I have rarely been disappointed eating at a market. Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid, La Boqueria Merkat in Barcelona and the Granville Island Public Market in Vancouver are just a few of the places I have enjoyed having a meal over a counter. And now I have Östermalms Saluhall in Stockholm to add to that list, with Lisa Elmqvist being the vendor of choice. Currently in its fourth generation of the family, Lisa Elmqvist is comprised of a number of stalls, offering a range of Swedish delights, that enclose to form a restaurant. But what it is known for, and what the restaurant mainly serves, is seafood, being noted as having an “inherited sense of the delicacies of the sea”.
We started off with the delicacies of the the European seas settling on large briny French oysters and small sweet oysters native to this country. The rest of our meal was full of seafood from Scandinavia, accented by potatoes, sweet bread, dill, chives and red onions. Their salmon was smoked, the trout was cured and the herring was pickled, bringing out the very refined salty, sweet and sour flavours so prevalent in Sweden. But I was also surprised by the salmon evoking a pleasant woodiness as I bit through the massive slices and the infamous pickled herring, laced in onions, eliciting a sweetness I have never experienced. Overall, it was a fine Swedish meal with the freshness of each of the delicacies of the seas bursting through every bite.
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Thanks for reading and happy eating,
Carla and Sonny