Saturday, February 4, 2023

Seafood from Heaven served by an Angel

Atmosphere
9
Food
9.5
Service
9
Value
9.2
At Gabriel the food served is super fresh, tasty and nothing less than world class.

Restaurant Gabriel serves the same food for more than 30 years

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN: As a view from the outside, the building looks like a church, but inside it is all about fish and sea food, about fresh and delicious food and good wines and local beer. Here are shops and three restaurants, all selling and serving fish and seafood. Every church needs an angel and this one has a Chef performing as the angel of fresh sea food.  This is the church to meet Gabriel.

seafood
Johan Malm, the Chef performing as an Angel of fresh sea food

Fish Church. Feskekörka, in English means the Fish Church, is located by a canal in central Gothenburg. Restaurant Gabriel has been here serving sea food since 1986, without too many foreign ingredients, just honest food from the wild sea, lakes and rivers. You can enjoy a glass of wine and eat at the bar or get the full treatment at tables. The atmosphere is informal, and so is Johan Malm, the busy owner and head chef. If Johan isn´t around, he might be on tour in China introducing Swedish oysters or diving for seafood on the West Coast of Sweden. Johan is the champion in opening oysters. In two minutes or so he can open 30 oysters. As Swedish and World champion in Oyster shucking, Malm is as fast as sprinter Usain Bolt.

Pan-fried Mackerel served in Gothenburg

Big Five all fresh from the Sea

Gothenburg is Sweden´s seafood capital and the Bohuslän coast all the way to the boarder of Norway, is the place for seafood safaris. At Restaurant Gabriel they have served more or less the same menu since the opening more than 30 years ago. That includes lobster, oysters, mussels, crayfish and prawns – also known as the big five and all fresh from the sea. Most of the oysters come from the waters around the seaside town of Grebbestad.

Only wild fish. Every morning there is an auction at the fish market, and every day the shops get fresh fish and sea food. Chef Malm prefer wild fish and of this reason all farmed salmon are removed from the menu.
I started my taste menu with Swedish oysters, fresh from the sea. The next wa Kalix Loja, an exclusive caviar from fish in fresh water, also known as “Caviar of Kalix”.

Something Swedish to drink…

Herring in preserving liquid

The very best bite came as Matjes, it´s herring soaked in preserving liquid and served with Löjrom, onion and browned butter on Danish rye bread. I fully understand the decision of replacing farmed salmon with Mates herring. I finished my meal with Catch of the day, it came as pan fried mackerel.

As traveller, trying the catch of the day is one of the most satisfying ways to feel like a native. This was my second visit to Gabriel in Gothenburg and I know they are dedicated to the finest local ingredients to be found.

Top score. Freshness is paramount for any fish restaurant and this one also has creative Chefs. My meal was washed down with locally brewed beer and a shot of snaps. For the first time I decide to lash out 95 out of 100 points – because I was served fresh seafood from Heaven.
Koka is holding one Michelin Star. Get our story from testing the food at Koka

Recent articles

Our Best Travel Tips – Travel like a Pro. Save Money

Traveling is an fun-filled experience with lasting memories and fun stories. Here's how to make the entire experience more pocket friendly.

Beaches in Tel Aviv – One for the Religious Prayers

Explore beaches in Tel Aviv. All have their own special character, even one for the religious surrounded by walls to prevent prying eyes.

Top 10 Things to do at Stonehenge

It´s older than the Egyptian pyramids and still largely a mystery. Yes, it is possible visiting Stonehenge without paying for a ticket.

Greek Coffee tradition – A pleasure for body, mind and soul

The Greeks like to sip it and enjoy the aroma while socialising. The longer it takes for them to drink a coffee, the more they enjoy it!

Old Cuba in the East Keep the Authentic Charm

Let´s visit Santiago, Guantanamo, Baracoa and meet a European gringo in the small town of Santa Maria. Go now, go to the East and Old Cuba.

Let’s talk about a language that doesn’t use Yes or No

Finally, I found a language with few or no words that suggest something negative. Not any word for No! Not even one. Simply positive talking.
Gudmund Lindbaek
Gudmund Lindbaek
Journalist founded King Goya a few years back. Meeting people, local food and engaging stories are my passion. I plan for ambitious once-in-a-lifetime trips. My delight is the prospect of Future Travels: Longer, Slower, Farther! I just want a tiny slice of adventure to be alive, and then excited to return home.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here