Newly-opened in Stockholm, Nosh and Chow is an innovative, upmarket townhouse linked to the city’s trendsetting Berns boutique hotel. Tables are hard to come by – but Berns guests can more easily reserve, and charge meals back to their hotel room. January 9th, Berns opened Nosh and Chow, a converted, swanky townhouse ten minutes away, inside Stockholm’s Golden Triangle, which seats 150 guests. It functions like a Soho House-style club and centers around a brasserie du monde restaurant, with support from various bars and lounges. In addition, an upscale speakeasy bar, Bernie’s, is located in the building’s ‘yard house’.
The atmosphere is intimate: a members’ club with no official membership list; a place to see and be seen. In autumn 2013, a second, 60-seat restaurant will open with its own style on the first floor, while four hotel/event suites will follow in winter. Nosh and Chow isn’t exclusive to Berns clients, but availability is already sorely limited and guests at Berns can pre-book via the hotel’s Concierge, and also charge meals back to their room tab.
Nosh and Chow’s cuisine will rotate global cuisines through the year, tying in with Berns’ own theme of “bringing the world to Stockholm”. Using homegrown Swedish products, the first four cuisines are South-East Asian, Finnish-Russian, North American and North African. In a career spanning New York, Singapore and Stockholm, esteemed head chef Anders Atte has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants and cooked for the King and Queen of Sweden.
Interiors on the first two floors were designed by the lauded Catalan architect, Lázaro Rosa Violán, who has also worked on Boca Grande and Big Fish in Barcelona, plus London’s Iberica restaurants. Nosh and Chow’s interiors feature a miscellany of pieces from around the world, in line with Lázaro’s reputation as an “urban archaeologist”, including maps found in a market in Tokyo, lamps from a Polish hockey-rink, glass shades produced by Mallorca’s oldest glass factory and original tiles made for Barcelona’s La Sagrada Familia.
Berns is already Stockholm’s most privileged place to stay. On top of the slick, chicly-designed hotel rooms themselves, guests at the glamorous hotel can dine at Asiatiska (recently voted Sweden’s best restaurant), attend hip gigs in the grand Stora Salongen (a venue for Rihanna’s 777 tour) concert hall, and gain entry to the super-exclusive basement nightclub, 2.35:1, which turns away thousands each week. Weekend guests at Berns now also get a wristband that queue-jumps them into Stockholm’s coolest clubs for free.
A three-course dinner at Nosh and Chow costs from £50 pp. A two-night B&B stay in a standard room at Berns costs from £186 pp (two sharing). Flights to Stockholm Arlanda, the most-convenient airport, cost from £135 pp with SAS (www.flysas.com/en). The Arlanda Express (www.arlandaexpress.com) train into the city is from £50 pp for a return ticket