From the White Guide Nordic 2018:
vRÅ - Swedish Ingredients, Japanese Flavors
- Address: Clarion Hotel Post, Drottningtorget 10, 411 03 Gothenburg
- Phone: +46 31 61 90 60
- Web: restaurangvra.se
- Seats: 44
- Opening Hours: Tue-Sat 5.30 PM-10 PM
- Directions: See Google Map underneath
In a calm, draped-off section of the grand Clarion Hotel Post, we are served a dainty, cubed starter – baked celeriac with onion emulsion, kale, and roasted sesame seeds in black and white. This beautiful confection illustrates VRÅ's concept – flavourful, deliberate, and seasonal with Swedish-Asian notes. We decide against wine this evening and choose a frothy IPA instead, a white ale from a Japanese microbrewery and green Bancha tea. The latter has been harvested in the fall and stored for three years before it reached our cups. It’s fun to read the tea menu, which explains when each tea is harvested, which parts of the plant are used, the storage time and expected taste. Our tea has notes of popcorn. The miso soup with apple, Jerusalem artichokes and mussels is fortifying. Then we are treated to ssäm, consisting of grilled char that you roll yourself into lettuce leaves and top with rice, pear chutney, pickled onions and beets, along with soy and sesame mayonnaise. It’s worth pointing out how incredibly well the Japanese daidai IPA relates to the dish; it has the distinct scent of oranges (daidai means “orange” in Japanese), which highlights the fruity condiments. We enjoy the main course – a potpourri of lightly charred (almost raw) zander, 63-degree egg, sour soy sauce, pickled red onions, salmon roe and algae threads. The desserts are smartly expedited. “What are you craving? Sweet and salty, or sour and fresh?” We dare to try the one that sounds a bit strange, a fresh cheese ice cream flavoured with soy caramel and crisp buckwheat, and our palates rejoice...
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