Andrew and I aren’t really “fancy restaurant people”
…and there are a couple of reasons for that.
If you know the Valentine’s Day wine bottle story, then you know that the fancy restaurant gods are not in our favor.
Thankfully (for our bank accounts sake), Andrew NOW knows I’m not the kind of girl who is impressed by fancy shmancy dining experiences - or absurdly priced bottles of wine.
After a long work week, you’re more likely to find us eating takeout sushi on the couch with a box of red wine than going out for dinner… except a couple weekends ago when we finally went to a restaurant we’d been talking about trying for ages - Kitchen and Table + SkyBar at the Clarion Malmö Live Hotel.
Though the rooftop location might give you the impression that there’d be an uppity vibe, I actually found the atmosphere to be really laid back. The staff was friendly and welcoming, the food was good, and the views were even better.
If you’re looking for a good date night restaurant…or just a cool place to grab a drink and take in an epic city view, Kitchen and Table + Malmö Skybar is the perfect spot.
Located on the 25th floor of the Clarion Malmö Live Hotel, the SkyBar has hands down the greatest view you’ll find of the city.
The cocktails are as delicious as they are beautifully presented, and the views of the Turning Torso and Oresund Bridge are unbeatable.
I’d recommend arriving early to grab a few pre-dinner drinks at golden hour.
If you like gin and want a light, refreshing drink, try a classic French 75 (complete with an adorably dainty elder flower flourish)… or my not so classic favorite, Any Last Words - made with gin, apricot, green chartreuse, lime, pineapple, sugar, basil. So yum.
Kitchen and Table
After kicking things off with drinks at the SkyBar, walk on over to Kitchen and Table, one of the hotel’s two restaurants by Ethiopian Swedish chef, Marcus Samuelsson.
Read more: About Marcus Samuelsson
We came for dinner, but they also have a cocktail brunch every Saturday from 11:30-2.
Cosy, cosy, cosy DECOR
The laid back atmosphere at Kitchen and Table is due in part to the awesome staff, but also the rustic and cosy decor. After the sun went down, the candles were lit, and their flickering made the space feel even more warm and welcoming… no pun intended.
The restaurant has an open kitchen layout (complete with a wrap around bar), and a community style high-top table in the center of the room which I really liked.
Some of my family members are planning to visit Malmö in the summer, and, maybe I’m getting ahead of myself, but I could totally picture us all sitting down for a beautiful (and rare) meal together here.
snacks & STARTERS
Given that we aren’t really fancy food people, some of the terms on the menu were a bit over my head. Thankfully our waitress Daniella was awesome (and a total foodie). She explained everything in detail and gave us some great recommendations.
To start we had Kissed by the Sun (crispy Jerusalem artichokes and a delicious, creamy parmesan mayonnaise) and the Cuttle Me (grilled octopus, spiced cream, black radish, apple, and olive oil). You can’t go wrong with either one, but, I personally preferred the contrasting flavors of the octopus and green apple in the Cuttle Me.
We also had a surprise /TAI(R)´TAI(R)/ (sans ox heart), which we both LOVED. The flavors complimented each other well and it was beautifully presented. This was another dish that had Andrew saying, “Oh my gosh… so good” every other bite - For reference, the same thing happened at the hotel’s restaurant downstairs, Eatery Social Taqueria. I’m tellin ya, this Marcus Samuelsson guy is on the something.
I honestly could have made a meal out of just starters and sides here, but we went with Daniella’s recommendations and tried some different things instead.
His: Potato Rhapsody with Beef Sirloin - Crispy potato, roasted potato broth, pickled potato, Leicestershire Red cheese, and a grilled sirloin (not pictured because Andrew eats too fast).
Hers: What What to the Halibut - hilariously named, and so delicious. Baked halibut, salsify, miso beurre blanc, potato puree, and dried porcini mushroom. To be honest, I don’t know what half of those words mean… but I can tell ya it was good.
The sweet stuff
For dessert, after much deliberation (aka arguing over who got the Pulp Fiction), we decided to get that and the Eton Mess.
His: The majority of the Pulp Fiction. The sherbert icecream and carrot cake combination was pretty good… but we both agreed I made the better choice.
Hers: The Eton Mess - a delicious meringue, tonka bean, cream, and seasonal berry treat that literally melted in my mouth. The berry of the day was blueberry… and, again, they knocked this one out of the park - so yum.
Overall, I really enjoyed our dining experience at Kitchen and Table, (and also the fact that there were no pricey wine bottle mishaps). Thanks again to Daniella for teaching us more about each dish and recommending such delicious combinations!
Whether you’re having a date night or just looking for a cool spot for after work cocktails, the food, drinks, and views at SkyBar + Kitchen and Table will not disappoint. I can’t wait to go back to try their Saturday cocktail brunch, (& also to bring my family here this summer - lookin at you, mum. BOOK YOUR FLIGHT ALREADY)!
Hours + Location
Saturdays: 11.30 – 14.00
Monday-Thursday: 11:30-14:00 & 17.00-01.00
Friday: 11:30-14:00 & 16:00-01:00
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