The food here is incredible, and I think a great value for how amazing it is. Drinks are particularly expensive, but that was the case everywhere in Stockholm. Service was pleasant, but a bit green. Some tables are a tad close together. The booze selection is small, but shows a lot thoughtfulness. I would live here if I lived in Stockholm.
AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
The Matbaren is the more casual side of the Mathias Dahlgren restaurant on the first level of the Grand Hotel. Matbaren is a 1-star rated Michelin restaurant (while the more formal restaurant is 2-stars) and keeps a number of their tables open for walk-ins. Beer selection is small but choice, and is designed with food pairings in mind, and in my opinion they did a stellar job selecting a small assortment of well-made Swedish beer. Matbaren is also the only place known to carry the #1 Enbar from St Eriks, a juniper berry and Cascade hop pale ale. The other favorite of their selection is the stunningly delicious Sigtuna East River Lager. I added all other beers on their menu to this place listing. I realize this isnít a choice beer destination for the ratebeer crowd, and dinner and a couple of drinks will run you about $150 US for two, but it deserves inclusion given their work with St Erikís on the Dahlgren beer. The food was the best I had in all of Sweden, beating out the similarly-ranked but far more expensive F12.