From the White Guide Nordic 2018:
- Address: Odinslund 3, 753 10 Uppsala
- Phone: +46 18 580 20 00
- Web: villaanna.se
- Seats: 34
- Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11.30 AM-1 PM, Tue-Sat 5 PM-10 PM
- Directions: See Google Map underneath
Where there’s smoke there’s flowers
Along Uppsala’s oldest promenade, Odinslund, with the Helga Trefaldighets church and Carolina Rediviva as neighbours, is where you’ll find the gastro hotel Villa Anna in a graceful 1800s building. Linen tablecloths and white gloves aside, the small dining room feels like a welcoming living room in soft shades. Nordic nature is the kitchen’s melody, and the four-course menu opens with snacks served on sturdy pieces of wood. A lot is locally produced here, like the prosciutto from Nibble farm. And the potato chips are so thin that you can easily see the cathedral tower through them, sandwiched with caviar and smoked cream. Smoked, too, is the butter with the warm sourdough bread. For the next dish we get a glass of Sancerre Le Tournebride. “Elderflower!” we have time to exclaim before they present us with plates of seared scallops with variations on elderflower. In the company of fried kale this course becomes a highly successful elderflower party. After that, zander with an entourage of rose hips picked in Uppsala and a sauce with dulse seaweed. Alongside it, chips with tapioca and algae that provide much needed crispiness. It’s fun and fresh, and the algae adds just the right depth. Finally, the dessert: ice cream with hazelnut and popcorn, crumbs of popcorn and bacon, and meringue made from Jerusalem artichokes. It’s exciting, and devilishly good, but the saltiness and smokiness of the bacon could have been more prominent. Jerusalem artichokes fit perfectly in the deliciously good meringue. The dessert is paired with a fresh and sweet little pearl, rosehip ice wine from Blaxsta vineyard. With a light feeling in both our stomachs and our step we walk down the cobblestones from Villa Anna...
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