Orkide – Stockholm (Sodermalm)

Reviewed on June 20th, 2011 by Dina

Orkide is a great Thai restaurant in lively Sodermalm! As you enter, they have the bar area and then the dining area is on either side.

The restaurant is spacious with purple decor. The seating is comfortable with sofa style seats along the back wall. The other chairs are purple and are cushioned. There is also covered outdoor seating.

The Pad Thai Pak was presented beautifully with a small orchid flower as a final touch to the plate! It was a huge portion but I liked it as they had not skimped on the vegetables or the noodles. There was a good range of chunky vegetables which included courgettes, mushrooms, carrots, baby corn, beansprouts, bamboo shoots and spring onions.

There were little bowls on the plate. These were filled with crushed peanuts and dried chillies. This was one of the best Pad Thai’s that I have ever had!

The Gaeng Ped Pak was another big portion and it was served with rice. We thought that this red curry would be quite spicy and we were quite pleased that it wasn’t. Just like the Pad Thai, this dish had lots of chunky vegetables and a great flavour too.

The food at Orkide was brought out fairly fast and the service was good. Even though we were one of the last diners in the restaurant, we were not hurried in any way to finish our meal and to leave the restaurant.

Orkide delivers outstanding, flavoursome, tasty, filling food! One thing to note is that Orkide does not serve bottled mineral water!

Orkide, Medborgarplatsen 3, Sodermalm, 11872, Stockholm

Rating: ★★★★★

Bakfickan – Stockholm (Norrmalm)

Reviewed on March 25th, 2011 by Dina

Bakfickan is located inside Stockholm’s Royal Opera House. Before entering the restaurant, I’m not totally sure what I was expecting, maybe something quite big and formal.

On entering Bakfickan, I was welcomed by the lively informal hustle bustle atmosphere. What struck me first was that the restaurant was really busy, although this should have been expected as it was lunchtime.

The main seating area was like sitting at a bar and it had a nice feel to it. Even though I was seated among strangers, everyone was friendly and it actually made it a nicer dining experience to dine like this. There were also some window seats which had nice views of the colourful church!

Once I had taken a seat at the counter, the waitress presented me with a big tray of bread. There were different varieties of bread and also crackerbread. It was good that I could take as many slices of the bread as I wished. I had some of the walnut and seed bread. The bread was really soft and fresh.

The asparagus risotto took my fancy and it was a big portion. As well as having plenty of asparagus, the risotto was made more interesting with cooked cherry tomatoes! The risotto was presented well with big spears of chargrilled asparagus. The asparagus was cooked perfectly and the tomatoes were sweet and juicy!

Bakfickan has the bar area in the middle with a good display of wines, fresh strawberries and trays of chocolates! It’s good that the kitchen is also visible from the counter seats. There is a cool wooden tray with napkins and condiments, that can be slid from one end of the table to the other, so that all the customers have access to it!

The staff were really friendly and welcoming. As for the decor in Backfickan, the walls were appropriately decorated with framed photos and posters of opera stars. The furniture was a mixture of brown tables, blue seats and blue and white tiles.

After the lunchtime rush, Backfickan took on a quieter relaxed atmosphere. To finish my lunch, the green tea was just right. It was served in an iron teapot.

Backfickan is a really enjoyable place to go for lunch. I can understand why this place is so popular! Bakfickan maintains its informality by not taking reservations!

Bakfickan, Operakalleran, The Royal Opera House, Karl XII’s Torg, Norrmalm, 11186 Stockholm

Rating: ★★★★★

Caffe Nero – Stockholm (Vasastaden)

Reviewed on January 6th, 2011 by Dina

First thing that I have to say is that this Caffe Nero is not the same as the chain of Caffe Nero’s that we have in the UK! It has the same name but that’s where all the similarities stop!

On display were the colourful range of pastries and sweet things, all of which looked very tempting! If sweet food is not up your street, then there are ready prepared sandwiches in the counter fridge. These could be toasted and they had various fillings which looked fresh!

We were looking at what we thought were cakes/eclairs in one of the glass cabinets. But when it came to ordering, the staff told us that these cakes were actually frozen desserts. So that narrowed down our choices, but we still had a lot that we could choose from!

Tea was a perfect way to start the day! Caffe Nero had red, green and black tea, so I had the caffeine free red tea! It was served by the cup with fresh tea leaves. I was glad that I was given a large cup!

Caffe Nero had a range of mini pastries, biscuits and the like! Instead of going for one pastry, I had a couple of items! One was a cylindrical biscuit covered in chopped nuts and a creamy hazelnut filling. The biscuit was not too crisp and not too soft either; just very yummy!

My second delight was a mini apricot tart. I wasn’t a big fan of this item as the layer of jam was too thick. Even though it was small, a couple of bites was enough for me.

At first when we walked into Caffe Nero, it looked like it only had the few seats at the front. But then, as we walked further by the counter, we saw that the seating area extended round to the back, so that the counter actually became the centre of the cafe! Each area had different coloured seats!

Caffe Nero had a relaxed atmosphere and the staff were nice! They gave service with a smile. One thing was that there was no visible menu for the drinks. It would also have been better if all the food had been covered or had been behind the counter, as some of it was and some of it wasn’t.

Caffe Nero, Roslagsgatan 4, Vasastaden, 11325 Stockholm

Rating: ★★★½☆