Named after one of Sweden's top chefs, the Mathias Dahlgren restaurant is located inside the 19th-century Grand Hôtel, which overlooks Riddarfjärden bay. The restaurant is divided into two distinct venues: the Michelin one-starred Matbaren and the two-starred Matsalen. The Matbaren is more casual, with natural wood accents and an open kitchen, while the Matsalen is decidedly upscale, with velvet furniture, parquet flooring, and a chandelier designed by Carlo Scarpa. Menu options range from the Matbaren's home-style dishes, such as smoked reindeer with whitefish roe, to the Matsalen's more refined entrées like pork cheeks with sausage, artichokes, and black trumpet mushrooms.
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
Locals were astonished when star chef Mathias Dahlgren closed his hugely acclaimed Bon Lloc. Now he has resurfaced at this eponymous new venture in the Grand Hôtel and it is, predictably, a smash. The restaurant has two parts: the posh Matsalen (dining room) and the casual Matbaren (food bar), each with a daily changing menu of modern, ingredient-driven Scandinavian dishes and a Europe-focused wine list.
We loved: Sheep's-milk yogurt with hazelnuts, peach sorbet, honey and olive oil.
Insider tip: The bar in the Matbaren area often has seats when the rest of the restaurant is booked.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.