Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Swedish Foodie Feature: Aifur

Have you ever wondered what it would like to be a Viking for a day? If your answer is “YES!” then you are in for a real treat! Up next on our virtual tour of Sweden is the very interesting and unique restaurant, Aifur.
via Flickr by Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho
Located in Gamla stan, or the Old Town of Stockholm is the first and only restaurant with a complete focus on the gastronomic heritage of the Viking Age. Aifur is named after a legendary Viking ship, and is the result of fifteen years of accumulated knowledge and research about the life, food and culture from approximately 700 to 1100 AD.

The restaurant and feast hall have the capacity to host up to 150 people, and the design and décor is pure Viking style. Visitors can find many exact replicas of Viking artifacts that have been found in tombs and excavations; these replicas include tapestries from Osebergs ship in Norway, a church bench from Kungsåra church, and drinking glasses found at Birka. Sit back and enjoy your dinner while listening to live musicians play the sweet tunes of the Viking age – of course, on historically correct replicas of period instruments!

Photo from Aifur Gallery
Of course, Vikings were not exactly known for their plethora of cookbooks! But with the help of archaeology and osteology, the owners and staff have put together a menu that is as historically informed and correct as possible. Many of their dishes are spiced with similar herbs and spices that the Vikings would have shipped in their boats from the bazaars of Miklagard (today’s Istanbul).

The menu offers a wide variety of appetizers, main courses, desserts, and a fine selection of beverages; better still, are the in-depth explanations and background of each dish! Standouts on the menu look to be the Plate from Trögden (a mixture of reindeer sausage, elk sausage, flat-smoked pork, reindeer heart, lamb steak and cheddar cheese), Tore Hjort’s Tenderloin (venison served with parsnip purée and black currants), and Cake Ansgar (a nut and apple cake with honey cream). Yum!

Photo from Aifur Gallery 

Have you been lucky enough to visit Aifur? We would love to hear about it in the comments below...