Sometimes the best food experiences are ones you absolutely didn’t see coming. We had no idea what to expect when we made a booking at Lis Mejeri. To be quite honest, we didn’t originally plan to go there on our Halland road trip – but when other bookings fell through, we turned back to our trusted Google Maps and looked at restaurants we’d saved in the area. The funniest part? Neither of us can remember how we first heard about Lis Mejeri, or why we had saved it on our map. We asked a few friends, “did you recommend this restaurant?” – but no one we asked had been. Since we didn’t have many other options, we decided to give it a try. And, boy, are we glad we did.
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From Falkenberg, we set our navigation and drove up a dusty country road about ten minutes outside the city center. In the middle of nowhere, it seemed we had reached our destination. On the side of the road, a three year old in a princess crown stood waving and smiling, and motioning for us to come in. The sign out front read Lis Mejeri – we had arrived. We parked the car and Marigel (the three-year-old) skipped ahead of us, leading us to her dad (Johan, the chef) who was pouring welcome drinks. We were handed our glasses of bubbles and told to relax in the garden until all the guests had arrived. To set the scene – seating options included bohemian daybeds, pillows on the ground, an old horse-drawn carriage (our choice!), and a large plastic cow with a saddle on top. Once all the guests (about 40) had arrived, they took us inside for dinner.
The adorable Blidberg family took over an old dairy farmhouse; they live upstairs and have converted the whole ground floor into a pop-up restaurant of sorts. In the summer, they host dinners a few nights every week. In the fall and winter, they have more limited events, such as harvest parties and Christmas tables. It’s also possible to book them for private events (which we are now planning to do with our food club, The Hungries!).
The eclectic two-level dining room has lots of retro touches, vintage furniture, and even a mannequin sitting at one of the tables. The waiters come table to table with baskets of drinks – you can pick alcoholic or non-alcoholic (they have a pairing for each course). Drinks aren’t the only pairing here – as the dishes come out, the volume is pumped up to the max, and the servers come out singing and dancing while serving your food. Yes, each dish has a song pairing (which is listed on your menu for your later enjoyment). For one dish, you had to play Lis Mejeri’s version of Bingo, finding the ingredients of the dish. (Prizes were awarded to the Lis Mejeri bingo champions.)
The food was fairly simple, but quite tasty – made from seasonal ingredients from local farms. One of the courses was a kale semla, a fun, savory twist on the Swedish classic – this was served with incredibly juicy fried chicken. But our favorite dish of all was the buttery spelt and salted caramel cake, with toasted oat ice cream and marinated strawberries. The dessert was extra delicious with a pole dancing strawberry and exploding confetti on the side. (Spoiler alert!)
All in all, we had a wonderful and completely unique dining experience at Lis Mejeri. Anders described it as “Punk Royale lite” – a more family-friendly version of the other crazy Swedish dining experience.
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