Time to meet up my friend in Linköping, something like between Gothenburg and Stockholm, and we have booked room at Scandic Hotel. Scandic is the or one of the biggest hotel chains in Sweden and for a couple of years ago, they started to renovate the hotels and some are became really good and this one have done a great job and also they desided to focus a lof on their restaurant and I can only say that they have done it…if I compare with with other Scandics.
Their restaurang is called Verandan vid Ån, with big windowns from ground to roof and a lots of them so lots of lights comes into the restaurant and everything looks fresh inside with the new carpet, tables and chairs and all. I was honest impressed when I entered the restaurang.
We started with a glass of Champagne from Alexandre Bonnet Grande Reserve Brut, so we could get into relax mode after long day of work and drive. We desided to go with tasting menu 3×3 courses. All 3 starters, all 3 main and all 3 desserts but in smaller portions, so we really could try them all, to all that we hade the wine pairing as well.
Starters was Local beef with yuzu créme, coriander, sesame and almond crisp bread and wine was Valminor Albariño. Next was King scallop with water cress, green pea purée and dark rye bread and wine was Felino Chardonnay. Last starter was Blackened salmon with beetroot salad, blueberries and salmon roe and wine was Kuentz-Bas Pinot Blanc from Alsace.
Main was meat x 3; Deer with baked apple and chanterelles, next was Lamb with pistachio, crepinette and caramelized nactarine and last main was Celeriac with baked overnight créme, chips and artichoke. To this we also got Roasted beetroot and shallot, with some sauce. The wine got recommended was Paxton Now Shiraz natural organic wine, that wine was my kind of wine. Then from Haut Juliane in Bordeaux and last wine was Heartland Directors Cut Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, which was much more my kind of wine.
Time for dessert and here they served us Vanilla Ice Cream and something I always like; Créme Brûlée and last dessert was Chocolate Mousse with sponge. For desseetwine we took a glass of Chateau Baulac Dodijos Sauternes 2016. After all this, we desided to finish of the night with a cheese platter and to drink they was very kind to us, they second cup of the wines we like most during the dinner.