For me, travelling and trying the local food goes hand in hand. I’ve always wanted to visit Sweden and lucky for me, my oldest university friend spends her summers there with her family and invited me over to spend some time doing our favourite thing, eating!
First stop on arrival from Stansted Airport to Gothenburg was a restaurant just under an hour away called Salt & Sill. ‘Sill,’ means herring, which the West Coast of Sweden is famous for. So of course, my starter was their ‘famous’ herring board of six varieties of herring with classic marinades ranging from whiskey to dill. Other delicious starters to choose from included Bleak roe from Vänern with homemade sour cream and lacto-fermented vegetables, Steak tartare with egg crème, bleak roe from Vänern, pickled red onion and watercress, pickled herring on rye bread with scrambled eggs flavored with truffle and pickled red onion and cottage cheese.
For my main course I chose salad with salted mackerel, baked eggs, pepper emulsion and roasted walnuts. But there was plenty of choice from line caught hake to fried marinated salmon with dill or their signature shrimp sandwich. 200g prawns served on homemade bread with lettuce, horseradish, eggs and mayonnaise.
The restaurant and hotel has been going since 1999. The hotel consists of six two-storey buildings on floating pontoons and it’s located with stunning sea views over Bohuslän’s outer archipelago. It’s a typical Swedish outfit, with stylish light interior and plenty of room to stay too, with the hotel being situated floating on the sea. Above the rooms are outside decking for sunbathing should the weather permit.
The restaurant is obviously a popular choice, as even on a Monday lunchtime it was packed out with very stylish people looking very cool. Some rocking up on their yachts and motorboats and others there with family celebrating a special occasion – it’s the place to be seen!
It was a great introduction to Sweden and worth a look if you are visiting!