Ulla Winbladh

Head out to the island of Djurgården in Stockholm, a place which is truly a little haven for hungry people.

We eat slowly so the meal will last as long as possible, while taking in the flavours, enjoying the surroundings and the good atmosphere. We toast.

According to the Swedish blogger Michaela Forni, Ulla Winbladh has Stockholm’s best meatballs. Although we haven’t tried meatballs elsewhere in the city, we don’t deny the fact that she might be right.

We both have a Swedish background and have grown up eating meatballs once in a while, with lingonberry jam of course, but never with sour cucumber salad. Yummy! The meatballs are really tasty, the sauce creamy with a rich flavour and then mashed potato. With a really good potato flavour too, not just a yellow mass to fill up in the stomach.

It was perfect to book a table here, since we had planned to visit the Vasa and the ABBA Museums. The restaurant is a short distance from both. I was not sure how full it would be on an afternoon in early October, but there had been room for us anyway.

At Ulla Winbladh we treat people like kings and kings as people

There is a pleasant atmosphere in the room. Besides us, most guests are older women and men having a late lunch. The interior is classy, but not too pompous. “At Ulla Winbladh we treat people like kings and kings as people” their website states. A place for everyone in other words.

The building was built for Stockholm’s art and industrial exhibition in 1987 by architect Gustav Wickman. It previously housed a bakery. In the mid 1950s it was converted into a restaurant and named ‘Wärdshuset Ulla Winbladh’, after the mistress and muse of poet and performer Bellman.

We finish the last pieces of meatballs while looking out on what is a beautiful autumn day. The place really is an oasis and I can imagine it to be absolutely fantastic here during the summer too, with a juicy shrimp sandwich and a glass of wine in front of me…

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