Akasaka: Swedish
Stockholm (Akasaka: Swedish)
Open 5-11pm (LO 10pm; Sun -9pm). Closed Tuesdays.
Sun: Open Sundays
no smoking: No smoking

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 1971, spending the first 30 years or so in the Sweden Center in Roppongi and 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. Although it's mostly traditional Scandinavian fare, there are a few modern Swedish dishes like cous cous salad.

Drinks include Swedish craft beers and a decent wine list (starting at around Y4500 per bottle). Eight different aquavits are served from bottles encased in ice blocks, and they're all quite different in flavor, as our do-it-yourself tasting confirmed.

Prices for the buffet are Y4800 for dinner and Y3240 for weekend lunch (tax and service included), plus a one-drink minimum order at dinnertime. Weekend lunch service is 11:30am-3pm.

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