Eating at restaurants in Sweden can be expensive.Â Very expensive.Â Too many times I have looked at the bill only to start converting in my head to find I paid two or three times what I would have in the US.Â Itâ€™s a horrible habit and one that I have to break.Â At the same time, it helps me to find meals that are worth eating without feeling like Iâ€™ve thrown away money as I convert from kronors to dollars.
Swedish pea soup by VirtualEm
Thatâ€™s what makes dagens lunch (the dayâ€™s lunch) so great as a Swedish budget travel tip.Â Every day, restaurants throughout Sweden offer a set menu for a very reasonable price.Â It’s one of the few opportunities for cheap meals in Sweden.Â It usually includes a salad, bread, a drink, the main course, as well as coffee.Â But itâ€™s Thursdays that stand out.Â Because nearly every Thursday youâ€™ll find pea soup and pancakes on the menu.
It sounds like a horrible combination. And letâ€™s be honest, pea soup is not the most visually appealing thing you can eat.Â Despite the initial reaction of many, pea soup and pancakes on Thursdays is amazing.Â The split pea soup is filled with ham and most people add a dollop of mustard for a little extra kick.Â It is a national staple in Sweden that has been dominating Thursday menus in Sweden for generations.
The pancakes end up being a very filling dessert to follow the already filling pea soup.Â Covered in whipped cream, either fresh berries or a berry jelly, and maybe a little sugar if youâ€™re feeling adventurous, itâ€™s a filling, and delicious, lunch.
Itâ€™s not just restaurants that serve pea soup and pancakes on Thursdays.Â The Swedish military eats it every Thursday.Â Schools serve it.Â Even your average Swedish household will make pea soup and pancakes on Thursday.Â I, due to my complete inability to make a Swedish pancake that is not too thick or too burned, do not eat pea soup and pancakes at home on Thursdays.
Next time youâ€™re looking for a reasonably priced meal on a Thursday in Sweden (and who amongst us doesnâ€™t do that on a regular basis?) be sure to find the nearest dagens lunch deal and order the pea soup with pancakes.Â You wonâ€™t be disappointed.Â You wonâ€™t be hungry for the rest of the day either.
Picture by VirtualErn