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“Wonderful at all levels”
Review of Gotland Restaurang & Bar - CLOSED

Gotland Restaurang & Bar
Price range: $294 - $471
Cuisines: Swedish
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Norrmalm
Reviewed November 27, 2011

Great restaurant all around. Very good location, just off Stureplan but tucked away on a side street so it feels a bit quiet. Excellent decoration and looks beautiful. Combination of a small + cozy + modern place which is very interesting. Service was awesome and the food very good. Wine list is pretty good but could do with an extension. Try their home baked bread, to die for.

I would recommend anyone to go to Gotland.

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Thank RichardU71
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Reviewed November 18, 2011

A place where you can feel really relaxed and enjoy high quality genuine food

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1  Thank CGSanne
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Reviewed February 10, 2011

We had absolutely no idea what to expect from this restaurant, having booked it on impulse as the only restaurant taking part in Stockhom’s ‘Krogveckan’ promotion that had an attractive menu. We were frankly astounded by the experience that we had. I need to say straight away that the food was of the quality I would expect from a one Michelin star restaurant, and that it was my best meal of 2010 by some distance.

The restaurant, located just off Stureplan, was decorated in a relatively informal way, mainly in white – apparently drawing inspiration from the limestone stacks of its namesake island. Black and white photos clustered the walls while a plethora of randomly-arranged lightbulbs dangled like lobster pots from the rather industrial ceiling. I found the interior welcoming but maybe very slightly too jokey to lend the food the level of gravitas it deserved.

Despite our 10pm arrival, we were welcomed warmly and in an unhurried way, rather than being hustled to our table as so many other places do at this time of night. We took the time to read the introduction on the menu, which stressed the idea that each dish would present produce from the island as its main component, and ordered the same starter and main without too much hesitation.

Our starter arrived fairly quickly, and immediately treated us to our first glimpses of both the excellence of the food and the flaws in the service – the main reason why Gotland isn’t going to end up with a Michelin star as things currently stand. I was forced to attract the attention of another waiter to obtain cutlery, after having spend a few seconds puzzling over whether there was some reason we were expected to eat with our fingers. Once we were able to dig in we were both delighted. The centrepiece was a large scallop, seared to melting perfection and topped with a little mound of black (lumpfish?) caviar. Arranged around this were more thinly sliced pickled scallops sitting on dabs of a slightly acid parsnip cream and topped with a thin shaving of truffle, alternated with parsnip hearts that had been cut to look like small scallops and topped with a shaving of radish. The presentation was playful and attractive, and the flavour combination was delicate and excellent, with the radish providing that little spark of cleanness to counteract the richness of the scallop and the mild sweetness of the parsnip. We were recommended an acidic and very slightly sparkling Spanish white that didn’t appear to be on the wine list – it wasn’t really my cup of tea but paired excellently with the dish.

Our main course was equally spectacular. Organic Gotland lamb came served three ways: as a fillet, as a thin piece of belly rolled into a spiral, and as a finely chopped knuckle or shank. The fillet was cooked to a perfect medium-rare and was wonderfully tender without being at all bland-tasting as this cut can often be. It came accompanied by a glazed brussels sprout that helped bring out some extra earthy notes. The belly was rich, literally melted in the mouth and had a fantastic, intensely gamey flavour, while the knuckle was braised and spiced with coriander in a faintly North African style. We weren’t a hundred per cent sure which of the other two accompaniments were supposed to pair with which piece of meat, but found the sweet and sour tomato chutney went excellently with the rich belly, while the spiciness of the knuckle cut nicely through a creamy yet light Jerusalem artichoke puree (perfectly smooth). Lastly, the plate held a delicate lamb broth which added a little welcome moisture and saltiness without intruding on the rest of the dish (one of the most common issues I’ve had with food in Stockholm).

We were recommended an Italian red with this dish, I believe possibly Castello di Brolio, which again wasn’t listed as being served by the glass. I wasn’t too happy with this pairing, feeling that the wine was a little too smooth to stand up to some of the more strongly flavoured elements of the dish while also being slightly aggrieved that I wasn’t told the price of the wine when it was recommended. It turned out to be roughly twice the price of any of the reds that were listed by the glass so it would have been polite to mention this.

We hadn’t originally planned to take dessert, but we were so surprised by what we’d eaten so far that we felt we had to try them. I plumped for a little cake of cracked barley boiled with saffron and served with a sorbet made of a berry (sambär?) that I’d never tried or even heard of – apparently it grows only on Gotland. The combination was wonderful, earthy sweet and slightly sour all at the same time. The plate also contained a dab of almond cream that seemed a bit pointless and didn’t really combine too well with the rest of the dish, so I left it well alone. My companion ate a chocolate terrine that was really more of a mousse, which was flavoured with honey and served with pumpkin sorbet (very nice) and pecans. This was still a very good dish but I didn’t think it matched my dessert or quite lived up to the excellence of the rest of the meal.

Our final brush with the service came as we went to pay. Due to our unexpected dessert-eating and the costly wine I had enough cash to pay the bill but not to leave a tip that wouldn’t be insulting. Most places in Sweden allow you to withdraw cash via their card machine, so I asked to take out a small amount. They seemed very confused about this, even after my companion (who is local) explained to them what I was trying to do. It took quite a long time for them to cotton on and let me make a withdrawal. As a result they acted slightly awkwardly towards us when we left.

In short, this restaurant serves astounding, stunningly good food and must surely be the most exciting (relatively) new opening in town. We are talking serious food that is worthy of serious consideration, I couldn't see how our starter or main could possibly have been bettered. It’s just a shame that the standard of service doesn’t live up to the product that comes out of the kitchen, preventing Gotland from getting the full 10/10. We hope to return very soon, both to try the pricey tasting menu and to see if the service situation improves. The only problem is that the restaurant’s lost the element of surprise for us now!

Expect to pay a tad over 600SEK for 3 courses, excluding drink – not the cheapest but still good value given the quality.

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3  Thank lava_tory
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Reviewed November 8, 2012
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