PM & Friends (PM & Vänner) ranks among Sweden’s top ten restaurants, according to the country’s leading authority on dining, the White Guide.
Restaurant PM & Vänner’s culinary philosophy is based on three cornerstones: forest, lake and meadow. The raw produce is transformed by the modern Småland kitchen with international perspectives.
In 2012, the company acquired a large 1960’s office block in which PM & Vänner was located, and commissioned Lindvall A & D to create a concept and to design the interior, as well as a number of unique pieces of furniture for Sweden’s first gastro hotel, which opened in April 2014.
The hotel offers its guests a grand hotel experience. PM & Friends Restaurant is named one of the Nordic region’s best restaurants and has one of the world’s 300 best wine cellars and wine lists according to the prestigious guide World of Fine Wine .
In February 2016, PM & Vänner Hotel was awarded three red houses and its restaurant one Michelin star by the Michelin Nordic Guide. PM & Vänner is among the first establishments in the Småland region to enter the famed guide.
The creativity at PM & Vänner is enormous and the fine dining dishes are like small works of art. You can find wood sorrel in little parcels or delicate, baked spades to eat with. The tasting menu is the flagship, but it’s not all about fine dining.
The hotel is an experience in itself. For example, limestone from the neighboring island of Öland was used in the bathrooms, reception and bar, representing not only the foundation of the hotel, but also the topography of the region. Oiled oak floors made of wood from Småland adhere to the simple palette, creating a neutral backdrop to design classics such as Carl Malmsten chairs. The façade was also painted white, to reflect its minimal interior.
A main entrance, double-height master suite, smaller suites and a rooftop bar and pool area were added to the existing architecture. The cube-like suites are slotted in between the row of buildings, and jut out from the façade. Each has a unique layout. The 160 m2 rooftop bar was built on top of the existing flat roof. It has a glazed façade on three sides, constructed from 4.1-metre-high by 16-metre-wide motorized sliding glass panels. The roof also contains an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, and two separate terraces, one of which is used as an outdoor dining area.
The hotel is a perfect place for those who want to mingle with “the locals” as the rooftop bar has become a watering hole for both hotel guests and Växjö residents.
Sweden’s First Gastro-Hotel, compiled by Admin