The restaurant is in Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old City. I had wanted to eat elk, so we had headed initially to The Flying Elk in Malartorget. This turned out to be a gastropub serving Swedo-Brit fusion food. After some discussion, we ascertained that elk was not on the menu and headed on.
The elk at Marten Trotzig at Vasterlanggatan is served as a mousse on lingonberry bread. For me, Trotzig is everything a restaurant should be. It is furnished quite simply, the waiter was relaxed but informative about the menu, and the food was inventive but not at the expense of flavour.
The wine the waiter had suggested was a Barbera d’Asti produced from the Liedholm vineyard, named after the Swedish footballer Nils Liedholm who is known as Il Barone in Italy. Liedholm was a big name in the 1950s and 1960s. I skirted round the issue when the waiter asked if I knew him.
Along with the elk mousse on lingonberry bread, a memorable dish, I had the reindeer with polenta, also good.