Sweden and 5 Fancy Nordic Dinners

The best places to experience New Nordic cuisine in Malmö.

Perhaps you are looking to celebrate something special or ring in the New Year with the best meal in town? Well, have I got the places for you! Here are five fabulously fancy feasts to have in Malmö. All have set menus of at least three courses and all are fantastic.

If you’ve heard of New Nordic cuisine (read about the 10 aims of the The New Nordic Food manifesto here) and are looking to try it yourself, then these places offer the best. The staff at all five restaurants are super knowledgable about the wine pairings and which farms produce the food. You can’t go wrong with any choice here — you just have to decide where to start!

Lyran

Lyran offers a surprise menu – all they list are the key ingredients you’ll come across during your meal! It is a fun way to keep the dining experience a little magical. It is a cozy spot in Möllan and most of the dining space is located in the basement, accessed by a spiral staircase.

It is a five course meal costing 600 SEK (~ $70 UDS) per person and an additional 550 SEK (~ $60 UDS) for the wine pairing.

Kockeriet

Perhaps you have heard of the famous Swedish chef Tareq Taylor or seen his show Tareq Taylor’s Nordic Cookery? Well, Kockeriet is one of his restaurants! It is an open and airy restaurant with an exposed kitchen. Their food is fantastic and no detail is spared – including making their own butter.

They offer a five course meal costing 800 SEK (~ $90 UDS) per person and an additional 650 SEK (~ $75 UDS) for the wine pairing. On Fridays and Saturdays, however, they only offer a seven course meal costing 950 SEK (~ $110 UDS) per person and an additional 840 SEK (~ $95 UDS) for the wine pairing.

It is one of our favorites, and we keep going back!

Västergatan

This is probably my favorite of the restaurants listed here because it is delicious and feels fancy, but is still homey at the same time. The dining area is light and open, and the kitchen is party exposed. I’ve eaten here three times in the last two years and it has always been a great experience.

It is a five course meal costing 550 SEK (~ $60 UDS) per person and an additional 500 SEK (~ $55 UDS) for the wine pairing.

Bloom in the Park

This was one of the most unique dining experiences I have ever had. They have a “no menu” concept at Bloom, which means you get the best of the day according to seasonality, availability, and the chef’s mood. But their “no menu” concept also means that they don’t tell you what you are eating! You have to guess your meal and after paying the bill, they give you a QR code which you can scan to see what you ate! It was a really fun concept!

And as you can see in the pictures above, the restaurant has a really beautiful and interesting interior design, and overlooks the lake at Pildamms Park.

They offer between two and eight courses, though it is minimum five Fridays and Saturdays. The five course meal costs 795 SEK (~ $90 UDS) per person and an additional 695 SEK (~ $80 UDS) for the wine pairing.

Embassy

Incredibly delicious and very simple! Nick and I recently went to Embassy to enjoy a little Christmas celebration together as we prepare to head off to the US for the holiday season (first time home in three years!). We really enjoyed our dinner here.

They have three different menus, between five and eleven courses. The five course meal costs 450 SEK (~ $50 UDS) per person and an additional 460 SEK (~ $50 UDS) for the full wine pairing. They also offer a half glass wine pairing for 290 SEK (~ $35 USD), which is perfect if you aren’t a big drinker but want to join in! The five course menu is only available Tuesday – Thursday, however. We had this and thought it was perfect if you want a lighter fancy meal. I say “lighter” since the first three courses are amuse-bouches. We also added on some dessert and dessert wine, which did not disappoint. The half glass wine pairing and perfect (and pretty generous at times!).

The nine course menu costs 795 SEK (~ $90 UDS) per person and an additional 725 SEK (~ $80 UDS) for the full wine pairing or 475 SEK (~ $55 UDS) for the half. I would say that overall this was the most formal in feel of all of the restaurants mentioned here.

Like I said, you can’t go wrong with any of them! So, where will you head to first? Let’s me know in comments below!

Fun Facts:

  • Lyran is where Nick and I celebrated our four year anniversary!
  • Tareq Taylor used to own Slottsträdgården’s Cafe before selling it in 2017.
  • I attended an event with IKEA on health and wellness where Tareq Taylor was a guest speaker.
  • Västergatan is where Nick and I celebrated our two year Swediversary.
  • We also received some homemade honey from Bloom in the Park, made by the bees that live on their roof!

Tess’ Tips:

  • At Kockeriet, be sure to ask for the drink cart after dessert and try Tareq’s own whiskey.
  • If you are not a big wine drinker, try the juice pairing at Västergatan – they make everything in house!
  • Bloom in the Park also does a Sunday afternoon tea, which looks delicious.

Hope you learned some new Swedishness today and I’ll see you in the next post!

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One thought on “Sweden and 5 Fancy Nordic Dinners

  1. You may have to follow up with this (multiple times), as we try more and more places 😉

    Malmö is steadily becoming a foodie hub – so close to Copenhagen.

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