we dined at the amazing, mind blowing Gastrologik in Stockholm. I am not really sure how we even scored a reservation -
there is no menu- there is a very small sign on the door (you could easily miss it) - it costs a small fortune and it is worth every cent.... I don't really need to say the blah blah blah about "we've dined all over the world" etc. which I find so insufferable from reviewers at online sites. - AND this is one of the best meals we have ever had world wide - along with being in the top price category as well.
as I said there is no menu and I wish I had made some notes but I will stumble through the multi multi courses and see what I can remember of the specifics. In this instance a take away menu might be a nice thing- but here goes:
the sign near the door (about actual size)
at each table is a hard bound book that gives more information about the how the food is "sourced" - it is your gift to take with you at the end of the evening-
the place settings are resting in an elk antler bone segment
this is the menu- you are given a large card which opens up- on the left hand side this is what it says in the upper left hand corner-
and this is what it says in the lower right hand corner:
those are the choices- three courses or six- but don't be fooled- you are going to go through and odyssey of way more than six courses.
here is a bit more information about who they are and what they believe-
we ordered a bottle of Chassagne Montrachet thinking that a big white would probably be suited to just about any course they could serve us from the unknown menu-
the waiter asked if while they chilled the white they could serve us some amuse bouche- LOL- like we would refuse - LOL and here we go on the amuse courseS-
beet ice cream and a slice of frozen beet
quail eggs made into a sort of custard
raw Kobe beef served with a painting of sauce that made it taste somewhat grilled
the first part of a bread soup made from yesterday's bread burned and puree (it may sound awful but it tasted sublime) kind of deep and rich like earthy coffee---
gougeres with a scent of juniper:
the three breads all house made and made from the same ingredients in different ways- they were served with a rock topped with the incredible butter from somewhere in the north of Sweden:
OK so those were the amuse courses (all six of them) and now our wine was ready and the meal "began" (?) LOL
I hope Phil can remember the first course - some veggie thing as they told us they start with vegetables and then fish and then meat courses (that was all that was revealed ahead of time)
above- although this looked and tasted like potato- it was I believe made with mushrooms and below- could be foie gras - LOL- why oh why did I not write some notes?????
the lobster and green tomato course:
at this point the waiter recommended that we order a glass of red to accompany the next secret course - we of course chose the burgundy-
to go with:
duck and truffles above and below the cheese course-
a palate cleanser
the desserts begin- squash ice cream
a sweeter choice for the next course- but what exactly???? LOL
then a box of little treasures (two layers) on the bottom brownie like things and the top had tuiles and various other treats
I wish the photos were better to really show off the amazing beauty of the food but I didn't want to use flash so as not to disturb other diners. So hopefully you can get a bit of the sense of the meal.
below: hard at work a Rational oven (see Calihan review called "been there done that?" from August 7, 2012 - earlier this year)
and the team members too!
and finally - in case you are anywhere near Stockholm and get a hankering for a mind blowing meal- get in touch via these methods:
I think we can safely say you will have a completely unique experience and one of the best meals of your life- in a relaxed atmosphere with first rate service!