Alta is a new Scandinavian restaurant on Melrose from Christer Larsson, the former Aquavit chef in NYC.
Sill & Gubbröra (Herring) - matjes herring fillet, sour cream, chives, egg salad with anchovy, toasted Danish rye
Briny with a subtle sweetness, it’s on the salty side definitely need to eat this with the bread.
Gravlax - marinated wild salmon, coarse mustard sauce, dill, toasted brioche
The salmon was mild, but went well with the honey-mustard sauce and dill.
pilgrimsmusslor - wood-grilled sea scallops, horseradish butter, celeriac puree
Highlight of the night.
fiskgryta - seafood casserole with mussels, halibut, salmon, shrimp, fennel, saffron broth, tomato-garlic toast
Each piece of seafood was perfectly cooked, but the broth was pretty light and mild I didn’t taste much saffron.
Stopped in here for brunch last weekend. This place is a really nice addition to LA dining.
The Swedish meatballs, in particular, are awesome if you long for versions with lingonberry jam and cucumbers. Their dinner version is no longer the version with plum and parsnip that seems to be lingering on their menu, but is the brunch version with veal, mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, lingonberry jam, and thinly sliced cucumbers. Really quite classic, rustic, and utterly delicious.
Their cinnamon bread at brunch may also be worth going for by itself. Sort of like unfrosted cinnamon rolls, but not lacking in anything for that. A wonderfully crisp crust with moist, savory, cinnamon-infused bread inside.
Their plate of liver, egg salad, gravlax, and herring with cream, served with really intensely grain-y housemade smorbrod is also excellent.
Their skagen may lean a touch light, but it comes with spectacular housemade brioche (I think?) that is crispy, but sweet and airy at the same time.
Their beef and root hash with eggs is also a simple, comfort food type of dish that is easy to enjoy.
Pretty nice ligonberry sangria, too, if you’re into that kind of thing.
I’m pretty addicted to all of their toasts, the Skagen and the pate ones in particular. I’ve probably been to Alta at least 6 times since they opened, and the thing that keeps me going back is their toasts.