Husmor Lisa: Treat Yourself To The Best Dining Experience In Vaxholm

Husmor Lisa dessert
Lavender cake with berries and flowers from Chef Lisa’s garden topped with whipped cream. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diazm all rights reserved.

Located in Stockholm’s archipelago islands Husmor Lisa restaurant provides a unique home dining experience. Offering dishes that can rival the the food at any of the top restaurants in the city Husmor Lisa has something you will not get anywhere else: fresh, local and seasonal dishes prepared in an all natural kitchen and an intimate and personal dining experience in the chef’s own home overlooking the Baltic sea.

double rainbow in Vaxholm Sweden

There are days when things just fall into place, when the stars align to provide you with a succession of perfect moments. One of the most memorable and unexpected experiences during my trip to Stockholm was, interestingly enough, not in Stockholm. We where spending the night at Vaxholm, an island 45 minutes by boat from Stockholm.

It had been raining that afternoon and just as we headed to the boat that would take us to Husmor Lisa the first rays of sun pushed through the dark clouds.  Our boat sped towards the restaurant as we admired the beautiful scenery and suddenly a double rainbow stretched across the horizon.

Husmor Lisa restaurant

We arrived at Husmor Lisa and immediately I fell in love with the beautiful turn of the century Art Nouveau style house overlooking the water. Chef Lisa welcomed us with the brightest smile and we sat at a table out in the deck.

Chef Lisa Lönner Pulkkinen
Chef Lisa Lönner Pulkkinen

Out on the deck Chef Lisa prepared a delicious original cocktail made with violet water, herbs from her garden, infused vodka and champagne. The cocktail was accompanied by a light version of Swedish toast Skagen, an elegant combination of sautéed bread topped with whitefish roe.

herbal cocktail at Husmor Lisa Restaurant Vaxholm
Rose and rhubarb cocktail with Angelica infused vodka, flowers, herbs and violets. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

After the cocktail we went inside and sat at her table for a 5 course dinner that included traditional Swedish dishes with her own personal twist, all of them prepared from scratch. All the food is locally sourced and usually from small-scale producers.

Husmor Lisa restaurant
Interior of Husmor Lisa restaurant. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

Chef Lisa also makes her own sauces, butter, etc. and in her kitchen she tries to tap into the old ways of Swedish cooking using traditional techniques like drying, smoking and pickling.

Husmor Lisa restaurant Vaxholm
Elderflower marinated pike Pearch with purple and yellow sugar snaps with leaves, elderberry gelè, dill oil and sauce of burned cream and champagne. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

Many of the ingredients and most of the herbs come directly from Chef Lisa’s own garden from where she picks them fresh as she is cooking. Additionally Husmor Lisa’s kitchen is all natural and chemical free.

Swedish herring dish at Husmor Lisa
Smoked pickeled herring with pesto on garden herbs, fennel, home grown licorice and pickled radish. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

The freshness of every ingredient used in each of the different dishes was evident from the moment the food arrived at our table and as you took each bite the flavors and textures all came together.

Husmor Lisa
Beef tartar made with cured local beef, celeriac, cilantro mayonnaise, smoked quail egg, cress flowers and leaves, onion flower and home made potato chips. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

You can choose a 3, 4 or 5 course menu, all of them created specially by Chef Lisa based on what is available during the season so everything from the ingredients to the cooking methods is constantly changing. Her dishes often include Lisa’s own interpretations of traditional Swedish dishes like herring and Skagenröra; a Swedish shrimp salad with sour cream and dill.

Shrimp Skagen at Husmor Lisa
Classic Skagen on Swedish shrimp and bleak roe, fennel and goat cheese crust. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

Each course was paired with either local beer or different natural and artisanal wines that complemented the dishes magnificently.  The food’s delicious taste and presentation rivals that of the best restaurants in Stockholm. But here the peaceful home atmosphere, the unpretentious plating that focuses on highlighting the food and it’s ingredients and the beautiful view of the archipelago let’s you truly focus on the meal and the company.

Husmor Lisa beef dish
Local beef with butter baked leak and celeriac purè, home made spiced butter and roast garlic. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

As I left feeling content and with a sense that everything was good in the world a final gift: a gorgeous sunset over the archipelago islands.

Dining at Husmor Lisa was a truly marvelous and unique dining experience. It all started with the journey there and everything about the restaurant from the magical location to the fantastic chef and her passionate and positive energy made this a truly marvelous night.

sunset in Vaxholm Swede from Husmor Lisa's restaurant

If you go Husmor Lisa is about an hour boat ride from Stockholm. You can take a water taxi from Vaxholm, which will take you just a few minutes and will give you a beautiful view of the archipelago islands and the Vaxholm fortress museum from the water. You can also arrive by car.

Husmor Lisa is open Friday and Saturday evening all year round adding lunch to the schedule during the summer months. In December they serve a fantastic Swedish Christmas dinner five days a week. For reservations and more information visit Husmor Lisa’s website here you can also like Husmor Lisa’s Facebook page to stay up to date with their menus and events.

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

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