Chef Mathias Dahlgren's has (nearly) cornered the market on Michelin stars in Stockholm. Of the 11 the city's restuarants were awarded in 2014, 3 belong to Dahlgren: two for Matsalen, his signature dining room, and one for the more casual "food bar" Matbaren. These two, plus Matbordet (where food events are held) are housed on the ground floor of the Grand Hôtel, in elegantly clean and simple spaces, with cream and charcoal accents and stylish contemporary furnishings. Like many super-exclusive eateries, Matsalen has a chef's table where you can see the food being prepared. Unlike many of his competitors, though, Dahlgren graciously leaves a few seats open at the bar every night to encourage chance encounters. Matsalen diners are treated to a five-course tasting menu, the elegant and purposefully light ingredients announced on an I-Pad that's brought to the table. But culinary daredevils prefer the Monday–Tuesday Radical Cooking session, where chefs challenge themselves to serve you something there's no way you ever tasted before. In addition to his Michelin accolades, Dahlgren was the first Swedish chef to win the gold medal at the "Oscars" of the culinary world: the Bocuse d'Or (in 1997).
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8
Our Rating Neighborhood City/Norrmalm Hours Tues–Sat 7pm–midnight Transportation Metro: Kungsträdgården Phone 08/679 35 84 Prices Tasting menu SEK 1,900 Cuisine Type Modern Scandinavian Web site Matsalen