Jomtien’s Swedish Kitchen
Swedish chef Pelle Petterson is the hands-on proprietor of this most convivial Jomtien restaurant and bar. His international chefery is evident from the eclectic a la carte menu to the daily and weekly set menus. He is the Scandinavian light in this kitchen ensuring that all dishes receive his Swedish touch but he also finds time to happily appear restaurant-side to chat with his guests and make informed recommendations.
The striking frontage is eye-catching with a contemporary lit bar lighting the restaurant’s façade on the ground floor plus a further two levels of zone serving offering al fresco or an air-conditioned dining room.
Chef Pelle’s homeland sparkles through the menu with a nod to this healthy, interesting cuisine and a wink to international fare that makes regulars and newcomers seek out these tables.
Toast Skagen is an absolute classic dish and has come to symbolize elegance in Swedish food. Fresh, sweet prawns are mixed with dill mayonnaise and seasoning and either served on toast (B.195) or used as a filling, in this case in a pepper marinated salmon roll. We opted for a dish called SOS which stands for “smor, ost och sill” which basically describes the herring and other ingredients. We are huge fans of herring and the two varieties were just sensational. Accompanied by Skagen mix, egg, sour cream, chopped onion and boiled potatoes, it is a winner of a dish. Other classic appetisers include pink pepper marinated salmon roll, shrimp cocktail (B.325), fresh oysters and cold Norwegian salmon with Parmesan cheese and capers.
Burgers are a popular choice, especially the house Akvavit burger which comes with coleslaw, dressing, aioli, tomatoes, onions, cucumber, bacon, cheese, jalapeno chilies and French fries. The planked steaks and fish are another popular option. We noted many a laden wooden board heading across the restaurant but we were here to try the new dishes so I opted for the Norwegian Halibut while Mick chose the Schnitzel Scandinavian style which came served with anchovies and capers and a very tasty red wine sauce. The halibut was delicious, two thick fillets of the snowy white fish were accompanied by asparagus, mixed vegetables, pressed potatoes, clarified butter and a small dish of freshly grated horseradish for that final sparkle.
Salmon of course is a star of Scandinavian cuisine and here it is served grilled with duchesse potatoes, hollandaise sauce and fresh vegetables. Swedish meatballs, made popular by a certain furniture store, appear on the menu but these are Akvavit style and are served in a creamy gravy with mashed potatoes and lingonberries. For meatier types, the classic dish “elephant ear” should not be overlooked. It’s a very large and very thin beef slice flavoured with butter and accompanied by a light Merlot sauce and French fries. Along with all this, the Australian and Argentinean steaks come highly recommended: the classic Chateaubriand Provencale is a whole fillet weighing in at 500 grams for two people to share at B.1,350. (Allow 25 minutes once ordered). There’s also a Thai menu offering 18 dishes from tom yum soup to whole fried sea bass with garlic and pepper.
Recommended desserts include their lemon tart, a decadent meringue Suisse laden with whipped cream and ice cream plus apple pie and that chocolate dream of lava cake.
Serving Swedish cuisine with a twist, Akvavit successfully gives us a peep into this interesting cuisine. Pelle is always on hand to help and recommend before darting back into the kitchen to direct his chefs. Their weekend buffet is also proving a great success. From 12 noon to 4 pm for only B.335 you can take your fill of Swedish meatballs in cream sauce, chicken fajitas, roast beef, pastas, Pytt Bellman (a sort of Swedish hash), grilled honey ham, BBQ ribs and much more. The “After Beach” Happy Hour runs from 3 till 6 pm with lots of imbibing bargains to be had. If it’s just a bar snack you fancy then you’re in for a treat with a creative list of snacks ranging from fried glazed chicken wings with blue cheese dressing (B.170), deep-fried onion rings, sushi plates from B.290 plus platters of cold cuts and cheeses.
So many reasons to visit this gastro-bar restaurant – come here for a taste of international cuisine with Chef Pelle’s inimitable Swedish twist.
Catering service available.
Jomtien Beach Road, corner of Soi 3
Open from 10 am till late
Tel: 038 233 672