This must be one of the absolutely most beautiful dining rooms in Stockholm. Located in the royal opera house, just by the water on Stömgatan overlooking the Royal castle, Brasseriet offers some quite ambitious french inspired modern Nordic dishes.
Upon entering the restaurant, the first thing that strikes you is the absolutely amazing dining area. You truly feel that this is a part of the Royal Opera House. The heritage from when the opera house was built is striking and well preserved in the extensive renovation that Brasseriet has gone through, golden pillars and just an amazing ceiling and a large golden mirror behind the bar are just perfectly encapsulates the dining area and the essence of the Royal Opera House. The service can feel a bit stiff at times, almost as they are daunted by the historic venue – but i guess that it will loosen up a bit as times goes on.
just perfectly encapsulates the dining area and the essence of the Royal Opera House
Brasseriet opened its doors in May 2015, and the food is served in mid-size dishes, so you need two or three to get a complete meal. Given the first paragraph, you might easily come to the conclusion that this is an expensive place – but on the contrary it is actually quite reasonably priced. The dishes range from about SEK125-200, and they also have a menu with three courses for SEK375. And given the quality of the food, it is not bad at all.
The food is quite ambitious, and could be characterized as a french inspired Nordic cuisine (even though you will also find Iberio ham and items like that on the menu). But otherwise, expect to find an emphasis on fish and seafood like walleye, turbot and scallops mixed with dishes based on beetroots, chanterelles or whatever is in season. There a of course some meat dishes as well like lamb entrecôte and sweetbread, and a general note is that the dishes are much more ambitious than you are led to believe when reading the menu. The presentation is really nice, and the execution is both classic and just that tad bit creative that is needed to elevate the good and classic produce.
the execution is both classic and just that tad bit creative that is needed
The owner of Brasseriet is Operarestauangerna, formed by some of the restauranteurs who also own Grodan on Grev Turegatan, and it is part of a new venture in modernizing the Opera and making it more available to the public, and not just the visitors to the opera. I really like that idea, since both the location and the venue deserves so much more. And head chef Marcus Sjösten (Moderna Museet, Hierta) and souschef Gustaf Sangfroidsson (Ekstedt, Hierta) have really delivered. I think that this place is great for a more luxurious (at least setting) evening to put a silver lining on your everyday life.