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Råkultur, Kungstensgatan 2, Stockholm

Råkultur is/was one of the more hyped restaurants for sushi/Japanese food in Stockholm. They have had some great reviews, here is one not so great.

This was the main sashimi plate. The fish was fresh with about 5 different types. No tuna however, this was a bit strange. What I was annoyed with was that about 1/3 of this plate (that costs a small fortune – 200 SEK or £20) is covered by what I really do not consider being that tasty. Beans, water radish and flowers (sic!). I really think that this should be small separate side dishes or just plain garment – not an essential part of the meal. They also has some black sesame paste (middle top) that covered half of the white fish. I really disliked the composition.

For about 1/4 of the price of the sashimi but almost the same size, this was Råkultur’s version of a bibimbap. Or rice topped with random Asian stuff that they call it. You could not mix it, some bits were warm and some bits were cold. The individual flavours were ok but I did not understand the dish.

For me, Råkultur was a real disappointment. Just like everything else in Stockholm, this place will be/was popular for a year and then die out. They also played some sort of uptempo lounge music that annoyed me, the sound would have been more appopriate for a hotel bar. Pointless place and sad food.

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3 responses

  1. Thank you for this review, because even though I haven’t been to Råkultur, I have always been suspicious towards it. I live in Stockholm, and all the Swedish reviews are singing its praise, but when I have read the menu on-line, I’ve become really sceptical.

    Unfortunately, Swedish food journalists and reviewers aren’t that well oriented when it comes to Asian food.

    So, thank you once again for this review.

    2011/03/17 at 11:36 am

    • Kim

      Glad that you found the review helpful.

      Yes, I was disappointed with the food at Råkultur. I had also read some great reviews, and had to give it a go. Basically, it’s Asian fusion and that’s just not my cup of tea. You don’t really go there for the food, you won’t find foodies here. You go there because it says you should go there and if you’re not there then who are you?

      2011/03/18 at 11:08 pm

  2. Hungry4More

    @Kim:

    I’m really surprised you didn’t like the sushi at Råkultur, it being one of the few quality oriented japanese restaurants in Stockholm.
    All the menu is designed by a chef, Sayan, really passionate about what he does, he also participate arriving second at a world sushi competition in London: Sushi Awards 2009 http://www.eat-japan.com/sushi-awards-2009/seven-sushi-samurai.html
    He runs both Råkultur and the michelin starred restaurant Esperanto up the stairs in the same building.
    I’m a japanese food aficionado and been working and consulting in restaurants with that concept around the globe I found Råkultur very distinctive in the presentations and genuine in the creations with a particular cool scandinavian touch.
    Maybe you want to try the Langoustines Råkultur on wednesdays: to die for!!!

    @Hälsporren:

    Sometimes you should see and taste for yourself other than believe at anything you read on the net, especially when coming from not proven or reliable sources.

    2011/10/26 at 1:51 pm

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