Where to Eat What in Österlen
Österlen has been a favourite vacation destination since the gentry decided it needed some R&R back in the 1800s. The rest of us mere mortals soon followed. The Österlen region in which we are fortunate to live has since become home to quite a few good restaurants and other eateries. Many of the local restaurants are open year-round and some only during the busy summer season. The common denominator is local access to a plentiful supply of local produce, meat and fish.
In this list, we have compiled a shortlist of our five favourite restaurants or destinations for eating and drinking. We will try and keep it updated as time passes and new culinary discoveries are made.
Literally translating to ‘the pasta factory’, this small restaurant’s menu centres around pasta dishes with added locally produced ingredients. You’ll find the place off the main thoroughfare in the village of Ingelstorp, about a 20-minute drive from TypeO Loft. Although portions are on the small side at Pastafabriken in Ingelstortp, they are delicious and so is the house sourdough bread accompanying each dish. The Penne with Nduja and fresh herbs is a must if you’re into something with a little heat.
The restaurant gets busy in the summer and regulars congregate along with holiday-makers and the ambience is lively in this garage cum dance hall cum restaurant. The spacious patio faces due south and overlooks the in-house vegetable and herb garden.
Restaurang Ager is located at Östangård farm, not even five minutes by car from the old fishing village of Skillinge, right in the middle of some of the most fertile soils in northern Europe. The menu is based on what is seasonally available from the local area and prepared by renowned chef Henrik Norén with a past at restaurants in New York and Stockholm.
As often the case in this region, the surroundings are eyewatering-ly pretty and adds to the experience. While the food is high-brow, the vibe is laid back, summery and relaxed. We are so glad to hear that Ager is open again for the 2021 season!
With its location in the midst of picturesque rolling hills and a stone’s throw from the beach in the small town of Brösarp, Talldungen serves up honest and straightforward food made from locally sourced ingredients.
We love the friendly atmosphere, attentive and personal crew, the extensive wine list, which incidentally consists of mainly natural wines, and of course, the food which is cooked heavily influenced by Mediterranean cuisine. The quirky interior adds to the feeling of being in an eccentric relative’s spacious summer home, and if you can bring your imagination past the often cool breeze, (blankets are at hand) there is a certain Mediterranean flair to be felt if dining al fresco in the walled court yard.
Österlen is the home of many excellent restaurants where the meals are hearty and the ambience is relaxed – much like the pace of life here. Villa Strandvägen is one of the few places that will provide a full fine dining experience, when, or if we feel like having more of an occasion or want to impress the in-laws.
Villa Strandvägen restaurant is located literally a stone’s throw from the white sandy beaches of Ystad, in a Belle Epoque mansion. It is consistently highly ranked as a restaurant and as a small boutique hotel.
Well aware of not mocking the hipsters, we appreciate the smoked sausages and big burgers prepped from meat and produce sourced ”within cycling distance”, by the bearded and sleeve tattooed owners of this beach shack, located at Löderups Strandbad.
We try to time our visits for late dinner when the crowds are gone and we can enjoy one, two or many of the dishes and one, two or many of Strandkompaniet’s own beer Löderups Lager. If live music is not your thing, check their website or call, as someone is playing several (but not all) days a week during high season.