Last weekend I got invited to go along with a bunch of Norwegians, Swedes and even Americans to test the new hot scandinavian restaurant in San Francisco, PLÄJ. I heard some rumors about the place, but I didn’t really know what to expect, other than something scandinavian.
The restaurant itself describes PLÄJ like this:
“Introducing PLÄJ, a new innovative concept from Swedish born Owner/Chef Roberth Sundell where California fare and Scandinavian flavors become one. PLÄJ is a celebration of local and seasonal ingredients inspired by the rustic flavors and simple elegance of Scandinavian cusine. PLÄJ embodies the soul of Scandinavia,the place to share the experience of new flavors, great wine, Scandinavian beer, and cocktails.”
The restaurant is not to big, but just the right size with a cozy ambiance. We got one of the bigger tables all the way in the back center, given that we were around 10 people. The menu offered numerous delicious temptations included fun facts about the different countries in Scandinavia. I eventually took an executive decision and went for the swedish meatballs, which were amazing! I have eaten my share of meatballs in my life, and I have got to say, these ones were way up there.
The restaurant really embraced the Scandinavian theme with a tall blond waitress (stereotype much?), and our check was delivered in a Swedish/English pocket dictionary, which added a cool touch. I can imagine that all the “Swedish/Norwegian/Danish” Americans who live in San Francisco are going to go crazy about this place. One thing is for sure, I will be back!:)
After a delicious meal, some nice Wine, great conversations we were all pretty content!:)
You can check out the menu here: PLÄJ Dinner menu
Enjoy!:) I know I did!