There are moments when that indescribable Swedish air around things becomes less allusive, when you can almost pinpoint the qualities that makes these things so deliciously…well…Swedish. Maybe you know exactly what I’m talking about? It’s a mix best clumsily described as gloomy and sublime, what you feel during an Ingmar Bergman film, or listening to ABBA’s The Winner Takes It All. You could also call it a mix of sweet, sour, bitter, and just a little bit salty, which, coincidentally, is exactly how Gothenburg restaurant fond introduces their autumn menu.
The seasonally-driven fond gets it — food always tastes better when it reflects all the conditions of the present: the time of year, the weather, and where you are. As they say, “These wonderfully dark and gloomy months – this is when it is comforting to sit in a warm restaurant looking out at the passing storms.” How true, and this is exactly the time and place you want the food on that table in that restaurant to blend the flavors of seafood caught in the now-freezing waters outside, forest game, and root vegetables with a warm blanket of remembrance of the season past, dried berries, mushrooms, fruit and nuts, syrups, preserves and flavourful pickles. This is what you find on the table at fond. Swedish traditional flavors made new. Sublime perfection.
While you’re in Gothenburg, don’t forget to check out Hotel Flora, as chosen by the team at White Line Hotels. No gloomy. All sublime.
Contributing Writer: Melissa Frost
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