We were invited to the launch party of the Michelin Guide Nordic Cities 2015 by our good friend André Blomberg-Nygård. This is the first year Nordic cities get their own guide, as previosuly all the Nordic capitols in addition to Gothenburg have just been included in the Main Cities of Europe Guide. Expectations were... somewhat high, but a lot of food writers also had low expectations as the Michelin Guide has not prioritized the Nordics much so far.
The event took place at Fotografiska in Stockholm the 26th of February. The first hour was dedicated to mingling, bubbles and appetizers. Not many Norwegian chefs were present, but Espen from Maaemowas there and so was Bent from Statholdergaarden. In addition our friend Arve represented Noma, and he is Norwegian at least! If you aren't already following him on Instagram you should.
It was suspected that at least one restaurant would have to get a third star, as a guide without a three-star restaurant seemed kind of odd. There were also bets that restaurants at some odd locations like Fäviken Magasinet in Sweden and Henne Kirkeby Kro in Denmark would be featured. In Norway we hoped that cities like Bergen, Stavanger, Kristiansand and Trondheim would be added, with Måltid in Kristiansand as maybe the most anticipated star candidate.
However, the Michelin guide does not appear to care much about expectations. Maybe that is why they never awarded Noma, which is generally considered the best restaurant in the world, a third star before. Neither did they this year. In fact, no restaurants got a third star. The only new cities to be added was Malmö in Sweden, and Aarhus in Denmark. The restaurant we just visited a few weeks back, Restaurant Fredrikshøj, did actually get it's much awaited star, though! Oslo, sadly, lost a star since Bagatelle closed, and their sister restaurant even lost the Bib Gourmand title. Helsinki had no changes in their status either. One could wonder if the Michelin inspectors even visited.
Even Michael Ellis, the Michelin Guide international director, seemed embarrassed about their inadequate overview of what happens in the restaurant scene in Oslo and Helsinki. We suspect that the Michelin Guide simply does not have the means to cover the Nordic properly. Which is a pity, and to be honest they should never have launched a guide for the Nordic when it barely differs from the entries in the Main Cities of Europe anyway. We think the White Guide, which actually covers the entire Nordic in their latest edition, is a much better guide at the moment.
The full list of Stars and Bib Gourmands in the Nordic Cities Guide 2015.
Two stars: Maaemo
One star: Statholdergaarden, Ylajali & Fauna
Bib Gourmand: Restaurant Eik and Oro Bar & Grill
Two stars: Frantzén, Mathias Dahlgren-Matsalen & Oaxen Krog (NEW)
One star: Ekstedt, Esperanto, Gastrologik, Mathias Dahlgren-Matbaren, Operakällaren & Volt (NEW)
Bib Gourmand: Brasserie Bobonne, Den Gyldene Freden, EAT, Oaxen Slip, Proviant, Rolfs Kök, Ulla Winbladh & Lilla Ego (NEW)
One star: Thörnströms Kök, 28+, Sjömagasinet, Bhoga, Koka (NEW) and SK Mat & Människor (NEW)
Bib Gourmand: Familjen
One star: Ambiance à Vindåkra (NEW), Bloom in the Park (NEW) & Vollmers (NEW)
Bib Gourmand: Bastard (NEW) & Sture (NEW)
Two stars: Noma, Geranium & a|o|c (NEW)
One star: Clou, Den Røde Cottage, Era Ora, formel B, Grønbech and Churchill, Kadeau, Kiin Kiin, Kokkeriet, Marchal, Relæ, Søllerød Kro & Studio at the Standard
Bib Gourmand: L’Altro, Bror, Enomania, Famo, Frederiks Have, Kødbyens Fiskebar, Marv & Ben, Mêlée, Pluto & Rebel
One star: Frederikshøj (NEW), Gastromé (NEW) & Substans (NEW)
Bib Gourmand: Hærværk (NEW) & Pondus (NEW)
One star: Ask, Chef & Sommelier, Demo, Luomo & Olo
Bib Gourmand: Boulevard Social, Emo, Farang, Gaijin & Pure Bistro
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