The White guide and the Michelin guide Nordic cities are the two main guides available.
The White Guide describes itself as the the only authoritative restaurant guide covering the entire Nordic restaurant scene: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Islands and it probably is.
It divides restaurant into categories depending on a score which is marked for food; maximum score of 40 points, beverages; maximum of 40 points, service; maximum of 25 points and setting and atmosphere; maximum of 15 points. Refer to White Guide’s system for assessing restaurants.
International master class
Restaurants where the kitchen achieves outstanding and original cooking. The overall experience is at a very high level. Ranked according to food rating. Minimum of 80 points of which 36 must be for food. There are over 100 current masters with the top 30 considered master class category.
The current top 30 Masters:
1. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
2. Esperanto, Stockholm, Sweden
3. Fäviken Magasinet, Åre, Sweden
4. Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
5. Maaemo, Oslo, Norway
6. Mathias Dahlgren – Matsalen, Stockholm, Sweden
7. Oaxen Krog, Stockholm, Sweden
10. Gastrologik, Stockholm, Sweden
11. Gothia Towers Upper House, Gothenburg, Sweden
12. Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark
13. Operakällaren, Stockholm, Sweden
14. Frederikshøj, Aarhus, Denmark
15. Kong Hans Kælder, Copenhagen, Denmark
17. Ruths Gourmet Restaurant, Skagen, Denmark
18. Søllerød Kro, Holte, Denmark
19. AOC, Copenhagen, Denmark
20.Kadeau, København Copenhagen, Denmark
21. Mielcke & Hurtigkarl, Copenhagen, Denmark
22. Kadeau, Bornholm Åkirkeby, Denmark
23. Amass, Copenhagen, Denmark
24. Marchal, Copenhagen, Denmark
25. Relæ, Copenhagen, Denmark
26. Falsled Kro, Millinge, Denmark
27. Ylajali, Oslo, Norway
28. Hotell Borgholm, Borgholm, Sweden
29. Olo, Helsinki, Finland
30. Restaurang Vollmers, Malmö, Swede
The Michelin guide Nordic cities was published in February 2015.
This is the first year Nordic cities get their own guide, as previously all the Nordic capitals have been included in the Main Cities of Europe Guide. It is a bit limited and has failed to award a single third star to any of the Nordic restaurants. It also is pretty light on with restaurants in Oslo and Helsinki and excludes remote places with worthy and wonderful restaurants like Faviken Magnifest. It has been said that it is little different to The Main cites of Europe guide other than the addition of Malmö and Aarhus.
List of Stars in the Nordic Cities Guide 2015.
Two stars: Maaemo
One star: Statholdergaarden, Ylajali & Fauna
Two stars: Frantzén, Mathias Dahlgren-Matsalen & Oaxen Krog (new)
One star: Ekstedt, Esperanto, Gastrologik, Mathias Dahlgren-Matbaren, Operakällaren & Volt (new)
One star: Thörnströms Kök, 28+, Sjömagasinet, Bhoga, Koka (new), SK Mat & Människor
One star: Ambiance à Vindåkra (new), Bloom in the Park (new), Vollmers (new)
Two stars: Noma, Geranium & a|o|c (new)
One star: Clou, Den Røde Cottage, Era Ora, formel B, Grønbech and Churchill, Kadeau, Kiin Kiin, Kokkeriet, Marchal, Relæ, Søllerød Kro & Studio at the Standard
One star: Frederikshøj (new), Gastromé (NEW) & Substans (new)
One star: Ask, Chef & Sommelier, Demo, Luomo & Olo