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“Forget-Me-Not”: Oaxen Krog

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The trees in the forest, the smell of woods, the sound of the sea, the sense of nature, there is no better place to enjoy Oaxen’s grand finale menu: A Natural Ending. We were there for our last time in June, and it is obvious that Oaxen has further gained its international reputation over the last few years. Not only were there a few tables of Swedish locals, but it had diners from Denmark, France, England, America, and as far as Taiwan! Without disappointment, a small kitchen team of six churned out more than 300 flawless dishes to 32 customers that night!

We always had a romantic time there, and I have to agree with docsconz that “Oaxen Krog is quite possibly the most romantic restaurant on the planet.” To make our final Oaxen experience extra-special (and to avoid the needs of catching the last ferry), we stayed at their ship hotel Prince van Orangiën for the first time, and continued with the great food the next morning at Pumpen, Oaxen Krog’s little restaurant by the pier next to the ship hotel. The smoked shrimp there is not to be missed!

Magnus has documented fragments of their 17-year experience in the book Oaxen adieu. It is not just a book of recipes, but contains historical images of the island, the floor plan of the dining room, the working routine in his kitchen, with a photo collection titled “Forget-me-not: Oaxen memories by Magnus”, and his personal chef’s notes including plating sketches, the making of ättika (a traditional Swedish vinegar), technical details on cooking using smoke, and descriptions of the 31 edible plants found on the island! Magnus will be greatly missed by every single element of Oaxen.

So what’s next for the couple? They have chosen the old shipyard in Stockholm, Djurgårdsvarvet, as their new home. Inspired by its nautical roots, a “mess hall” (mäss) will serve as a main dining room and a ”storehouse” (magasin) will serve more casual meals, giving rise to the name DVMM, Djurgårdsvarvet Mäss & Magasin. I am already looking forward to this new site, scheduled to open in Spring 2013.

Magnus and Agneta, on behalf of all your supporters, we greatly appreciate your 17 years of dedication in creating such an exquisite restaurant and providing such beautiful memories to many of us. The cuisine of Oaxen will never be forgotten!