275:- SEK Per Person (13 – 100 yo)
- Close to Fruängen metro, in Långbroparken; a nice getaway from the city
- Very cosy and homely inside
- Excellent layout and presentation of food with a very wide selection
- Family friendly, with tiered prices for kids depending on age (1-2 yo: 45 sek; 3-6 yo: 95 sek; 7-12 yo: 175 sek)
- Probably one of the best kept secret brunches in Stockholm
- Closes for summer
- Brunch is only served inside
Lying outside of the city in the southern suburbs of Älvsjö lies the cozy and homely Långbro Värdshus. Located within Långbroparken makes for a quiet and peaceful location to spend the day with friends and family, away from the fast pace of the city.
Långbro Värdshus provides an excellent brunch for a very reasonable price, even for the suburbs. We were lucky enough to get a table for the last brunch session before they closed down for the summer. Also, we had another guest join us for this brunch! Althea, another ex-pat from the Philippines. Thanks for joining us, it was great to meet you!
The Food and Drinks
The cold plates at Långbro Värdshus are delicious. As someone who isn’t a big fan of sill, I was told I had to try the Långbro sill. It was amazing, and I actually went back for seconds. If all sill was served like this, I’d have a new favorite Swedish food.
Another fish to try is the asian salmon in noodles. It was very tasty but not overpowering as salmon can be very strong. It was well balanced, and not overly oily, with large pieces of salmon.
There was a DIY caesar salad section, but unfortunately there was no chicken available to mix in. Not a huge problem, as all the other food made up for this, in turkey slices in particular went well with the caesar sala. The cold cuts selection was good as well with an excellent smoked turkey breast (which goes really well with the caesar salad) and a very flavorful chorizo.
Finally, make sure to save a small space at the end of the cold plates. There is an amazing open face chicken salad sandwich on a slice of baguette. This needs to be tried out. Highly recommended!
After such impressive cold plates, we were hoping Långbro Värdshus could deliver on the warm plates, and they did, in selection, and quality. Here are a few highlights worth mentioning.
They offer a fresh salmon-potato-grass-onion omelet. Don’t let the ingredients throw you off, a small serving of this will leave you savoring for more. It has a limey taste, very unique for an omelet, but trust us on this, you’ll want more. And it looks pretty too! Traditional scrambled eggs were also on offer – very fluffy and yummy.
The BBQ Ribs were tasty and not overcooked, with the right amount of sauce and flavor on them. The lime and chili drumsticks were good as well, but could have been hotter. Lamb sausages were finely minced and tasty, but a bit rubbery in texture.
Finally, there is also soup! Cream of asparagus. I’m not too sure if it’s a daily soup, or the same one every week, but it was creamy, and delicious, and served in tiny cups. Cute.
Cheese and Dessert
They have a good selection of cheeses (4 different blends) but instead of having pieces of regular bread and crackers, Långbro Värdhus had this thin, multi-grain cracker. It was very lightly salted, and worked well with the cheeses. Rather fun and enjoyable idea to make their cheeses. It would be nice to have a full/real set of cheese cutlery though.
There are also fresh fruit platters scattered around. Fresh cut blood oranges, water melon and cantaloupe; whole fruits such as apples and pears; and a fresh fruit salad with a side of whipped cream was all available to snack and graze on, after a HUGE meal.
Mint chocolate mouse cups. Those bit-sized delicate morsels are a chocolate fiends dream. They tastes great, and had the right blend of chocolate to mint ratio. The rhubarb pannacotta was tasty as well, but a little on the sweeter side (I’m already sweet). Yet again the carrot cake was boring. Do all brunches get their carrot cake from the same boring bakery? I’m still waiting for a carrot cake that blows my socks off!
Finally, pancakes. Good ol’ Swedish-style pancakes. These make a refreshing change from the American pancakes most brunch places serve. Långbro’s pancakes are ecological and about as perfect as can be.
The drinks were the usual coffee, with a nice wide selection of teas and tap water. It was great to see a place show off the tap water of Stockholm. It tastes great, isn’t over chlorinated, and was nice to see it in glass reusable bottles with Stockholm Vatten on it. They also have pops/sodas/juices/alcohol, but of course those are extra.
Our Guest’s Opinions
I found Långbro Värdshus to be an unpretentious place just right outside of Stockholm, definitely worth the trip out. It’s really lovely and cozy, and I will definitely go back as soon as they open for brunch this September
Overall, I’m extremely impressed with the brunch at Långbro Värdshus. Cosy, yet not overwhelming. An excellent layout and positioning of food, made it simple to get around and to get exactly what you wanted. The food selection was great, the presentation was excellent, and the quality of food was top notch.
For the price of 275:-, you’d be hard pressed to find a brunch that offers the same, or better value. I’m certain they could do a much better High Tea than Scandic Park‘s feeble attempt, as it definitely has the atmosphere to do it. Highly recommended, and I can’t wait for them to re-open in the fall.