A Swedish Taste of Japan: Omakase Köttslöjd

On the 1st of June my love and I celebrate our anniversary and we always go out somewhere nice for our anniversary dinner. We like to try new things and at the moment we are very fond of Japanese and Japanese inspired food. So this year, to celebrate our ninth year together, we ended up at a place we had been looking at for quite some time: Omakase Köttslöjd. “Omakase” is usually translated as “I’ll leave it up to you” and basically means that you let the chef decide what you should eat, there is no menu to choose from. And that is the premise here. The chefs working here decide what to put on the set menu and that can change from day to day depending on what’s available. At Omakase Köttslöjd they work exclusively with Swedish ingredients and they work very closely with their purveyors.

The restaurant doesn’t advertise itself that much. You enter through a hotel lobby and past a wine bar (The Burgundy that is owned by the same people who own Omakase Köttslöjd) and at the far back is a door that leads to the restaurant itself. It only has room for 15 people but the main number of seats are placed along the bar so you can see the chefs at work and talk to them. This is something I love and every time we manage to get seated at the Chef’s Table I’m very happy. On this occasion we were the first to arrive so we got to choose our seats ourselves, of course we took our place at the bar.

Seeing the chefs work is always so much fun and here we really got close to the action, which also meant that it was very easy to talk to the chefs and ask a lot of questions about the dishes.

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The team at work, two chefs and one sommelier

I sometimes prefer smaller venues like this, just because I like to see what’s going on. And when everyone is friendly and service minded it makes the evening all the more enjoyable. It is actually a bit contagious because at a certain point of the evening you just can’t help but get in a conversation with neighboring guests. I don’t mind though, every chance I get to discuss food and restaurants is a good one.

Omakase Köttslöjd is a fairly unique experience, although there are more Japanese style restaurants for all budgets popping up here and there. What I really love here is their attention to detail. It can be something as small as spraying gin on a plate before plating up a piece of perfectly cooked fish with pickled rhubarb, leek roots and a buttery shellfish sauce.

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Pike-perch, pickled rhubarb, leek roots & buttery shellfish sauce

You can tell that they put in a lot of work, thought and effort when they create their dishes. Everything that is one the plate is there for a reason. Of course, I would have loved more cloud berries in the dessert, but I am on the other hand a complete cloud berry maniac since I have my roots in the north of Sweden where the best ones grow.

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Yogurt ice cream, almond creme, cloud berries & meringue shards flavoured with charcuterie salt

This is definitely a restaurant to my taste and I am very happy that we managed to eat here before they close the whole thing down, which will be now during Midsummer. But if I have managed to make you curious about this place then fret not, because the owners and the chefs are launching the next omakase phase at the end of the summer. This new restaurant will have the same address as Omakase Köttslöjd and will go under the name of Flickan (“The Girl”). The concept will still be omakase but this time they will bring the entire world into the kitchen.

Personally, I can’t wait to try it!

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