31 October 2014
Shaking up Stockholm: K-Märkt, the ecological gourmet cantine
Freshly baked bread never smelt so good. Chickens roast slowly. An army of chefs bustle behind the long marble counter. Lounge music pervades the scene. Welcome to K-Märkt.
A cantine like no other, which opened at the start of September in Stockholm. Is it a cantine? Yes, a self-service one that serves up to 600 meals at lunchtime. But a luxury dining hall, opened by a chef (Johan Gottberg) who honed his skills in starred restaurants, a super creative award-winning pastry chef (Daniel Roos) and Jen Dolk, the face of the three, food and wine critic and famous Swedish TV host. All this under one roof, a 1970s pop building that attempts to mimic the Pompidou Centre with its apparent ventilation pipes. Just add a true sense of ecological responsibility and compressed tariffs. Mix it all up; and there you have an address that has already established itself as the quirkiest joint in Stockholm!
At K-Märkt, reducing waste is a priority. Whilst at a typical self-service, almost 40% of food ends up in the bin, at K-Märkt it is less than 5%. Interestingly, clients pay for their food by weight. This solution makes customers accountable and encourages them not to take more than they can swallow! As for the 5% wastage, even this serves a purpose, being transformed into fuel, which drives the van that collects the best products from the most reputed butchers, fishmongers and market gardeners in Stockholm. Because at K-Märkt, they serve only top quality products, the very same found in Michelin starred restaurants. But in order to maintain their affordable prices, every evening the K-Märkt team gather all that these luxury suppliers have in stock. As a result, costs are barely higher than in a traditional industrial cantine ( + 20% on average), and K-Märkt clients can freely taste dishes fit for a banquet table!
Nestled in a building built in 1971 and preserved like a piece of historic architecture, K-Märkt is already one of the most popular spots in Stockholm, only a few weeks after its opening. The lunchtime self-service is open to all, using the surrounding area like students and passing hipsters. But in the evening, the place can be rented out for private events. Stockholm Fashion Week has already booked it for a series of wacky parties. The vast hall and outside spaces, deserts of the night, act as the ideal party venue! But seeing as K-Märkt is a cantine like no other, there is also a chef’s table…in a room lined with glass cabinets in which meat slowly matures, a select group can try this special meal tray. And soon, a garden will be established on the roof terrace. Honestly, who wouldn’t dream about having such a cantine within reach of their office?
Contact details: At Plume Voyage, we can tell you all about the hot spots of tomorrow today! K-Märkt is so new that there is no English website, but you can still check out the Swedish one!