Krokstrom Klubb is a Scandinavian restaurant that is right up my family's alley. They are direct descendants from Norway. The grandmother has bibles and recipes written in Norwegian. Family favorites are lefse and swedish meatballs. Lutefisk must be an acquired taste, because only granmda likes it.
Krokstrom does a fabulous job recreating the look, feel and taste of Scandinavian countries. The restaurant is comprised of three different areas: market, bar and seating. The market is a tiny raised area up front that sells Scandinavian goods, towels and other country based items. The bar is fairly simple with iron chairs and tile counter top. The restaurant is heavy wood flooring and tables with lots of country based decorations. It's beautiful. We all took time to look through the little market and cruise memory lane.
Service here is mixed. They are highly knowledgeable. You can tell they are used to describing the food for non-Scandinavians. They also do a fabulous job guiding you to choices based on your input and likes. They were attentive throughout the meal. What bothered me was the pushing. I felt as if we were on a timer. The server had a script to follow and we were going to the next phase ready or not.
The food for me was mostly sweet based. Granted lingonberries are the unofficial fruit of Sweden, it's over used for my tastes. I would put Krokstrom's menu into two categories (seafood or sweet). Every menu items seemed to have one of those two as the base. That said, I still enjoyed exploring the menu.
Smorrebrod is an open-faced single slice of bread with toppings. The Swedish Meatball Smorrebrod was flavorful. The lingonberries on top and in the mayonnaise spread made it too sweet. The pork belly dish sounds odd, but was almost one of the best dishes on the table. Again, I would have liked it without the marmalade. The Charcuterie plates were fabulous. I cannot remember the meats on the cured meat board or the cheeses on Ost board. The servers explained each one and their taste perfectly. Both boards came with traditional Knackebrod (crispbread). Their lefse & cardamon butter was dusted with powder sugar. The swedish egg coffee was really nice. The egg gives a silk mouth feel. It's made with a french press, so no egg bits make it into the coffee. The pear cake and prinsesstarta were really nice desserts.
I highly recommend the place. Come experience the Scandinavian culture and food. They know what they are doing. Be aware that this place is not cheap. The plates are tapas. To truly try all they have to offer, you will rack up a hefty bill $7 and 9 per plate.
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