Entering into Punk Royale bares a lot of resemblance to a disco in an elementary school in the 90s. It is dark, it is a bit crowded, the 90s music is blasting from the speaker and equally on full blast is the smoke machine. And that sets the tone; a dinner at Punk Royale is unlike any other dining experience in Stockholm. Or unlike is a bit too soft, it is nothing less than totally and utterly incomparable to any other restaurant in town.
it is nothing less than totally and utterly incomparable to any other restaurant in town
When other restaurants try very hard to find alternatives to the traditional fine cuts and expensive produce, Punk Royale does very much the opposite. Foie gras, caviar, oysters and lobster in abundance. They call a dinner here to be completely run over, and it is like being hit by a car. The tempo for the starters is just ridiculous, it goes so fast in-between the dishes that it is hard to remember all the items that passes through your mouth. The gratinated lobster is served straight from a cast iron pan, and the only tensile on the table is a spoon to scoop up whatever you can’t eat with your hands. Seared asparagus, cheese puffs, olives and French omelet ends up on the table in what seems to be a never ending stream of dishes. But it all tastes good. And oh, of course there is no menu. So you have no idea what’s going to end up on the table or how many dishes you will be served.
the only tensile on the table is a spoon to scoop up whatever you can’t eat with your hands
The omelet comes with lumpfish roe, raw potato and fried rutabaga and is prepared in a smoking hot cast iron pan at the table. The smoked mozzarella is served with a mango sauce, a combination that is a hell of a lot better than it sounds. A baked oyster and then a fried blood waffle with eel and trout roe (!). Foie gras with rose hip in smiley faces is served on a plate with plastic bath ducks. The water is served in a plastic watering pot. On each table some games reminiscing the pre-internet playing times are placed, Lego and building blocks etc.
Foie gras with rose hip in smiley faces is served on a plate with plastic bath ducks
Everything about dining here is surreal; you get a scoop of caviar straight on the top of your hand and a shot of ice cold vodka to flush it down. The pallet cleanser, a cold horseradish and bay leaf soup, is served in a plastic syringe to be shot into the mouth. And the truffle, hummer and porcini dish is served from a spoon straight into your mouth by the waiter.
the pallet cleanser is served in a plastic syringe to be shot into the mouth
Some dishes are really interesting, like the cabbage roll with hazelnuts and Norway lobster and the scallop with turnip. And overall the dishes are really good, sometimes lacking that final touch to elevate it to perfection and sometimes a bit too heavy on the salty side – but this is a dining experience that is unparalleled to anything in town. It is fun, it is intense. It is dishes paired with vodka shots, beer, Punch and actually some really good wines. Go here with a couple of friends and have a great time, because that is what it is all about. Good food and good fun.
a night that is very much on the verge of simply being decadent
When you start your dinner, your mobile phone is placed into an old school cashbox, which is locked and given back after dinner. And you are not allowed to take any pictures, so that’s the reason for the lack of pictures in this post. The only one I got is of the omelet in the making. And having read this far you may think that is a lot about the show and the props used, but I can assure you that it is more to a visit to Punk Royale than just some crazy props and a fun time, it is equally about good food as well. And an abundance of luxurious produce, a lot of drinking and all in all a night that is very much on the verge of simply being decadent.