inspiroidumme skandinaavisen keittiön rehellisestä ja rouheasta ruoasta. Ammennamme sen yllätyksellisistä yksityiskohdista. Jokainen annos on käsityönä tehty taidonnäyte, joka valmistetaan ammattitaidolla sesongin parhaista raaka-aineista. Intohimoja tunnustamme kaksi: viinit ja viimeistelty palvelu....

Åbo, Finland
Marg og bein

Marg og bein

Just off the beaten track, on the way up towards Nygårdsparken, Marg & Bein is hidden between university faculty and student apartments. The name? It’s Norwegian for marrow and bone. And this is perhaps the best way to describe the essence of their concept. With knuckles and bones decorating the tables, Marg & Bein depicts the rawness of traditional Norwegian cooking, and combines it with both French and English home-cooked cuisine. Here you will find meltingly tender ox cheeks, bread pudding drenched with liquid caramel and steaming, rich soups. David McCarthy is the former Head Chef of Colonialen. At Marg & Bein he, together wi...

Vestlandet, Norway
19 Glas Bar & Matsal

19 Glas Bar & Matsal

There aren’t many restaurants with as much character and personality as 19 Glas. Owner Peter Bennyson is a bit of a one-off. With his huge enthusiasm and in-depth knowledge, particularly of wine, he makes each and every guest feel extra welcome. The kitchen works in a distinctly New Nordic spirit with a focus on raw ingredients. Organic, locally produced vegetables happily take centre stage in pared-down presentations, but kid of goat from Raftsjöhöjden, lamb tongue and smoked reindeer heart all find their way onto the plates. Oven-baked celeriac from Ugglarp with trout roe and seaweed foam is wonderful in its simplicity and who...

Stockholm, Sweden
Røst Teaterbistro

Røst Teaterbistro

We are comfortably seated in a cubicle covered in red velvet. In front of us, a stage. The old Theatercafeen has been serving guests since 1858. The venue has soul, though the room may at times feel cavernous due to the ceiling height and the cold drafts from the ventilation system, but the theatricals definitely help the atmosphere along. To the sound of trickling water from the fountain and slack jazz, the show begins, star-studded with central Norwegian ingredients. Chef Mette Beate Evensen draws on experience from both Maaemo and Ylajali. Now she's in the kitchen with her boyfriend Martin Hovdal, and together they deliver a trib...

Mitt-Norge, Norway
Grön

Grön

Another one of these restaurants? When Grön opened its doors a year ago rumours spread that it was just one more hipster restaurant with foraged greens and natural wines - the type of restaurant we've seen in Copenhagen, New York and London. A year later, Grön has matured into one of the best restaurants in Helsinki. The shelves along the main wall of the small dining room are packed with containers of dried and pickled herbs, buds, spices and berries. Once the dinner begins, Grön delivers from beginning to end. The dishes have a strong bond with the wilderness, and foraging is an essential part of Head Chef Toni Kostian’s cook...

Helsinki, Finland
Regina

Regina

Visiting Regina, located in a posh southern Helsinki neighbourhood, feels special. Run by two generations of chefs, the grand old man Markus Aremo and the young gun Markus Fogelholm, the tiny restaurant offers upskale bistro food. The feeling we get is that Regina wants to play at a high level, but at the same time fly under the radar and avoid attention. A curious combination. The ambiance of the tiny restaurant is minimalistic and retro yet cosy, the lighting’s so dim it’s almost dark. The service is particularly friendly. The quirky wine list is a mixed bag offering big producers and natural wines side by side. Regina is the ...

Helsinki, Finland
Olo

Olo

The most important thing for us is to provide our guests with an unforgettable culinary journey. We purchase our ingredients mainly from small and familiar domestic and Nordic producers that keep a high standard. It always pleases us to hear that our guests have enjoyed our surprising and delicate Scandinavian flavours. The delicacies from our wine cellar and the easygoing atmosphere make friends of good food from all over the world return to us. We have a Michelin star and we top the restaurant rankings year after year in Finland. Our good location by the Market Square gives the venue a unique atmosphere. Treat yourself – come ex...

Helsingfors, Finland
Plah Restaurant

Plah Restaurant

Black is the new black at Plah. The decor reminds us of a nightclub, with black walls and a trapeze hanging from the roof with a doll dressed up as a cabaret artist. Set menus are the order of the day, one vegetarian and one with meat and fish. The small dishes are elegantly presented, like the Greenland prawn in a betel leaf, the chilli relish in bacon crisp and the tapioca dumpling in a little box. They are, however, a challenge for the taste buds, especially the two last which pack an extreme chilli punch which effectively hides all the other flavours. The salad with whale and the fried skate wing with chilli and lime is also a c...

Oslo, Norway
Sofiero Slottsrestaurang

Sofiero Slottsrestaurang

Välkommen att avnjuta en god middag i vacker parkmiljö. Varför inte kombinera ett besök i Sofieros slottsträdgård med ett restaurangbesök på Sofiero slottsrestaurang? Under ledning av kocken Marcus Nemrin tillreder vi förstklassig mat av närproducerade råvaror. Boka bord och avnjut en god bit mat i mysig slottsmiljö! Vår restaurang ligger 5 km norr om Helsingborg, i Sofiero slott! ...

Helsingborg, Sweden
Brasserie France

Brasserie France

In a restaurant scene that often fluctuates around trends and hype, there’s something very refreshing about Brasserie France, the mainstay purveyor of no-frills French comfort food in close proximity to Oslo’s tourist street #1, Karl Johans Gate. When it comes to traditionalist cuisine, this always-crowded behemoth is one of the city’s best and most consistent spots to visit. Staple dishes such as onion soup, duck liver paté, escargots bathing in garlicky butter and lamb sirloin with ratatouille are some of the highlights, served by a knowledgeable, attentive staff who will do their best to put a smile on your face. You don...

Oslo, Norway
Kvarter 5

Kvarter 5

The blue Åland flag with its yellow and red cross waves cockily from the mini burger with Åland cheese and onion. For a newcomer to stick out on Mariehamn’s well-trodden restaurant scene a certain amount of attitude is required. Kvarter 5, with its hotel, wine bar and restaurant, now has a few years under its belt and they’ve started to get the hang of things. The atmosphere in the restaurant section is classically hotell-y – austere, quiet, cosy and slightly dull. Really small starters bring a more modern twist to the concept. The Head Chef Dennis Lindqvist recommends ordering two or three – after which you’ll be semi-f...

Åland, Finland
Restaurang Trädgårdsgatan 26

Restaurang Trädgårdsgatan 26

On the same street as the historic Hotell Borgholm Chef Jonas Åhman runs his restaurant. The party atmosphere is apparent as soon as you come in through the door, because everyone arrives at the same time. During the summer there are two sittings to choose between. Jonas takes care of the bookings himself and it gets booked up quickly in the dining room which seats barely 20 people. The polite maître d’ soon arrives to take our orders. It doesn’t take long as the three course menu is already set so you only need to decide whether you want meat or fish for your main course. Meanwhile there’s feverish activity in the kitchen w...

Öland, Sweden
Roster Helsinki

Roster Helsinki

The opening of this restaurant was a bit of an occasion since it pitted together two well-known faces, Chef Kari Aihinen from Savoy and restaurant manager Paul Hickman from the carnivore-joint Grotesk. Operated by the restaurant group Royal Restaurants, Roster has a perfect location by the Market Square and offers seats for 300 people on two floors. The place has a nice vibe but requires finishing touches here and there. The ambiance is casual, or rock ‘n’ roll, as Hickman puts it. Roster successfully combines trendy elements such as late-night dining and fixed margins on wine. The menu is written in every imaginable font, which...

Helsinki, Finland
SMAK

SMAK

Book a Table works so that the restaurants in town were collected at the same site, where visitors can go in, find deals, and book a table at preferred restaurant. After the visit, one can as a guest review experience.
In late August, organized Book a Table Awards on new Haymarket Hotel in central Stockholm. Most restaurants were nominated, and winners were selected. The electoral process proceeded by a number of reviews, more precisely 100 reviews per restaurant. Subsequently Book a Table analyzed and selected the winners....

Stockholm, Sweden
Le Benjamin

Le Benjamin

Le Benjamin is somewhat of a blessing for the natives of Oslo. Yes, it is easily the best French restaurant in Norway, but it is also a testimony to the fact that quality still matters and that French cooking has a home in the New Nordic restaurant scene. The restaurant has been fully booked every day since it opened some five years ago, and during those years they have trained numerous young chefs and waiters, winning acclamation and competitions for both food and service. It possesses the warmth that is usually associated with family-owned restaurants, and is the first choice for Oslo’s restaurant staff when enjoying their Sunda...

Oslo, Norway
Muusu

Muusu

Muusu is located in one of the lower buildings on buzzing Livu Square. The terrace is very popular in the summer, while at other times of the year guests prefer to the warmly grey dining room downstairs. Its walls are decorated with pencil drawings of creatures great and small, quite a few of which also turn up on the menu: cow, lamb, pig, duck, pike, salmon. All items on the menu designated “m” are also raised, grown or produced in Latvia. Among them is the goat’s cheese fluffed up with yoghurt and served with chopped hazelnuts and finely sliced, marinated courgette. Tender beetroot and blackcurrants accompany the mangalica, ...

Riga, Latvia
Hallingstuene

Hallingstuene

Looking down over the village, there is not much to indicate that you’re in for some of the best food in behind the doors at Hallingstuene. Inside the restaurant you meet a concentration of everything a mountain cabin has to offer; there are logs, there’s traditional “rosemaling” (kurbits-style ornamental paintings) and there’s a large fireplace. It is also constantly packed or well on the way to being completely packed. At Hallingstuene it pays off to book a table well ahead of time. The restaurant can accommodate anything from a festive dinner with friends, a romantic table for two or a long one for larger celebrations. ...

Vestlandet, Norway
Restaurang CG

Restaurang CG

Luleå was named Growth Municipality of the Year in Sweden in 2015 and in the main city the restaurant scene is growing like mad. Which means that the more established restaurants can’t rest on their laurels any more, but need to be constantly on their toes in order to entice their (un) faithful guests back. So it is at CG’s, which has now established itself as one of the region’s better and more creative restaurants. It starts as soon as we enter the bar, where a refreshing sangria or one of the numerous gin cocktails improve our mood. The menu is just as tempting, guinea fowl and lobster get on famously with gyoza ravioli to...

Luleå, Sweden
Grythyttans Gästgivaregård

Grythyttans Gästgivaregård

We felt it straight away. Something had happened. When we sat down in front of the tables decked in white, freshly-ironed tablecloths, we were met by a “please take a seat” and a real sense of joy in the welcome. In 2014 the Spendrup family took over the inn. This is beginning to make itself felt in the small details. The brown china has been exchanged for classic white, the food has been refined and the attentiveness, knowledge and timing in the staff service has been improved. In the old salon, festooned with velvets, Queen Kristina looks down from her portrait. She looks serious and inquisitive, as if she wonders: are you hav...

Grythyttan, Sweden
Nord Austur

Nord Austur

Since our restaurant opened it's doors in 2003 we've focused on using only the best local produce of the season. Our food is fresh and tasty, prepared with great respect for the raw material. We seek influence from french, danish and Italian cuisine - and of course traditional Icelandic fine cooking. The fish comes in each day from local fishermen, our vegetables from Vallanes ecological farm when available, the lamb from the East-Icelandic plateau. Our menus are small, and change frequently since yesterdays fish just isn't good enough....

Seyðisfjörður, Island
Pileredet - Engø Gård Hotel & Restaurant

Pileredet - Engø Gård Hotel & Restaurant

Engø Gård and Pileredet are well situated on the picturesque island of Tjøme. Around a small courtyard you find something of a cornucopia of possibilities for the whole family. A bath house, a terrace, an ocean view and a restaurant up under the roof, called Pileredet. You begin you adventure on the terrace with a view down the long stretch of lawn and the path towards the sea. A smoked quail egg, soft boiled, is a little explosion of flavours of smoke, juniper and salt. Next is a brandade with grated walnuts, before we’re herded up to the dining room. The restaurant is located on the floor above the terrace, and you still have...

Tjøme, Norway
Lyon

Lyon

Edith Piaf is playing in the background. The eye catches glimpses of worn-out carpeting, heavy drapes, and dark wood. The atmosphere is like in an upskale Paris bistro in the days of Mitterrand, as the ramshackle air-conditioning machinery in the ceiling suggests. But then the food starts to arrive... Oh boy, the food. The fifty-year-old Lyon sits at the crossroads of two eras. It is both loyal to its traditions and simultaneously wriggling away from them. At the core of this ostensible contradiction lies a cutting-edge kitchen run by the talented and bold Head Chef, Tuomas Vierelä. The kitchen is pitted against the classic ambianc...

Helsinki, Finland
Art Priori

Art Priori

When did you last have ants for dinner? At fashionable Art Priori they’ve crept into the apple sorbet that refreshes guests’ palates halfway through the tasting menu. It’s not just an elaborate gimmick; the formic acid really works quite well in the context. In the extravagant suite of dining rooms, whose walls are lined with pricey original art, a well-dressed clientele is treated to quite a few visually spectacular creations from the kitchen as well. The young and talented Head Chef, Orm Oja, belongs to the contemporary school where venerable Estonian traditions are infused with new techniques and exotic flavours. After the ...

Tallinn, Estonia
Smak

Smak

Smak

A breeding ground for contest chefs

Smak – the Norwegian word for flavour – is Odd Ivar Solvold’s project in Sandefjord and has, ever since starting up, hatched some of the ultimate tech......

Sandefjord, Norway
Strand restaurant

Strand restaurant

Just a short drive from the hectic streets of Oslo, situated beside the sea and surrounded by a small park, is one of the most peaceful restaurants imaginable. Strand Restaurant is an excellent retreat for dinner, lunch or just a coffee and some freshly baked delights. The house has been a restaurant since 1924, and in 2010 the chefs behind the Lava chef collective, headed by Chef Tom Victor Gausdal, took over place, renovated the entire building, and relaunched Strand in its current form. Tom Victor and his team of chefs make amazingly unpretentious and delightful food. The quality is consistently high and they focus on wild greens...

Oslo, Norway
GASTROBAR EMO

GASTROBAR EMO

The easy-going sister restaurant of acclaimed Restaurant Olo, Gastrobar Emo serves high-quality food cooked by the Head Chef and partner Ilkka Lääveri, though it suffers slightly from fluctuations in quality. Emo’s ambiance is like Nordic minimalism that’s a little rough around the edges. Jars of herbs freshen up the big dining room with windows facing the street. The atmosphere is casual and vibrant, the cutlery rests in boxes and napkins hang on hooks beside the chairs. The playlist accompanying the dining seems less well thought out. Hits from the 90s feel like an odd choice. The changing “High Five!” menu is a good val...

Helsinki, Finland
3 Pavaru

3 Pavaru

The lovely yellow row of houses in the old town, known locally as Jacob’s Barracks, is tightly packed with restaurants and bars. 3 pavaru tempts guests with outdoor tables when the weather permits, but it’s inside you want to be. A charming space with quirky decoration details, a central four-sided bar surrounding hefty round pillars in dark grey and with chairs on all sides for lone eaters. The cheerful young crew are always on the move, creating a wonderfully active atmosphere. The walls are decorated with spectacular art. And it’s not just the walls, it turns out: attentive and knowledgeable waiters use the miniature paper ...

Riga, Latvia
Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri

Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri

Bekkjarvik is a peaceful haven on the coastal outskirts of Bergen. Here, the sheep run wild and the delicate fruits of the sea are harvested at just a few steps away the kitchen at the guesthouse. The small historical hotel has been a destination for travellers since 1600. Today the brothers and well-renowned chefs, Ørjan Johannessen and Arnt Johannessen, are at the reins in this small island kingdom with their well-composed dishes and care for local environment and ingredients – the seafood is mainly delivered by local fishermen. The food is a combination of exclusive and down to earth, and the same can be said about both the in...

Vestlandet, Norway
Vin & Skafferi Hus 13

Vin & Skafferi Hus 13

Vin & Skafferi is right next door to a medieval tower and guests sit comfortably in the sheltered inner courtyard on a warm summer evening and enjoy a welcome as personal as it is professional. Sometimes it’s one the chefs who comes out and presents the delicious works of art. The menu is composed of the best the region’s small-scale producers have to offer. We choose the fish of the day - a loving tribute to the sea and the Halland soil in the form of butter-fried hake with a flakey consistency, delectable butter sauce and different types of beets, carrots and crisp sugar snap peas on the plate. The salinity is perfect. The fil...

Varberg, Sweden
Restaurant Aanaar (Hotel Kultahovi)

Restaurant Aanaar (Hotel Kultahovi)

Perched on the banks of white-water rapids, Kultahovi has managed to hold onto its low-key image, even though the hotel was recently modernized. The hotel owner Heikki Nikula, who is half Sami, is known for his reindeer delicacies even in southern Finland. Besides reindeer, Restaurant Aanaari’s menu features locally caught fish, wild herbs and seasonal berries. The presentations are refreshingly gimmick-free and simple, but the ideas behind the food are all the more intricate. The mild soup starter is made with wild celery stems and incorporates a splash of false morel ragout. If you’re used to farmed whitefish, the native white...

Inari, Finland
Kol

Kol

Kol, in the très chic part of town, instantly became a beloved hang out when they opened a few years back. Start at the bar, where “creative” doesn’t even begin to describe the concoctions, let’s just say that ”smoked duck fat washed bourbon” and “olive oil washed gin” are recurring ingredients in the drinks. Sharing a bowl of Fruits de Mer is a good choice for a starter – langoustine, mussels, prawns, assorted ceviche, sashimi and roes are served with a dash of tabasco and smoked chilli mayo for punch. Tiny marinated scallops come with almonds, chilli and leeks – a combination more interesting than beautiful. T...

Reykjavík, Island
Hotel Frederiksminde

Hotel Frederiksminde

When you grab dinner with the works at the restaurant at Hotel Frederiksminde in Præstø, splashing out on bubbles first and then coffee and sweets to finish, the Danish call it “an evening at Mindet” ("The Memory” in English). And if you do make your way to this hotel in Southern Zealand, beautifully situated at Præstø Fjord, there is no reason to settle for less. Frederiksminde is at the very top of what Danish gastronomy can offer right now, with an innovative kitchen that alternates between really good and genius. The first stroke of genius already hits us in the midst of a flurry of simple, tasty snacks. A fresh fir br...

Sjælland, Denmark
Huset

Huset

At the bottom of a massive mountainside on the outskirts of Longyearbyn lies Huset. It’s been a natural meeting point for the town since the Fifties. In those days Huset housed a school, post office, restaurant and cinema. Now, it’s home to a hotel, restaurant, bistro and one of the most extensive wine cellars in the Nordic region. The dining room is rustically cosy and the tables are laid with rough linen cloths. One of the walls is covered with a large polar bear skin. A silky, soy-marinated seal tartare with juniper mayo which embraces the wild flavours of iron and liver together with a brittle almond potato crisp is a welcom...

Longyearbyen, Norway
Mellbygatans ost & delikatesser

Mellbygatans ost & delikatesser

The heart of Mellbygatan is called Samuel Didier and can be found in the dining room. He is like a happy combination of a jolly pub landlord who knows everyone and a hipster waiter from one of the city’s edgier joints. He likes to chat a lot and anticipates guests’ needs à la “I took the liberty of…”. The whole restaurant is just such a combination: there’s a rolling beer selection on a par with the best in Gothenburg or Stockholm, but with modest mark-ups even for the more exclusive items. It doesn’t take long for the trends to reach here from the capital. At Mellbygatan you can drink cocktails out of jam jars the ve...

Västergötland, Sweden
Roux

Roux

In 2016, the Gastronomic Association of Finland awarded restaurant Roux the title of “Restaurant of the Year”. Located roughly 100 km north of Helsinki, Roux was praised for its classic French cuisine, outstanding service and impressive wine knowledge. A family restaurant in the spirit of Roux is a true rarity in Finland, attracting a large local crowd. The food is a pragmatic combination of classic French cuisine and Finnish favourites. The presentations are beautiful and the flavour combinations show off the talent in the kitchen. An appetiser with an abundance of seasonal flavours comes first: a creamy asparagus soup over shr...

Lahti, Finland
Mathallen

Mathallen

Ingredients hand-picked by our chef are the secret behind our tasty lunches and delightful restaurant experiences. Menu items may change, but we always offer the absolute best in locally-sourced, seasonal meat and fish dishes, inspired by traditional northern Norwegian culinary tradition....

Tromsø, Norway
Folk & Fe

Folk & Fe

Folk & Fe is a cosy neighbourhood café with a rustic touch and pleasant service. The menu changes daily and you can select up to seven courses. The meat dishes offered are based on a nose-to-tail concept, utilising the entire animal, but it is also possible to order fish and purely vegetarian dishes. The chèvre-like cheese Myrull is burnt and served on a beetroot salad with horseradish, onion, pickled carrot and puffed barley. An interesting dish with contrasting flavours. A main dish of poached eggs and mashed potatoes is, in comparison, a dish of too little flavour, lacking variety in texture. Folk & Fe focuses on local produce ...

Mitt-Norge, Norway
Kamai

Kamai

In an inner city courtyard, one of the nicer ones in Grünerløkka, you find Kamai. A place that has caused quite a stir among both critics and the restaurant goers of Oslo. Kamai consists of a café, a bar and a restaurant. The bar is full and festive, and come spring a beer garden in the lovely courtyard is in the making. The restaurant is located under the roof in the rustic, refurbished room – you pass the kitchen at the entrance, when you ascend to the hall. The food served is free of any geographic affiliations – taste and style rule here, and “the best from all over the world” appears to be the kitchen motto. A cevich...

Oslo, Norway
Credo

Credo

Behind the doors of a grey, minimalist facade, you'll find an experimental kitchen under the auspices of Head Chef Heidi Bjerkan. Credo gives you new flavour sensations hinging on tradition. The blood pudding is a good example, for it has never tasted as good as it does here, with a sweet, melting and warm core. Coming to Credo is like coming to Trøndelag, it's cosy, hospitable, amusing and flavoursome. We are in the rocking city of Trondheim and the mood is effortless. Lovely guitar sounds emanate from the speakers, dismantling the formal expectations of fine dining. The venue is small and intimate with a bit demanding acoustics. ...

Mitt-Norge, Norway
Nautical

Nautical

We intend to
give top priority to experience. We will give you something which is truly beyond the ordinary and we believe that the way to get there is through attention to detail.
The food we offer is pure and simple but not boring, prepared with love and care while thinking about both the future and the past. The raw materials we are looking for must be the season's best, grown and nourished with care for both animals and nature, preferably in our immediate surroundings.
When choosing our wines and other drinks, we follow the same principles as we do during our search for raw materials. Our sommeliers will not give up until you...

Åland, Finland
Hemmagastronomi

Hemmagastronomi

They appear to have a fine feel for pure flavours, the Laiti family from Tornedalen. Simon, the nationally recognised founder of Hemmagastronomi, has been joined by his younger cousin Johan, the youngest participant in the first stage of the Chef of the Year competition a couple of years ago. The cousins now spur each other on to create ever more subtle culinarily high-flying dishes, with a preference for local Norrbotten produce, unsullied and unique ingredients and everything the great sea to the west has to offer. The shellfish platter is a formidable experience in gluttony, where you almost disappear behind all the claws and she...

Luleå, Sweden