In its lifetime, the building that now houses the concept restaurant Usine – and within it the chic Bistro 38 – has been a sausage factory and the home of the Swedish Tax Agency. Today, with the help of Swedish interior designer Richard Lindvall, it’s safe to say that this 2,000 square metre industrial space has reached its full, and super stylish, potential. Exposed piping, metal, and concrete (48 tonnes of it, to be precise) abounds throughout the largely open-plan space that contains Bistro 38, Poche 36 Tapas, a café and take away where Swedes on the go can grab a well-brewed cup of joe. But, thanks to the high-ceilings, massive windows and monochromatic colour scheme, the effect is clean and, surprisingly, warm.
Bistro 38 serves modern French cuisine, with the odd international dish (we’re looking at you, mushroom and pine nut cannelloni) for lunch and dinner throughout the week. Although the menu regularly changes, especially for lunch, diners can expect a tempting assortment of light bites and bar snacks – best enjoyed while sampling one of many expertly mixed cocktails or a glass of perfectly chilled white wine from the extensive drinks list – as well as heftier mains. The moules frites, served in a white wine sauce with crisp, golden French fries and a helping of truffle mayonnaise, are a particular highlight, with the steak tartare and the duck confit running a close second.