NOTE: This story built on that Ian Doyle was the head chef at Stockholm Wine Bar, unfortunately he is not there anymore.
What an impact a new chef can have at a restaurant. Ian Doyle has transformed the menu at Stockholm Wine Bar and made it one of the true gems in Stockholm if you are looking for a better meal and a better selection of wines.
So the story is quite clear and simple, a chef with a background at Michelin starred restaurants such as Noma and Esperanto finds a restaurant with a great location, a great wine selection but a dull and boring traditional menu, where the quality simply wasn’t there in the cooking either. Inevitably that combination bounds for a change. And there is the simple story of Stockholm Wine Bar and Ian Doyle.
a chef with a background at Michelin starred restaurants such as Noma and Esperanto
The restaurant is located next to the Royal Opera in the heart of the city, but it is easy to miss the quite anonymous entrance to the restaurant (apart from in the summertime when the patio is open). But the venue in itself is really nice, an old bank building, and it shows in the partly wooden décor, the high ceiling height and it is encapsulated in a traditional setting with white linen on the tables.
The menu is quite short, and the produce is very much in focus. It is a pretty straightforward menu but influences from the fine dining world are quite clear. This actually is the main selling point for Stockholm Wine Bar, you get some seriously good wines paired with great food that has a touch of fine dining, but everything is just really relaxed, casual and nice. It is a place where you enjoy your meal and you also want to come back again.
seriously good wines paired with great food that has a touch of fine dining
The menu is divided into snacks, starters, mains and desserts. To give you a hint of what you might find, items like white asparagus with cured egg or sirloin with Jerusalem artichoke, turnip and oxalis frequent the menu. But overall the best part is that you can go for one course and a glass of wine or go for a full tasting set. All is possible. And that’s what I really love about Stockholm Wine Bar, and I hope that Ian Doyle will continue to develop the menu and the concept, then this place will be one of the most talked about places in town.