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Michelin-starred Swedish restaurant to close

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 5 Nov 2009, 13:53

Published: 05 Nov 2009 13:53 GMT+01:00

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The restaurant, located in Sollentuna in northern Stockholm, is to close its doors for good on February 27th 2010 after 27 years of successful operation.

Edsbacka Krog was operated until 2008 by Christer Lingström and was the first Swedish restaurant to receive two stars in the prestigious Guide Michelin.

The restaurant was taken over by its staff in November 2008 and managed to retain its two Michelin stars in the 2009 edition of the guidebook.

Edsbacka lost its exclusive status in the guide however as it was joined by Mathias Dahlgren's Matsalen in Stockholm's Grand Hotel.

The first restaurant was opened on the site by the picturesque Edsviken in Sollentuna by royal charter in 1626.

A decision in 1853 to revoke the popular inn's licence to serve spirits ultimately sounded the death knell for the watering hole located near the main Stockholm to Uppsala road, and its doors closed in 1872.

After 111 years Christer Lingström re-opened a restaurant on the site in 1983 and under his tutelage it rose to claim its place as Sweden's premier eatery.

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Lingström explained the decision to close in a statement on the restaurant's homepage saying that the time had come for fresh challenges.

Edsbacka Bistro, located directly opposite will remain open, with a further branch in Strängnäs, north-east of Stockholm.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:39 November 5, 2009 by Plowbridge
A shame that a quality restaurant has to close. It is indicative not of the recession but more to do with the bland palates here in Sweden.
16:09 November 5, 2009 by EtoileBrilliant
I'm not so sure. My impression of Swedish restaurants. Great value at lunch time. Unbelievably poor value in the evening. No decent ethnic cuisine. Wine prices crucify any chance of an enjoyable experience.

The palate point is well taken. Avoid any of the Swedish resorts in the Canaries if you want half decent food (German ones are invariable the best).
18:03 November 5, 2009 by GefleFrequentFlyer
I agree.

Maybe I've just been eating at the wrong places, but the food in most places is unimaginative and bland. It can't match even the most average swedish home cooked meal. My mouth is watering for bacon wrapped moose filets as we speak....

It's hard to swallow spending $140/1200SEK for two at a low rung chain, I can't imagine what it would be like at a Michelin rated joint.
02:55 November 6, 2009 by 007
how ironic (and evident of an unawareness of what edsbacka is) the above comments are trying to criticize the swedish palate.

edsbacka's specialty...svensk husmanskost...yep, that bland food y'all yammin about.
10:50 November 6, 2009 by Plowbridge
007, There is nothing ironic about the comments when you consider that the achievement of two Michelin stars is attained by providing food at a standard well above those of basic home cooking here in Sweden regardless of the dish.

Edsbacka source high quality produce and mix with equally high crafted culinary skills which enables them to produce intense flavours not found in the unfused palates of the populous who have never been given the choice to sample high quality food in their daily lives.

The reason why palates here are so bland is mainly down to the production of intensive mass produced fodder sold in 99.99% of all supermarkets and then served up onto the plates of the nation over many generations. Quite simply the poor quality food produced does not encourage either understanding or demand for better quality fare.

It is always funny however to see an American use the word ironic out of context.
10:34 November 7, 2009 by Kaethar
Swedish food is not bland to the average Swede, only to foreigners who've ruined their tastebuds by eating too much heavily spiced food. ;) It's true though - the food you have been raised on does affect your tastebuds and your ability to taste different foods. Whilst many foreigners may think Swedish food is very salty, for example, this is nothing Swedes notice since they're used to the taste. Without this salt the food to them tastes bland. :)
15:49 November 7, 2009 by hilt_m
EtoileBrilliant "No decent ethnic cuisine." what are you talking about, have you never walked around Stockholm and eaten in its restaurants?
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