Lifestyle: A Swedish Supper @ The Stockholm Restaurant & Deli, Mortlake

A day in London with W isn’t the same without discovering some new little place to eat (and a trip to Wahaca of course!). A few weeks ago we were wandering around Mortlake and stumbled across this hidden gem. Stockholm Restaurant & Deli was the perfect way to spend a leisurely lunch. Quiet and relaxed, small and intimate, it served the most delicious food.

 photo IMG_0811_zpsmfbncz9z.jpgIncluded was a free salad bar. Far fresher than the horrors offered by the Harvester, this was just three choices alongside some rye bread, butter and crackers. A sweetcorn salsa, a cabbage slaw-type mix, and some form of tomato mix. No soggy leaves, no gloopy dressing, it was all zingy, fresh and filled a hole as our mains were cooked from scratch. The rye bread in particular was stunning, I could’ve eaten a plate of it.

 photo IMG_0805_zpslktjgpv1.jpg photo IMG_0806_zpscjmlx1ez.jpgW went with the classic Swedish Meatballs for his lunch (see my recipe). Served with mash and jam, it was utter perfection. There’s something so lovely about Swedish Meatballs, I adore them. These were juicy, with the sauce being rich and impossibly full-flavoured. The mash was the best I’ve tasted (sorry mum!)

 photo IMG_0804_zpsh4qs54pe.jpgI went more unusual, and ordered the Prinskorv – a type of Swedish sausage which came with a potato salad and beetroot. Utter heaven, and writing this is making me crave it. I’ve never had a sausage like it. Crisp on the outside (I watched them set fire to it in the kitchens – deliberate or not it was a good move!), with a coarse texture within, it was salty, tasting slightly spicy and cured. The potato salad was warm and rich, with a herby kick. The picked beetroot was ten times better than the jarred stuff – and I love that so this was right up my street.

 photo IMG_0810_zpso7ojry8i.jpgAlmost too full for pudding, we split a Cinnamon Bun instead. Sticky, sugary, spicy – I’d travel out to Mortlake just to pick up one of these.

It’s a bit out of the way, but I wouldn’t hesitate to visit Stockholm again. Their specials menu was ridiculous good value for money at £7.50 for a main course (my meal was off this menu), but even the full menu was pretty cheap for the quality. A different cuisine, different flavours, well worth the visit.

Have your tried Swedish food before?