An Insider's Guide to Eating in Sweden
We met Fredrika Ornbrant, Consul General of Sweden, over lunch at her Mumbai home recently. Her spacious home might be in Bandra, but it is a perfect example of Scandinavian design style. Her home has a beautiful all-white theme, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows that let in ample sunlight, reflecting off her Swedish cutlery.
She had invited us home for lunch, and on the agenda was a discussion on the food and culture of her Northern European homeland. So while we talked, we dined on some local delicacies such as the white roe fish, which, as pretty as it looked, also took us to the fresh waters of Sweden with each bite. Ornbrant's efforts to acquaint us with the rich and versatile culture of Sweden worked, as we marveled over pictures of dense forests, ripe for picking berries, juxtaposed with sunlit pearly mountains.
In conversation with Ornbrant, we discovered what the best time to visit Sweden is, and once there, the restaurants that are a must-visit. Ornbrant told us, “If you like the snow, then the best time to visit Sweden is probably in January, until March (although it will be really dark in January). However, since most people prefer the summer, as it is bright outside, then I would recommend June until August. May can also be a great time to see Sweden as it wakes up from the snow. But it's a month where it can snow in the beginning and towards the end bloom with flowers.”
And where should you dine while staying there? Fredrika Ornbrant gives us her best restaurant list:
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