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Final meal at Gustaf Anders

JC | Feb 28, 200403:15 AM

This post won't do anyone much good, since they are closing in two days, but I've been a loyal patron for about three years, and I love the restaurant enough that I thought I'd type up one final post.

They were booked solid, and of course will be for their final weekend. I went with seven friends. Their menu was pared down significantly - they only offered their most popular dishes, such as gravad lax, rimmad lax, caesar salad, swedish meatballs, and of course the filet with creamed morel mushrooms, stilton cheese and red wine sauce. So most of us started with the gravad lax, and a few started with the caesar salad. As usual, the gravad lax was spectacular, almost buttery soft but very flavorful. I didn't find out exactly what my friends thought of the salad, but they seemed to enjoy it (I was always a little thrown off by the inclusion of anchovies and the presentation of the lettuce as two wedges). Several of us also had a glass of akvavit with it, which unfortunately was poured a little too early to be enjoyed with the appetizer (they were very busy, so service was just a tad slower than usual). For the entree, I had the filet medium rare. It was and is one of the best pieces of meat I've ever had. Everything about it was just perfect. The meat was tender and juicy, and the sauces were very flavorful but not overpowering. I think most of us had the filet, although one person had the Swedish meatballs, and a few Catholic friends observing Lent had either the salmon or the Chilean sea bass special. Everyone raved about his food. I don't eat a lot of fish, but I do know how good their Swedish meatballs are.

For dessert, I had the puff pastry with bananas, whipped cream, walnuts, and caramel sauce with a glass of Swedish punsch (I had no idea what it was, so I thought I'd give it a try; the closest I can come to describing it is that it is similar to cognac, but with just a touch of akvavit flavor to it). Some of my friends had the baked chocolate mousse, and one had the chocolate walnut tart. Again, everyone loved what he had. It's a little hard to say a lot, because everything we had should be well-known to anyone who has dined there, and because I'm still rather drunk from dinner and can barely type ATM. :) We had two bottles of Rhone red wine, and there were only three of us who drank more than a few sips, I obviously being one of those three, hehe. I don't drink much anymore, so I am quite the lightweight.

The tab, including tip, for a party of eight was slightly over $600. One of my friends, who loves red meat, was a little down that he did not get to have the filet because of Lent, so we decided that we would try to go again on Sunday (despite the restaurant being booked solid, the bar seemed to be mostly empty, so we thought we'd try to get a couple stools on Sunday), after we try the $1.99 IKEA breakfast. :D

I will miss this restaurant.

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