The Flying Elk is a gastropub in the old town of Gamla Stan in Stockholm, owned and operated as part of Michelin starred chef Bjorn Franzen’s restaurant empire, and I was very excited to visit with my family last summer. I can’t quite believe a whole 6 months have passed since I was in Stockholm, a sure sign I’m getting undeniably older I guess, but I had so many great meals there it seems a shame not to write them up!
The menu seems to change on a weekly basis (it was slightly different on the two nights that we ate there) and the use of seasonal, local ingredients was clear to see, something
Of the snacks that we tried, the Rhubarb and Foie Gras Macaroons (60 SEK/$6) were probably the most popular amongst my family, although I think my dad could have happily polished off another 1/2 dozen or so! The Vendace Roe From Kalix, a fried cauliflower and spelt “langos” with pork belly & sour cream, brown butter and roe from the vendace fish (190 SEK/$21) was without a doubt one of the best things that I ate in Sweden, I am a total roe convert after that holiday thats for sure!
From the main courses, I actually chose the vegetarian option both times we ate there; Casserole of Creamy Egg From “Sandra Honseri” with king oyster, pickled white onion, green asparagus, fresh beans and cabbage soup (230 SEK/$26 or 295 SEK/$33 with truffle) to the Vegetarian Truffle Burger (205 SEK/$23) both of which were delicious. Of the other main courses we tried, the Fish & Chips TFE (255 SEK/$29) of fried cod, double cooked chips, curry remoulade and pickled vegetables was perfectly cooked, and an incredibly generous portion (as you might hope for almost $30!) as were the Beef Shortribs, Glazed With Sundried Tomato Juice, Smoked Chilli & Green Onion (345 SEK/$39) with “creme” of roasted corn & garlic, confit tomatoes from Viken & salad of young spinach, watercress & arugula, with special mention for the Confit Chicken Breast, Glazed with Lemon & Garlic with fresh beans, gremolata and chanterelles (290 SEK/$33) as well.
In light of the portion sizes, it is unsurprising that we only had one dessert between us over the course of both meals, a wonderful light and fresh “Eton Mess” (105 SEK/$12) with Swiss meringue with white chocolate, strawberries with lemon verbena and vanilla, ginger & buttermilk mousse.
As horrifyingly expensive as the prices look, they were probably mid-range for the mid-high end of Stockholm eating out that we did on this trip (Thanks for looking after us so well Dad!) and the quality of the ingredients was evident, as was the excellent service and relaxed, comfortable environment of the Flying Elk.
Mälartorget 15, 111 27 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone: +46 8 20 85 83
Monday – Tuesday 17:00 – 00:00
Wednesday – Friday 17:00 – 01:00
Saturday 12:00 – 01:00
Sunday 12:00 – 00:00