For some reason, despite having lived on the same road as it for nearly two years, we'd never tried the Stockholm Restaurant & Deli before. So on a dreary Saturday afternoon – that just so happened to be Valentine's Day – myself, my husband and our toddler decided to give it a go. We arrived rather late for lunch (after 3pm), so it was nicely quiet after an apparently very busy lunchtime session. We had our pick of tables, so chose one alongside the shelves of Swedish produce available to buy.
As the name suggests, Stockholm Restaurant is inspired by Swedish traditions and the menu is typically Scandinavian. Lunch offerings include a herring platter priced at £9.50, which consists of three kinds of herrings with mixed onions, soured cream and Västerbotten cheese. Also on offer are homemade Swedish meatballs or reindeer burger, both costing £12.50. Not feeling adventurous enough to try reindeer meat, I opted for salmon fishcakes with remoulade, which were one of the day's specials, and my husband chose grilled vegetables with halloumi. Both were really tasty and we were able to help ourselves to a platter of bread and salads to accompany our meals. To finish off, my husband devoured a slice of green-iced Princess Cake (there are a range of tasty treats to chose from), which he described as light, fluffy and very more-ish.
According to the website, the Swedish-born head chef owned restaurants in Stockholm for many years prior to coming to London, so he certainly knows a thing or two about the capital's cuisine. His extensive experience is definitely apparent in the dishes we tried and apparently many of the ingredients used are brought in straight from Sweden. We were only there for lunch, but the dinner menu has many more Swedish delicacies on, which we will definitely have to go back and try next time we have a babysitter. The décor inside Stockholm is very warm and friendly, and of course has many Swedish influences. At the front there is a wall panel of silver birch logs, and the remaining walls are adorned with old family pictures. It is a deli as well as a restaurant, so there are lots of food items to buy and takeaway, as well as candles and other bits.
Apparently there aren't any other Swedish restaurants like this one in London, so we are lucky to have such a one-of-a-kind place right on our doorstep. If you are in the area and fancy something that's a bit different, then it's definitely worth giving Stockholm a try. The restaurant is located on Sheen Lane, right in the heart of East Sheen, which is served by many bus routes and a mainline railway station (Mortlake) all a few minutes walk away. For further information about the restaurant check out their Twitter and Facebook pages.
Hello Sue, wonderful article, I couldn't have resisted the reindeer burger but I'm sure my wife would have kept reminding me how cute reindeers are and want to know how I could eat one. I'd love to go to the restaurant but I'm stuck here in Australia! Thanks for a great read. Regards, Tony