A New Reason to Go to a Museum? The Food,
Spiritmuseum, Stockholm

Petter Nilsson at his restaurant inside the Spiritmuseum, Stockholm.
Photograph: Per-Anders Jörgensen

When the Spiritmuseum (dedicated to drinks, not ghosts) opened on the island of Djurgården, Sweden, its light-filled, stone-and-beam restaurant served as a homecoming for Petter Nilsson. The chef returned from 15 years cooking in Paris, most notably at La Gazzetta, the acclaimed neo-bistro he co-owned. “A friend of our family is the head of the city theater in Stockholm, and the museum moved into where that theater used to be,” Nilsson told Eater in 2014. “It was a good coincidence.” After admiring the Absolut art collection or an aquavit tasting, museum-goers can settle into ingredient-centric, season-specific Nordic dishes. In spring, try the grilled mackerel greened with wild garlic; go for venison with sunchoke, vinegar, and dill in winter. There is also a full tasting menu, plus a bar that serves such snacks as paté with pickles and herring toast all day.

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Petter Nilsson
Nilsson was based in France for more than 15 years, where he made a considerable impact with La Gazetta, his “neo-bistro” in eastern Paris. His style is uncomplicated with an emphasis on the produce with a minimum of cream and sauces. He has been back in Stockholm for less than a year, based in the newly refurbished SpritMuseum, which is devoted to all things alcoholic. His airy, open restaurant is also on the waterfront, but is not aiming to make waves at the higher end. In fact, Nilsson has gone on record saying he disapproves of restaurants which charge large amounts for the privilege of eating there. Instead, his dishes include barley papadum-like wafers lightly smeared with pike-fermented cream and baby asparagus. Or a shocking pink dish of beets and endives. On a recent visit, he served slices of 37-month aged beef with little containers of onions with a beautifully seasoned stock inside. Meal for two Rs.6,400 for dinner, beverages not included Reservations

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Spritmuseum, Stockholm
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