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