There are quite a few places in and around Vasastan where you can wine and dine in which ever fashion/style you fancy. Here are some varied titbits about a handful of restaurants.
Run by one of Sweden’s top chefs this is an absurdly decorated upscale BBQ-joint. You can dine in a variety of different highly exaggerated environments and enjoy BBQ from all over the world. It is somewhat pricey with main courses starting from 190 kr. If this is too rich for your budget Grill also serves a wonderful lunch buffet on weekdays that only sets you back 110 kr. If you try their buffet on Fridays they even throw in a dessert. The restaurant is located just on Drottninggatan 89.
Vasa's Bar & Matsal
If you want to experience a real Swedish “sunkhak” this is the place to go. A “sunkhak” is a cheap bar/restaurant where you can find the local drunks and sample the most rudimentary form of Swedish cuisine such as “falukorv”. Happy Hour lasts all day and a beer never costs more than 30 kr. On Tuesdays Vasa’s serves an all you can eat taco buffet mercifully priced at 79 kr. Try it, you will enter a world far from that o Sveavägen 65. You can find Vasa’s on Norrtullsgatan 15, just few meters from Odenplan.
Rolfs Kök is a small but exquisite restaurant located on Tegnérgatan 41 a few blocks from Sveavägen. It’s somewhat of an institution in Stockholm’s restaurant world and has been there for ages. They serve a 2-course lunch for 127 kr that is worth every crown. If you opt to visit Rolfs Kök to have dinner I strongly urge you to try their red wine braised cheeks of ox with truffle (from the Swedish island of Gotland) & potato purée, it’s heavenly and surely worth 225 kr.
If you’re feeling peckish when an all-nighter is approachin a pizza from Buona Sera can be just what you need. The small but rather good pizza parlor is located just off Sveavägen on Kungstensgatan 35. The pizzas cost about 70 kr and are really good.
If you like Sushi but don’t like to pay a fortune Ki Mama is the place to go. They are widely recognized as having the best sushi in town and you don’t have to dish up more than 75 kr. The restaurant is small and always crowded so I would recommend take away. If you want to try something new I suggest Kiku, it’s like one big piece of sushi with mixed fish and roe served with several “toppings”. You can find Ki Mama on Observatoriegatan 1.
Tranan is a good restaurant on Odenplan with mainly typical Swedish food. It has been there for ages and has a nice bar in the basement. Main courses starts at 145kr and you can also enjoy a quality business lunch at Tranan. The food and ambiance exudes of luxury from a time and place that is no more. Try this wonderful restaurant that you can find on Karlbergsvägen 14.
Prinsen is a classic restaurant that only serves traditional Swedish dishes or as we in Sweden call it: Husmanskost. This is a fashionable place where main courses start at about 200 kr located just off Stureplan on Mäster Samuelsgatan 4. If you are visitor in Sweden from a foreign country you should definitively try this restaurant, you really get to taste the best of Sweden.
Written by Kristian Kull