Umeå Foodies Photo Diary

Restaurants and bars in Sweden are definitely on the pricey side, therefore I’ve been out to eat the past two months only a handful of times, all while Ben was in Umeå. In general, its more economical to eat lunch over dinner at a restaurant because weekday lunches are subsidized by the government, making them significantly more affordable. We’ve only had a couple of misses in our Sweden restaurant adventures – I highly do NOT recommend the Chinese lunch buffets in Umeå – but have also had some pretty fabulous meals, both for lunch and dinner.

The only true pizza restaurant we’ve tried* is Pizzaria Taormina, which has a brick oven and was reasonably priced for dinner. *Note: One of the two Chinese buffets we went to also randomly had pizza. We did not sample this suspicious section of the buffet.

Pizzaria Taormina

Pizzaria Taormina

1. & 2. Pizzaria Taormina

Pizzaria Taormina

Pizzaria Taormina

3. Pizza! / 4. Complementary house salad

Pizzaria Taormina

Pizzaria Taormina

5. Me / 6. Ben

This past week Ben and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary (whoop whoop!!) and splurged on a fabulous dinner at Teatercafet, or ‘TC.’ On the weekends TC is a rather hopping bar and dance club (we’ve been once), so we were a bit surprised to find out they have excellent traditional Swedish food. The food was fantastic, and I think its safe to say we both would recommend the restaurant (not so sure about the dance club though…). Unfortunately I didn’t take too many pictures other than those below, but here is a description of our meal:

Starter (Ben): Norrländska tapas – Sausages from Abranet limousine, chanterelle soup, fried Skärvångens Noble and smoked salmon with dill in flatbread
Starter (Karey): TCs meat plank on bird – Terrine of confit duck leg, smoked duck breast and a kycklinlevermousse. Served with Javier break bread, cornichons, caramelized onion and fig and port wine jam

Main (Ben): Grilled Swedish veal fillet – Served with fried potatoes, roasted autumn vegetables, horseradish cream and cream sauce of porcini
Main (Karey): Farmed Halibut from Norway – Risotto locally picked mushrooms and North Twinkle. Served with a bunch of carrots, roast pork and a vindelrökt kycklingsky

Dessert (Ben): Cloudberry and vanilla – Cloudberry and vanilla sorbet with lingonberry and cloudberry broken dreams. Served with caramel crème filled macros
Dessert (Karey): Arctic raspberry and liquorice – Arctic raspberry ice cream and curd with a sötlakritspannacotta and a salty licorice jelly. Served with a pistagekaka

Teatercafet

Teatercafet

7. Ben / 8. Me

Teatercafet

Teatercafet

9. TCs meat plank on bird / 10. Arctic raspberry and liquorice

During Ben’s last day in Umeå, my guest lecturer for the day was sick, so Ben and I took advantage of the free day and had a foodie day around town before his evening flight. Our first stop was the restaurant Viktoria for lunch, recommended to us by two of my classmates. The food and atmosphere was excellent, and we were able to take advantage of their express lunch special – Castle steak with cream sauce, jelly and pickled cucumber – YUM.

Viktoria

Viktoria

11. Viktoria / 12. Me

Viktoria

Viktoria

13. Steak / 14. Complementary side salad

Viktoria

Viktoria

15. Ben / 16. Viktoria interior

Our next stop on Ben’s last day was Costas, a cozy Greek cafe we heard about from a Greek/American friend at UID. Here we had fika – coffee and some delicious treats.

Costas

Costas

17. Costas / 18. Making my cappuccino

Costas

Costas

19. Costas interior / 20. Ben

Costas

Costas

21. Cappuccino / 22. One of our deserts

Following fika at Costas on Ben’s last day, we then headed to The Bishops’s Arms, a pub in central Umeå with an excellent draft and bottled beer selection. Though the crowd tends to be on the older side, all in all I quite enjoy the atmosphere.

The Bishop's Arms

The Bishop's Arms

23. The Bishop’s Arms interior / 24. London Pride ale

The Bishop's Arms

The Bishop's Arms

25. Ben / 26. Beer

We’ve also been to a good Indian restaurant for dinner called Ghandi, but I forgot to bring my camera. Note: When their menu says ‘spicy,’ they mean spicy.

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One Comment

  1. Nancy Darnell Helms
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 18:48:54

    Fascinating Darling!

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