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“Japanese flavours that could be taken further” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of vRA

vRA
Ranked #30 of 1,227 Restaurants in Gothenburg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $45 - $113
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Sweden
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73 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Japanese flavours that could be taken further”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

I have been to several restaurants in Japan (normal, and with one and two Michelin stars) so I was quite excited to try this Swedish take on Japanese food.
We had the Kaiseki set with the drink set, but I requested to only get beer and sake, since Japanese beer and sake is quite difficult to get in Sweden.
There were a few really great dishes, like the spring miso soup, the spinach-onsen egg, and some of the sushi pieces. However, it feels like they could go further, incorporate more Swedish vegetables and perhaps reduce the amount of flavours (the sashimi dish included 6 or 7 different fish) to a more Japanese approach. The onsen egg and spinach dish was amazing with hana-katsuo but considering the amount of dishes, perhaps a little too large portion.
The sakes were great, and so were the beers from Hitachino. However, just like the food, too much. I didn't finish it all but ended up very drunk....
Even though I've brought up some negative aspects, all in all, vRå is a great way of getting a taste of Japan if you want to remember your last trip or try it for the first time. But it's not like in Japan.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Rugby
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298 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Interesting concept - trendy, different”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

I took key customers here as they had requested it.
It is certainly very different from the "normal" business dining experience.
Service was friendly, attentive and every detail of the set menus was explained with extreme care.
The concept was fun and funky, slightly unusual.
Sure if you want your regular dining experience this is out of your comfort zone.
But give it a go - you will probably like it, and you might learn something too.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank GorillaFoot
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Sweden
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Wonderful fusion of Scandinavian flavors and sushi”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

I had the Umi menu for SEK 390 and had a wonderful experience. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. However, you should not be too hungry before dinner since the amount of food is rather small.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Eliina
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Andreas A, Public Relations Manager at vRA, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Hi Eliina,
Thank you so much for your TripAdvisor review and your feedback. It's so lovely to read that you enjoyed your visit at vRÅ. We collect all feedback that we get so that we can improve our restaurant even more.

Warm welcome back!

Kind regards,
Andreas
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92 reviews
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“Very good show but also very little”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

When we left the restaurant Vrå after a three and a half hour dinner we joked about that we needed a magnifying glass to really see everything that was served.
Lucky enough it was a six course dinner so we could keep away from buying something extra on the way home.
But the show and the service was excellent and that is what I at least remembered best.
Let’s take it from the beginning. We were a group of about fifteen people having the six course dinner at Vrå.
Their style is Japanese but using Swedish ingredients especially a lot of fish and shellfish.
We had for example a course with one! prawn first pealed of, cut in slices, put back into the shell and then finally gratinated.
It tasted lovely and looked very well. The final piece was Swedish beef which we all longed for.
When it came it was four slices of about 20 grams in total, excellent but so tiny.
The best thing was the beverages and the waiter describing all the history around it.
Three different Sakes, Japanese beer from a small exclusive brewery.
Tea served in a glass pot and when served the waiter turned a time glass to be sure that it was correct brewed.
To summarize, very interesting, a real show, we learnt much about Japanese drinks but had wanted some more to eat.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Two_swedes
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