When you receive the menu at Gastrologik you might get a bit surprised by the blank paper. The only choice you have is a three or six course menu. This is just a reflection of the Chef Patrons Jacob Holmström’s and Anton Bjuhr’s philosophy for their restaurant.
The menu only changes when the produce changes. Since they rely a lot on small suppliers, what is interesting and available today might not be available tomorrow. This can make choosing wine a bit difficult; if you do not know what you are going to eat it is hard to choose a wine. There is also no matching wine menu. Fortunately the sommeliers Felix Bergman and Erik Forsell will give some good recommendations. The wine list is focused on a few selected traditional regions, but with a depth in choice for these regions. There are also some wonderful Swedish apple musts to enjoy.
Even if the menu is a secret it will be based on the Nordic cuisine. Most of the ingredients are Nordic, so expect ingredients such as Norwegian scallops and turbot or Swedish beets, reindeer, veal and apple must. The plating and presentation is clean and elegant with a focus on ingredients.
The restrained elegance is also reflected in the interior designed by architect Johan Lindvall. The walls are all white, the tables functional, the copper lamps minimalistic and the room is bordered by a clean open kitchen with a fresh green glass background.
The two Chefs Jacob Holmström and Anton Bjuhr have divided the responsibility. Jacob, with a background from places such as Astrance and Mathias Dahlgren, is responsible for starters and main courses. Anton, with a background from Pierre Gagnaire and Joël Robuchon, is the Pastry Chef. Before starting the restaurant, Jacob and Anton had only worked together once, and that was over ten years ago at Linnea in Göteborg, Sweden. But they shared an apartment a couple of years while working in Oslo at Bagatelle and Le Canard. This probably laid the base for their already successful collaboration with Gastrologik.
Gastrologik is well situated in the central and chic Östermalm district of Stockholm. The restaurant is discreet and even a bit secret from the outside with its white draped windows. But if you enter, you will discover the Nordic cuisine in an elegant and subdued style.
Written by Joakim