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Gothenburg restaurant claims Michelin star

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 17 Mar 2011, 13:19

Published: 17 Mar 2011 13:19 GMT+01:00

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The classy eatery is run by Håkan Thörnström and can be found in the Johanneberg district of the city near Götaplatsen.

Henrik Johansson was recruited as Thörnströms Kök's new chef in the autumn of 2010 and six months later the appointment would appear to have paid off for the Swedish restaurant with a flair for local produce.

The Michelin star thus helps the city to retain its stable of five starred restaurants, with Thörnstroms Kök replacing Sjömagasinet which has been closed for renovation and will reopen in a new incarnation on April 1st.

Meanwhile the capital Stockholm held on to its duo of two star restaurants - with Mathias Dahlgren's Matsalen at the Grand Hotel and Frantzén/Lindeberg, both retaining their two star status.

Stockholm thus remains the only Nordic capital with two star restaurants. No restaurant in the country has yet attained the magical three star rating, an accolade marking out a restaurant as a travel destination in its own right.

Two stars denotes a restaurant worthy of a diversion, while one star signals a restaurant considered exceptional in its category. A further nine Swedish restaurants were awarded the Bib Gourmand, which indicates well prepared food at a reasonable price.

Swedish restaurants awarded stars in the Guide Michelin Main Cities of Europe 2010:


- Frantzén/Lindeberg (2 stars)

- Mathias Dahlgren Matsalen (2 stars)

- Mathias Dahlgren Matbaren

- Esperanto

- Fredsgatan 12

- Lux Stockholm


- Kock & Vin

- Thörnströms Kök

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Every year Guide Michelin's inspectors travel Europe enjoying the food and comfort of the continent's finest eateries.

This year's guide features a total of 1,557 hotels and 1,771 restaurants, with 15 of which holding three stars, 58 two stars and 284 settling for one.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

20:35 March 17, 2011 by kenny8076
I cant imagine what it costs to eat at a place like that in Sweden. Here in Karlstad restaurants on the verge of closing easily charge 175SEK per person for mediocre food. I have been here two years and gone out twice. The first time was not too bad but not worth the 280SEK i paid for 2 people. The second time was the last straw for me. 175SEK for a "Ferrari Pizza" and 180SEK for my girlfriends simple, easy bland pasta bowl........ and no free refills!! It blows my mind how stingy Swedes are with their soda..... besides popcorn easily one of the cheapest items in a restaurant. They give you a huge plate of food with 10oz glass of luke warm soda with no ice.......... If there is 1 thing i miss from the US its the food for sure. A simple Ruby Tuesdays could blow away a top of the line restaurant here in Karlstad
01:18 March 18, 2011 by jackx123
in Kuala Lumpur you get an excellent noodle dish with prawns, squid etc for about 25 (twentfive ) SEK inclusive free water. a carlsberg would be around 40 SEK AND you don't freeze your butt off LOL
07:53 March 18, 2011 by John Wayne
Sweden has no resturants worth eating at,It,s all overpriced crap.
09:34 March 18, 2011 by eppie
Sweden has some very good restaurants. But indeed they are on the expensive site if you compare them to similar places in other countries.

Swedens level is however still below that in London, Paris and Denmark. Als in the US there are many cheap places (if you like loads of cheap cattle industry produced meat you can indeed go to places like Ruby Tuesday or the likes) but the gourmet restaurants are also not cheap (which might simply be a supply and demand question of course).

But as Kenny already says, food in restaurants in general is more expensive here. So of course michelin starred places will be expensive as well. Probably the most expensive part of the meal though will be the wine. Mark-ups are comparable to the most expensive of Paris 3 star places.

But saying the food is crap is just bs. The places that have stars objectively deserve them.
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