Jürgen Grossmann is a bit of an eminence gris on the Stockholm restaurant scene. Or perhaps not so grey, he actually has quite a reputation. Today he runs GQ. We first encountered his cooking talents at Gässlingen, small restaurant on Söder in Stockholm. That was many years ago. Now he runs a much more sophisticated place, GQ, in a much more sophisticated part of town, on Östermalm.
The restaurant has two sections: a wine bar and the restaurant. The “restaurant” has high ambitions. It is focused on set menus of three or five courses although you do have some flexibility to choose. The cuisine is very focused on Scandinavian raw material – but with a very sophisticated twist.
To call the other part of the restaurant “wine bar” is perhaps an exaggeration; it’s more like a bistro. The menu is different with a small selection of starters, main courses and desserts. Some examples: seafood “Wallenberg” burger (excellent!), traditional Swedish cold poached salmon, entrecôte with chanterelles mushrooms… Prices in the restaurant are moderate to slightly up-market: 5 course menu 795 kr or three for 645. Bistro main courses between 195 kr and 395 kr.
The wine selection is extensive, more than 600 wines on the list they say. Around a dozen wines are served by the glass starting at 80 kr going up to 180 kr. Very friendly service and delicious bread! A very good, slightly upmarket Stockholm restaurant.
Restaurang GQ, Kommendörsgatan 23, 114 48 Stockholm, ph 08-545 674 30, www.gqrestaurang.se