While living in Vienna, I visited Sapa[a], a Vietnamese restaurant, a lot. This chiefly thanks to their delicious PhoXao, which, as soon as I tasted it the first time, got me hooked. This review is triggered by my joy at finding PhoXao in Stockholm. Not just anywhere in Stockholm, but a stone's throw away from home.
Nonni Sushi[b] opened a couple of months ago in the newly-renovated spaces on Klara Östra Kyrkogata where it joins Klarabergsgatan. At first I ignored it - a couple of weeks before City Sushi had opened fifty meters away, and there's of course Pong Sushi and Pong nearby. The whole block suffered from an overload of sushi. Sushi, that tasted like it had been delivered frozen from some central kitchen, at that.
What set Nonni apart was not the sushi. I confess to not having tried it yet. It as the other items on the menu - Korean bibimbab, yakiniku and some others that were simply described in Swedish. Finally, a restaurant that went outside what had become the sad template for sushi restaurants in Stockholm. That in itself warranted a visit and I was not disappointed. Today, however, ranks as a great visit. I saw the item "fried pasta noodles with chicken" and immediately had a flashback to Sapa. I ordered it and by God, it was great.
The interior is nice and modern, as the trend is among restaurants nowadays. A slight complaint would be that in their desire to use the "clean Scandinavian style", they have lost a bit of the gemütlichkeit that Sapa has. Maybe time will take care of this - hopefully while leaving the excellent food untouched.