"Hantverk" is the Swedish word for craft and a passion for craftsmanship in all its forms is the driving force behind this Östermalm meeting place - from the artisanal food and drinks served in elegant but relaxed surroundings to the handcrafted interiors.
You don't need to stray too far from the glitz and glamour of Stureplan to find this laid-back yet ambitious restaurant. Pass Humlegården park and cross Karlavägen and you'll find Hantverket, its name a reflection of the entire artisanal experience. The skill of the chefs and their ability to cook without compromise or shortcuts, as well as the decor, represent extensive experience and careful execution.
The kitchen team create dinner dishes that are all around the same size and can be combined as you like, rather than divided up into starters and main courses. The ingredients are primarily Swedish, but are often used in exciting and exotic flavour fusions. At lunchtime, they serve a daily lunch special, an à la carte menu and their "Little Swedish Cuisine" two or three course set menu.
Drinks are also important at Hantverket. At their cocktail table, "Spritbordet", all the usual rules of fine dining are turned upside down and guests get to sample a selection of cocktails that stimulate all the senses, paired with five creative dishes carefully chosen to enhance the flavours in each glass.
It's no coincidence that the interiors are all carefully selected and handcrafted either. The restaurant owner began his career as a carpenter and woodwork teacher and used to run the interior design company Svensk Inredning. At Hantverket, a love of genuine craftsmanship is evident in everything the restaurant does.
The kitchen closes at 10pm.