During my vacation in Sweden my parents and I made a road-trip to some of the smaller islands outside Gothenburg. Road-trip and road-trip to reach the first island Hönö one has to take a ferry. But the ferry is more a transportation ferry and takes about 10-12 minutes.
After some nice touring and looking at the beautiful scenery it was time for lunch. I had read about Tullhuset (The House of Customs) so we decided to eat there. And was we in for a treat! The restaurant specialty is seafood. And being on an island in the Nordic sea it felt quite appropriate to eat seafood! Of course we all love seafood so it was a no-brainer!
For starter my mum picked their signature shrimp sandwich the Tullarsandwich (Customs sandwich). It was served on their homebaked dark rye-bread.
My step-dad and I chose two of their soups. He chose their fish and shellfish soup flavored with a touch of saffron. He comment that even the potatoes were delicious. And he is not a big fan of potatoes! And of course the huge mussel on top was a nice treat too!
Myself I picked their lobster bisque. It was served with a piece of Västerbottenost pie. Västerbottenost (cheese from Västerbotten) is a very famous Swedish cheese and one that I love! Basically when I’m home in Sweden if there is a dish on a menu that includes this cheese I’m more likely to pick that dish!
And that was the reason why I also picked my main course, which again included Västerbottenost. This time the cheese were in a potato-pie that was served as a side to turbot. The fish was served on a bed of spinach with a mirror of mussel sauce.
There were also a roasted garlic flower. My mum had the same main course as I, but she was not a big fan of the garlic. Thought it took over from the rest of the dish. Personally I love roasted garlic so it was fine with me. But I can agree with her; for this dish it was not necessary as there were plenty of other lovely flavors.
My step-dad picked the witch. Yes the witch! Or righteyed flounder as it is also called. As it doesn’t looks so appealing to have witch on the menu the fish is often called Torbay sole in English menus. In Swedish we call it Rödtunga, which means red sole.
The sole was served with a lobster sauce, grilled tomatoes and butter fried mushrooms. And as always in Sweden during summer fish comes with new potatoes!
I can honestly say we were all very happy with our meal! Everything was well prepared, lovely flavors with the traditional Swedish ways to prepare seafood and side dishes. Lovely presentations and a nice interior suited for the location! And of course with this lovely view! Everything combined to a delightful meal!
Remember Life is too short to not eat and drink well!