During the day, Poche 36 is a light and airy eatery where diners can tuck into tasty, wholesome fare served up by the chefs from the open kitchen and help themselves to the fresh salads on offer from the buffet. Come early evening, however, Poche 36 is the place for tapas and lashings of sweet, strong sangria. Designed by Swedish designer, Richard Lindvall, Poche 36 is just one of the gastronomic concepts found within Usine in Stockholm’s Södermalm district. Sharing the space with the Parisian-inspired Bistro 38, as well as a cafe and takeaway (not to mention an on-site gallery), you could spend a day in Usine and eat your way around the culinary cultures of Europe.
There are small plates galore on the evening tapas menu here. Best to start with a mojito while nibbling on some salty, compellingly-charred padron peppers, a handful of marinated olives, and slices of Serrano ham and fennel-spiked Tuscan salami. Then, once your appetite has been piqued, move on to dishes like crisp potatoes with truffle dip, steak tartare (given an Italian spin with pesto, parmesan and pine nuts), grilled duck livers served with spinach, fig jam and toasts, and scallops with lemon and aioli. There’s an imaginatively wide range on offer at Poche 36, and all happily matched with cocktails, beer and sangria, so what starts off as just drinks and nibbles with friends, more often than not spills into long, leisurely evenings of great food, drinks, and conversation.