Eat Japanese: RAW Sushi & Grill

Eat Japanese: RAW Sushi & Grill

RAW Sushi - Food photography by Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

Mellan sushi – Medium-sized plate with tempura shrimp, salmon (tax), tuna, and other types of sushi

If you’re coming in from London, New York, or larger cities with a ton of ethnic restaurants, your best bet would be to stick to seafood and game (think reindeer, moose) dishes while visiting Stockholm. Honestly, Stockholm just can’t compete with New York when it comes to top-notch ethnic cuisine.

But when it comes to sushi, Stockholm has a ton of really good restaurants that serve up the freshest fish and shellfish dishes. Even my neighborhood sushi joint with its four tables serves up succulent salmon (lax) sushi that just melts in your mouth.

Again, harkening back to Stockholm’s prowess when it comes to seafood and game.

I was recently at RAW Sushi & Grill with two girlfriends, Kendra Williams of Americulinariska, and recording artist and photographer Germaine Thomas. RAW is a trendy corner sushi cafe in the Vasastan district that looks more like a French Bistro with dark furniture, light contemporary décor, and long lunch lines waiting to snag a coveted table.

Clearly a popular lunch place, I was instantly greeted with a bowl of warm well-seasoned miso soup. My dish – the Kombi – which included three salmon sushi, three deep fried organic prawns, and three maki pieces – was delicious. So much so that I shamelessly ordered an extra lunch plate.

After an almost three-hour long lunch, I didn’t feel rushed and best of all, they were quite accommodating with my toddler who was running all over the place screaming at the top of her lungs.

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Author: Lola A. Åkerström

Lola Akinmade Åkerström is an award-winning writer, photographer, and travel blogger, and is also the Founder/Editor-in-chief of Slow Travel Stockholm. Her photography is represented by National Geographic Creative. She tweets at @LolaAkinmade.

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