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Posted by Anonymous on 08/16/2011
As a Dutchman raised in a country where herring (always eaten raw) is an age old tradition dating back hundreds of years, I couldn't resist trying the Herring Sampler. Although the Scandinavian way of serving herring is different from the Dutch way (different sauces and pickles), I was delighted. The sampler offers an exquisite variety of extraordinary flavors and I literally enjoyed every single bite.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/17/2008
i went here last night for the 2nd time and loved it, again! we started with some tasty drinks, i got the bjorn borg and my mom got aquavit and tonic. then white asparagus bisque with truffle oil and fresh chives! delish. my mom and i both got the coldwater shrimp open face sandwich as on our entree. ended the evening with some rice pudding. it was all delicious! more importantly, i was totally impressed with the service. the waitress was attentive and knowledgeable. even better, the owner was bouncing around the restaurant refilling water, giving advice on wine, and just generally chatting with everyone. the ambiance is great too. small but not cramped, cute decor, pretty music that's not too loud. i can't wait to go back!
Posted by Anonymous on 12/31/2007
I've stopped counting the number of times I have been here for dinner. This is a great place, the atmosphere is very cozy and a bit romantic. The drinks during Happy Hour are great and nicely priced. The food is consistently good. Just an awesome place to bring a couple of your friends.
Posted by Naomi on 11/28/2007
Last weekend we had friends visiting from out of town, and we were looking for a nice place for dinner. Most restaurants down here in the Financial District were closed on weekends and holidays, but Smorgas Chef is always open, even over the Thanksgiving weekend. We went there a lot in the summer for the outdoor seatings on Stone Street, but their winter setting indoors and the ambiance is just as inviting. They have a cozy but beautiful space, warm and festive, with lots of candles and nice paintings on the wall. Dinner was great, and we love the glogg, a warm spiced wine drink from Scandinavia - it really warmed you up in the cold days!
Posted by Jens on 06/04/2007
This place has really good (and authentic) Swedish food. If you go there for a drink or to eat there, you'll find the service to be acceptable as well. Forget delivery though. I order from here frequently (or at least I used to) and they almost without exception mess up your order or take forever to get it to you (and I work two blocks away). When you call them up, they will be quite affable about fixing it and apologizing, but they still manage to mess up again the next time you order.
Posted by AgentSik007 on 05/29/2007
Cozy place with a great menu, albeit a bit expensive but worth it. We ordered one of their salads as an appetizer and it was really too much for two people. The menu has a lot of interesting option but I chose to have the meatball dish, and no kidding, it was one of the best I have ever had ( sorry mom) and my friend selected the mussels (I know I thought that was a weird choice to) which actually were on par ( not the entire cigar though) with those that I've had while in Belgium. At that time they also had a cabarnet special that paired well with my dish. Besides the food I really liked this location of Smorgas Chef for the ambiance of Stone street ( which after nightfall is pretty despite being packed with restaurant tables).
Posted by Victor's sister on 04/17/2007
My friend and I met at Smorgas on Stone St for dinner on a Monday night. We were one of 3 tables occupied during the approximately 2 hrs we were there. As a result, the service was pretty good. We ordered sandwiches. Hers was salmon and mine was shrimp. My sandwich had only 1 piece of bread so it seemed that it was meant for eating with a knife and fork, sort of odd but ok. My shrimp were very scrawny and small and didn't look too pretty. They reminded me of brine shrimp. Thankfully the chef drowned them in a creamy sauce that seemed partly comprised of mayo and partly cream or cream fraische. Chives gave it a good zing. The potato salad on the side was also extremely mayonaisse filled but it too had the chives which lent it some good flavor. If you disliked chives, you were in trouble. There were greens on the plate which had a light flavored oil-based dressing. My friend said she enjoyed her salmon. It appeared to be either lox or gravlox. It seemed that they were very generous in the portion of salmon on her plate. Our dessert was a waffle with cream and berry sauce. The waffle, although not a big Belgian waffle, more of a thin Eggo style appearance, was freshly made and was still warm and comforting, like Mom might have made when we were kids. The sauce was on the side. The waitress brought us both cloudberry and blueberry sauces which was nice because there wasn't much sauce. Surprisingly, I think the dessert may have had fewer calories than my main course. In all, it was acceptable. Best for one who is in no way concerned about their arteries cloggin. I would like to return there but, I will order an entree/dinner plate, instead of a sandwich.