Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Den Gyldene Freden @ Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden

A continuous stroll at Gamla Stan will ultimately lead you to one of the oldest restaurant in Sweden - Den Glydene Freden. 
The restaurant name which means "Golden Peace" refers to the famous Treaty of Nystad in 1721, that helped ended the Great Northern War by making peace between Sweden and Russia. 
This traditional rustic Swedish home cooking restaurant has been in business since 1722. 
Its cozy interior, dim lighting and antique furnitures helped to recreate the 18th century dining ambiance.
The rustic open air kitchen was bright and graceful, filled with modern cookwares.
We were offered three types of bread - Swedish flat bread (top) Limpa bread (center) and Baguette (bottom). The limpa bread was extremely memorable given its unique caraway and anise flavors. It also had a subtle sweet tone, which made it rather interesting. 
House Made Selection of Herrings and Baltic Herrings - As we waltzed through the herrings from sweet (honey herring) to savory (capers herrings and goat cheese herring). We were presented with some boiled potatoes.
These delicate and lightweight potatoes paired well with the heavily cured herrings. 
Swedish Meatballs with Cucumber, Lingonberries and Cream Sauce -You can't leave the restaurant without trying the meatballs with lingonberries. The meatballs were bursting with fresh minced meat and was further punctuated with some lingonberries and cream sauce. If only we can find such delicious meatballs back in Malaysia.
Lingonberries also known as mountain cranberries, is a staple food in Scandinavia. It is a popular relish for meatball, beef stew and liver dishes. 
Marinated and Butter-fried Cod with Crayfish Sauce and Spinach (SEK 325) - The pairs were marinated and slightly butter-fried before it was topped with a slew of crayfish sauce. The final flourish of spinach and potatoes were ideal for spooning over the creamy sauce. 
Beef with Chanterelles, Bacon and Mashed Potatoes (SEK 355) - Lastly, the steak found its way from the vintage cookbook to the dining room's table. The perfectly cooked steak was hard to go wrong with any sauce, but the chanterelles sauce with bacon was a marvel. 

VERDICT: SOMEWHAT SMITTEN

Den Gyldene Freden
Address: Osterlanggatan 51, Box 2269, 103 17 Stockholm. 
Phone: 46 (8) -249760

27 comments:

  1. Wow... I m really smitten with that Meatball and Lingonberry sauce.. drools... I am also quite a fan of herrings...I hope to be able to visit the beautiful Sweden one day too!! :D

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    1. The herrings were absolutely beautiful. I actually prefer the herrings over the meatballs =D

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  2. I love meatballs with lingonberry jam too, poor me can only get my fix at IKEA! ;P

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    1. KL needs more swedish restaurant... we need more variety!! =D

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  3. Wow food there don't come cheap eh?? It's hard to grasp just how long ago 1722 was. Imagine in a few more years it will be 300 years old! How many generations of people would have eaten there..heh

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    1. You are right, food there are very expensive. I had pick my restaurants carefully. There are many restaurant which I really really want to try but couldn't becoz is jus too expensive!

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  4. what a charming restaurant, full of character!!! :D i'd love to try the limpa bread. i wonder if it's possible for someone to trying baking it in KL (hopefully can get the ingredients here) =)

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    1. Can't comment on the baking side. I'm quite clueless in the kitchen, you might need to check with expert like baby sumo! =)

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  5. those food looks so simple and delicious..

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    1. The menu was rather simple, they don't have much choices. The above are some of thier popular dishes.

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  6. I have to say not to beef but I love the rest of it. The berries looks so good. I think I had enough food from Scandinavia, I almost died without chilies and my sambal belacan when I was in Norway and Denmark and also enough of fish,esp salmon and the rest.

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    1. Hahahhaa.... Tell me about it. All I could crave for when I was back is CHINESE FOOD and more Chinese food!

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  7. I'm smitten by the ambience as well. Was waiting patiently to continue your posts. Hahaha! Love the House Special, dear!

    Hey, Come & join my Vitacost US$50 International Giveaways! Good luck & see u there!

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    1. I try to be more hardworking and post more regarding my trip to the baltic... =)

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  8. Just the ambience itself has captivated my heart! <3

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    1. Yeap..The restaurant is like a historical spot =)

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  9. Swedish Meatballs Lingonberries, the nearest we can get is from Ikea :P

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  10. I miss European style bread. It's really something that you can bite and chew.

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    1. Yeap... love the texture of all the european bread!

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  11. I echo your thoughts too...if only we can get such lovely meatballs here...though, you should give Opika Organic's meatball a try. Overheard a Swede praising them when I was dining there.

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    1. really? thanks for the tips! will keep that in mind =)

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  12. I love these pictures of Sweden,
    they are absolutely stunning!

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  13. I love the ligonberry jam from Ikea but I'm sure that they don't taste as nice as the plump berries you get there!!! hmm.. the meatballs in malaysia's Ikea is different from others cause the ones in Aus have a mixture of pork in them AND are straight from sweden!!! (if i'm not mistaken)

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    1. Aust is really a food heaven! I really want to go back there again... but the aussie $ is getting more n more expensive..

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  14. Looks like you're having a really good time in Stockholm! I was sold on just that snapshot of bread.

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