Yes, that’s right – reindeer. I suppose it depends on where you live, but in some parts of the world it is not strange at all to eat reindeer, say Norway, Sweden or Finland. Even if you have never been to those places, you may have even eaten reindeer and not known it – in the U.S. and Canada reindeer is called Caribou. Basically a reindeer is a type of deer, so don’t be too scandalized. If you have eaten venison, you have likely eaten reindeer or a close cousin of the reindeer. Don’t worry, Santa will forgive you.
My first experience with reindeer happened to be in Stockholm, Sweden at Mathias Dalhgren’s famous namesake restaurant in the Grand Hotel. Dahlgren is a chef trained in the classic sense which is apparent from an early career win of the Bocuse d’Or in 1997 and receiving Michelin star at two different restaurants, one being the current. However, what I appreciate about his food is not just the flawless execution, but his ability to keep things real and at times even rustic in spite of that perfectionist attention to detail. With that gestalt mastered, where else to try reindeer but in Sweden at Mathias’ restaurant. It was a surf and turf of sorts, see above, salmon and reindeer sashimi. (For the record it tasted like beef / venison.)
Don’t be shy…try reindeer. ‘Tis the season. And if you are in Stockholm try a Michelin starred reindeer experience:
The Restaurant Mathias Dahlgren
Grand Hotel Stockholm
Södra Blaisehomshannen 8
SE-103 27 Stockholm, Sweden
Telephone: +46 86 79 3584