Been lacking energy, as it’s been a few early mornings lately. So, when we went to Stockholm for Easter we decided to leave the kids with my parents and get out one night. Our first date night in, I don’t know, a bit over the year anyway. I must say, that at first I almost felt out of place amongst only grownups, all dressed up. But after a little while it was all good!
We ate dinner at Ekstedt, “food experience of the year” according to the White Guide. It was really something else, all food is prepared over an open fire and damn tasty! One dish was better than the previous one (we had the set menu with accompanying drinks).
The decor is Scandinavian with lots of light wood and leather with an industrial touch of copper details. There are a few seats by an “island” where you can see the chef put the finishing touches to the food, and you can look into the kitchen and the flames through a window. Very cool! We were lucky to have our desert with this view. Furthermore, the service is impeccable. So, if you want an experience, I certainly would recommend Ekstedt. Can’t say it’s cheap, but it was worth it (even the man with the wallet felt so, phew!)
After our lovely dinner, we walked over to our hotel, Scandic Grand Central, which I found to be quite good value considering the nice decor, location and the lovely (organic) breakfast buffet. The standard rooms are not that large but you could fit a crib in if you are traveling with a smaller child, however, you can get an upgrade from 100 kr and up. For a short stay though, I found the room large enough (but not if you have more than one child). I loved the style of this hotel, but that’s a matter of taste.
I wish I could say that we left feeling all rested, but a late night with drinks, specially when you are not used to drinking anymore does leave it’s mark. However, it was great to be out just the two of us and spoil ourselves. That alone was invigorating and totally worth it.