I didn’t really anticipate Sweden to be a culinary destination. If I could go back in time and dig into my brain and think about my pre-cognitive thoughts prior to visiting the country, I could state the obvious and think of the following: Swedish meatballs, Ikea and ABBA. All fantastic stereotypes of this Scandinavian country, but I must say I was quite intrigued by the dishes served up for some serious OMNOMNOMage.
The Elk Burger: Hold the Bun!
Want a gourmet meal at a super bargain price? You’ll stay full for two meals (seriously) and you’ll get a good bang for your buck that you might even be tempted to lick your plate clean. The delicious, hearty and mouth salivating Elk Burger should be your choice in Sweden. Served gourmet style at the Hotel Hellsten, it is made from elk native to Northern Sweden mixed with fresh herbs in a wild truffle sauce that you’ll want to bathe in.
Served with fresh vegetables and of course, lingonberries, it is the perfect dinner dish at 118SEK or roughly under $20. The meat alone in New York would probably cost $20, so this is a bargain gourmet meal.
The Verdict: I took a picture quickly because I was certain I’d down this bad boy. I should have taken an after picture, because I doubt there was nothing left but a clean plate. The elk burger looks huge, but it’s extremely tender and almost sweet. The meat is juicy and soaks up the wild truffle sauce and lingonberries like a piece of toast.
I typically “judge” European countries as being a beer, wine or liquor place. After visiting Stockholm, I’m not sure where it fits. I found the wine to be divine, the beer to be savory, and unfortunately, I did not get to try any native liquors. (I got a little travel cold midway through the trip.) Nonetheless, this beer will channel your inner Oktoberfest bier vibes (If you love German beer) because its a darker version of it.
Verdict: It resonates a light caramel taste that isn’t too heavy. Oh, and it is from a part of Sweden I definetely can’t pronounce: Nyköping, Sweden
At last we meet again Swedish Meatballs
The Swedes call it köttbullar, but most Americans know it’s served up along with a cart full of Ikea items. That’s right, they go together for a reason because they sure are typically Swedish. These babies are typically a mix of ground beef, pork and sometimes veal. They are served in a light sauce with noiled potatoes and lingonberry jam.
We were lucky enough to have this dish served at the cafeteria at The Vasa Museum (Swedish: Vasamuseet) where the famous ship sank in 1628 after only sailing for 20 minutes. Centuries later, the ship would be salvaged and on display for visitors to see.
Verdict: Note: I love that every ingredient is hand chosen from local farmers and producers that are ecologically friendly. You could absolutely taste it in the freshness of the food. I ate this dish so slowly because I wanted to savor every delicious bite.
I am Puerto Rican. I love scallops. I don’t know exactly these two go together, but I sure ate a lot of scallops as a kid and whenever I went to Puerto Rico. These are seared scallops and calamari with Cauliflower puree and Steamed Broccoli.
I’m just going to go right to it- What we ate was spectacular: Roasted belly of pork with tomato and caper salad, bernaise and roasted new potatoes, Steam Loin of Cod with nettle jus and horse radish. Thumbs up especially on the Cod. I am not typically Puerto Rican as I do not usually enjoy Cod as much as my fellow people do, but this prepared Cod was divine.
Have you tried Swedish cuisine? What is your verdict?
This trip to Berlin was sponsored by airberlin but the thoughts and opinions are those of the Admin.