Savor Sweden at Waxin’s Restaurant & Bar

The new Palm Beach Gardens restaurant is serving Swedish-inspired cuisine and changing perceptions one beautifully plated dish at a time

Waxin's Strawberry Puff Dessert, PC Malin Sandström
Strawberry puff dessert
Photo by Malin Sandström

If your only point of reference for Swedish food is an Ikea meatball, then prepare to send your taste buds on a culinary journey, because Waxin’s Restaurant & Bar in Palm Beach Gardens is disarming that perception one beautifully plated dish at a time. “Sweden is without a doubt one of the top three culinary countries in the world,” says co-founder Patrik Waxin, who moved to Florida from Sweden nine years ago with his wife and fellow founder, Tessie, and their three children.

In addition to serving Swedish-inspired takes on American and global classics, Waxin’s aims to educate guests on the principles of Swedish cuisine. Menu highlights include Toast Skagen (hand-peeled ice ocean shrimp on buttered fried toast) and meatballs with the traditional fixings: demi cream sauce, pickled cucumber, lingonberries, and potato purée.

Waxin's Patio, PC Malin Sandström
The restaurant’s patio dining space.
Photo by Malin Sandström

There’s also Wallenbergare, a double-ground veal steak that Patrik Waxin refers to as a “luxury meatball.” Desserts like the strawberry puff (similar to a pâte à choux or profiterole with strawberries and dill) provide a sweeter taste of Scandinavia.

Waxin’s offers numerous indoor eating areas across its 3,800-square-foot space, as well as a lush garden patio that is ideal for social distancing. As of press time, it is open for dinner six nights a week (excluding Monday), with plans to begin brunch and lunch service soon. 

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