Nicklas Ekstedt. Photo: Per-Anders Jorgensen
Niklas Ekstedt Restaurant Ekstedt, Stockholm
Restaurant Ekstedt in Stockholm is part of the Nordic new wave. Restaurateur Niklas Ekstedt, who is renowned for cooking with fire, opened it in 2011, and has already been awarded one Michelin star. See ekstedt.nu
WHERE'S THE BEST TABLE IN STOCKHOLM?
My favourite is Volt. It's small, very cool and probably has the best natural wine list in town. It's run by three excellent young cooks but hasn't been given the media coverage of other places. It's located in Stockholm's poshest neighbourhood, an area which is not well known for fine dining. See restaurangvolt.se
FOOD DISCOVERY OF THE PAST YEAR?
Sweden is witnessing a boom in small dairies. To find an excellent selection of cheeses follow the local people to Hotorgshallen, a 130-year-old market of cafes, restaurants, delis and other provedores. See hotorgshallen.se
WHAT IS STOCKHOLM'S BEST-KEPT FOOD SECRET?
Stockholm has developed a great bread culture and has amazing bakeries. Rosendal Garden Bakery is my favourite. See rosendalstradgard.se
PLACE TO HEAD ON A DAY OFF?
To the island of Sandhamn. May to August is the best time to go. For a traditional Swedish meal, check out Sandhamns Vardshus, a restaurant, guesthouse and pub which has been around for more than a century. See sandhamns-vardshus.se
WHAT'S HOT IN THE CITY?
Oaxen is the talk of the town. Originally on an island in the archipelago, this year owner Magnus Ek - one of the fathers of new Nordic cuisine - moved into the city, opening down on the water and keeping the name of the island where he was serving six- and 10- course menus of mostly organic, local produce, such as dill-poached spider crab with cabbage cooked in yoghurt. See oaxen.com/en
WHAT SHOULD A VISITOR AVOID IN STOCKHOLM?
Asian food. It's not nearly as good as you'll find in Australia.