Akasaka: Swedish
Stockholm (Akasaka: Swedish)
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-11pm (LO 9:30-10). Closed Sundays.

If you've never experienced the pleasures of a real Swedish smorgasbord, this is the place to indulge your curiosity. Stockholm has been going strong since the late 1960s, spending the first 30 years or so in the Sweden Center in Roppongi, but now conveniently located just above Akasaka-Mitsuke station.

The smorgasbord here is awe-inspiring, so come with a good appetite - after all these are the folks who invented the buffet. The traditional smorgasbord experience consists of five rounds (according to Stockholm's explanation) - 1) pickled herring; 2) other cold fish items; 3) cold meats; 4) hot dishes; and 5) dessert (if you still have room). Stockholm offers plenty of appetizing selections in each category - four different herrings, several smoked fish items, lots of cold meats, cheeses and vegetables.

It's worth saving some room for the hot dishes, such as the excellent garlicky meatballs served with a not-too-sweet fruit jam. Other highlights were the endive and smoked trout canape, the sliced beets, and a creamy, almost cheesy baked apple pudding. Drinks include domestic and Scandinavian beers and a selection of 8 aquavits (Y650 each) - all quite different, as our do-it-yourself tasting confirmed. Prices for the buffet are Y6090 for weekday dinners, Y4179 for weekend dinners and Y3150 for lunch.

Chiyoda-ku, Nagatacho 2-14-3, Akasaka Tokyu Plaza 1F.
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