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Ethnic restaurants in Stockholm: a sampler

Ethnic restaurants in Stockholm: a sampler

Published: 15 Jul 2011 10:50 GMT+02:00
Updated: 15 Jul 2011 10:50 GMT+02:00

Every now and then herring and potatoes gets old. While often delicious, the simplicity of Swedish foods sometimes gets you craving a bit of spice.

Luckily, waves of immigrants and curious travelers have brought a variety of exotic tastes back to Stockholm.

If you are in the mood for a tasty treat, check some of these delightful ethnic restaurants.

Shanti is a bohemian gem located in the heart of Söder, and is one of Stockholm’s best Indian restaurants. Warm service, elaborate décor, and homemade ingredients make Shanti an excellent place for an Indian meal.

There are a wide variety of delicious choices, ranging from extra mild to hot and spicy. Plus, there is a large selection of vegetarian options, packed with fresh vegetables and authentic spices.

For a closer look, check out the Shanti website.

Several Stockholm locals have told me that Akki Sushi is the only place where they will eat sushi. This tiny take away restaurant, located just steps away from Medborgarplatsen, is a favorite.

Fresh fish, reasonable prices, and fast service are what make this restaurant stand out from the classic, overly trendy sushi spots around town. This restaurant is a must for sushi lovers.

For more information, visit: Akki Sushi.

Long time Stockholm establishment Bern’s recently opened a Singaporean inspired street food restaurant on their terrace. Dishes range from pike wrapped in banana leaves to BBQ baby back ribs covered in plum sauce.

Paper lanterns, refreshing cocktails, and world class DJs add to the posh atmosphere. The terrace will stay open for the summer, but once the weather cools down, Bern’s Asian is another delightful alternative.

For more information, check out the Bern's website.

Sa’hara Söder is solid Lebanese restaurant with super friendly service. The meze platters are huge but each plate that arrives at the table is unique, fresh, and tasty.

The desserts are especially delightful; the pistachio baklavas are the best I have tried. An extra plus, on Mondays and Tuesdays there are two for one deals.

For more information check out the Sa’hara Söder website.

Sabai-Soong is a kitschy, colourful Thai restaurant in the heart of Östermalm. Palm trees, twinkle lights, and authentic décor make stepping into this restaurant feel like arriving on a beach in Thailand.

The food is pretty straightforward, but good. It is the atmosphere that makes this place feel like a true vacation.

For more information, go to the Sabai-Soong website.

This is of course just a small selection of what Stockholm's multicultural restaurant scene has to offer, so feel free to list your own favourite eating establishments below.

Paul Rapacioli (paul.rapacioli@thelocal.com)

Your comments about this article

14:28 July 15, 2011 by slumdog
No disrespect to our friends from Bangladesh; but, Bangladeshi food is not Indian food, and Indian food is not Bangladeshi food. And unfortunately, the uneducated palate is unable to make the difference. It is not uncommon to walk into an Indian restaurant, and find that it isn't an Indian restaurant, but actually a Bangladeshi restaurant. And the food is not authentic Indian. This is the case for 95% of the "Indisk" restaurants in Stockholm. At the cost of sounding anal, there is a marked difference in the taste, recipes and spices when you are at a Bangla Indian restaurant. These pseudo Indian restaurants try to cook up Indian food, but fail terribly for their lack of understanding of spices, herbs and curries of how authentic Indian food should be. Shanti, referred in your article above suffers from the same fate.
21:53 July 15, 2011 by PSA
Well said Slumdog!

To all those who cannot differentiate between real Indian and Bangladeshi food heres a tip(Pun intended!): Whenever the menu reads "Polok Poneer" it is Bangla food. Cause no Indian or Pakistani says it with an "O" sound.

Indian food is very versatile. Pakistani and North Indian food does not have much difference. The dishes are same so are the cultures.

Bangladeshi and Indian Bengali(Calcutta region) food is almost the same.

So all the food comes under the common umbrella of Indian food.

I am shocked to see Shanti as best Indian food. Well, last time i tasted chicken in Shanti, it was sweet enough to go as desert.
15:37 July 16, 2011 by Alfred Nevada
I like curry chicken.
10:30 July 19, 2011 by comentatir
One comment on Akki Sushi,

The place is nice, cool and all that but it is a bit overrated! The prices are not reasonable (compared to other sushi places) and their service is not fast at all! Their sushi is good, yes, but definitely not the best in town! Their plates are wrapped and styled very colorful and fancy as the tattoos of the people working there, that's it!
20:37 July 26, 2011 by xexon
You know, I don't see any Mexican food represented much in Sweden.

Big oversight I think. It's got a huge following here in the states. I probably have it as much as I do Italian. It's simple food and cheap to fix.

Something about those molten rivers of cheese really flip my trigger. And salsa. I LOVE salsa. Never mind the chips, just bring me a straw.

The vikings traveled far and wide. I think they were searching for somebody that could cook. :)

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