StephanieL Posted July 3, 2005 Share Posted July 3, 2005 Had an absolutely wonderful traditional Swedish smörgåsbord at the Grand Hotel this evening. If you're in Stockholm and decide to go to a smörgåsbord, I highly recommend this one as it's probably the fanciest & in the nicest surroundings. It's held in the hotel's Verandah room overlooking the water. There are six stations, which must be done in order: 1. Soup. They had pea and potato, but I didn't want to fill up on soup. 2. Herring. There was probably a dozen kinds, everything from pickled to smoked to prepared in a lime cream sauce. The herring is eaten with rye crisps, sour cream, onion, and roe, and washed down with aquavit plus a beer chaser. I've certainly never seen such variety of herring ever, not even in my wildest Russ & Daughters dreams. 3. Cold fish and salads. There was salmon prepared 4 ways--hot smoked, cold smoked, gravlax, and pickled with fennel--plus crayfish salad, hard boiled eggs with shrimp, vegetable salads, and potatoes. I would have been a happy camper if I just had had courses 2 & 3. 4. Cold meats. Didn't have a lot of this because I was starting to fill up, but they had reindeer, smoked ham, cured ham, veal rollups, pork loin, country pate, and smoked leg of lamb. Each meat was served with an accompanying sauce or salad (Cumberland sauce, Waldorf salad, etc.) 5. Hot dishes. I was really starting to slow down here, so all I had were some meatballs with lingonberries, catfish in I think a mustard sauce, and steamed vegetables. There was at least 5 other selections for that "course". 6. Dessert. Didn't touch the cheeses, but I did see Brie and Vaserbrotten (which I should have had with the herring). I did have the fresh fruit with whipped cream and passion fruit mousse. They also had rhubarb pie, chocolate cake, raspberry panna cotta, and apple cake. All this, plus the aquavit, beer, cup of tea, and tip, came to 74 dollars. The basic cost is 365 SEK, or around 46 dollars at the current exchange rate. All things considered, a great bargain. 7 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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