Pava Gruppen: Californian flavours in the centre of Stockholm
By Alejandra Cerda Ojensa | Photos: Pava Gruppen
In the very city centre of Stockholm, you’ll find a piece of California. The beautiful Art Deco restaurant Pava Gruppen is a small family business rooted in the mixed cultures of Californian cuisine.
“American food is so much more than we typically see, and we wanted to bring the flavours and the dishes that we grew up with in California to Sweden,” says Christopher Sander, CEO and part owner.
Pava only opened last year and is already a popular spot for large groups. The concept is simple: sharing is caring! With mid-sized dishes, everyone gets to find their own favourite. The restaurant is perfect for anyone looking for a great start to a fun night out with friends, with DJs playing a couple of times a week.
“We have had a jazz band play, and we’re soon expanding our music concept to include different genres. We want to be a vibrant spot with lots of laughter and good locally produced food,” Sander continues.
South Cali fresh
The menu changes four times a year with the seasons, and they value fresh, organic, locally sourced and traceable ingredients. “We put emphasis on working with good ingredients that are in season to create dishes that are packed with flavour and feel very fresh, just like the food we loved growing up in southern California,” Sander explains.
Pava Gruppen’s name is from the slang word for bottle in Swedish ‘pava’, and the two brothers who run the restaurant previously worked in wine importation in Sweden. After having worked together hosting wine tastings and exclusive catering events for businesses, they seized the moment to launch Pava as the pandemic was coming to an end.
There are big plans in the pipeline: “we want to continue being a place for friends and colleagues to enjoy our concept, and hopefully, we’ll open a new place in the near future,” Sander ends.
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