The first time opening the menu at Restaurang Agnes a slight confusion might be what you are experiencing. The menu seems to have everything; small tapas dishes, charcuteries, cheese are mixed with large dishes to share, traditional main courses and of course desserts to top it off. Equally confusing is to try to distinguish what cuisine actually is served at Restaurang Agnes, wild boar salami is next to Gamba roja and chicken liver mousse on the menu topped off with some maki rolls. So it is easy to not get it completely during your first visit, and confusion about where you actually ended up might strike you. But do not despair, just follow the flow and let the friendly staff guide you through what for sure will become an enjoyable evening at one of the nicest bistros in Stockholm.
Let the friendly staff guide you through what for sure will become an enjoyable evening at one of the nicest bistros in Stockholm
The confusion on the menu stems from the kitchen which to a high degree simply is driven by what the owners and chefs like from around the world, with a focus on flavors and dishes from Southern Europe. One could also argue that since many restaurants have adopted the “mid-size dish concept” why not take it to the full extent and offer all kind of different sizes? Kind of interesting anyway, because when you have learned to navigate the menu, it opens up so many different combinations for you to choose from. And in a way, no-concept is the hottest concept for restaurants in 2017, and even though Restaurang Agnes opened already in 2016 it is bang. It is a bistro with clear ambitions to elevate the traditional local bistro experience, and with a trio of founders with such a vast experience from the Stockholm restaurant scene, Emelie Svensson (Tranan) Michael Björkman (Vassa Eggen, Lux) and Theodor Siesage (La Vecchia Signora), it ensures that they will live up to their ambitions.
When you have learned to navigate the menu, it opens up so many different combinations for you to choose from
The food is quite simple and a bit rustic, but really tasty and good. It has been improving all the way from the start; and during the last year they have stepped up and found a consistency in-between the wide variety of choices on the menu and the execution in each dish. And equally important, how to balance the tempo and flow of dishes ending up on the table, no matter which combination of dishes you order, which makes a dinner or lunch here a very enjoyable experience. And enjoyment and relaxation are two key words for a meal here, it is a casual and friendly atmosphere – Restaurang Agnes is a place to enjoy a dinner with friends at, sit and talk for quite some time, share food and have a good time. One clear sign of this are the Saturday lunches that are built around a long family style lunch that doesn’t end until day turns into evening.
The best spot is undoubtedly at the “chefs table”
When walking into the restaurant, it is hard to find any resemblance to El Diablo which was the previous tenant. The entire restaurant has been renovated into what has become a very classic modern bistro in Stockholm, holding about 50 seats. There is a long, aluminum bar which is perfect for a couple overlooking the bar and the wine coolers, and then wooden tables all along the window in this very rectangular restaurant. But the best spot is undoubtedly at the “chefs table” that holds between 8-10 people. There you have a kitchen counter straight into the kitchen, and can have a nice chat with the chefs serving your food throughout the night.
Having a sommelier, Emelie Svensson, as one of the owners ensures a well-stocked wine cellar. And even though the cellar in this case is a couple of massive wine coolers, it doesn’t change the fact that you can get some really nice and interesting wines here. And also on the plus side, a large selection served by glass. The service in general is attentive and friendly, but still professional enough to raise it above the traditional benchmark for a local bistro. And that goes for most of the restaurant aspect, Restaurang Agnes is a couple of notches up from what typically is described as a local bistro.
It is really nothing that is stopping you other than what you are able to fit into your belly
There is one especially clever part about this entire concept for a bistro with this wide variety of dishes on the menu; not only does the chefs get to cook the food they like but one of the most important things for a local bistro is to attract people to come back often, and with this set-up of the menu there is no way you could get bored with the selections. One day you can do a tapas style dinner and go for the small dishes, the next time a classic main and a dessert and the third night a dish to share. Or all at once, it is really nothing that is stopping you other than what you are able to fit into your belly. But whatever you do, do not miss their own-made charcuteries like the sobrasada sausage. And each night, check out what specialties they have on the very traditional black board on one of the walls, and if you have a hard time reading it; don’t worry – the service staff will probably bring it to your table anyway. All in all, this is all you would like from a local bistro. And Restaurang Agnes is sort of taking the position of being the local bistro for the entire Stockholm, but an especial congrats to those of you living close by on Kungsholmen. You have a great spot that is really hard to get tired of.