We celebrated Valentine’s Day early at Operakällaren, a one star Michelin restaurant in Stockholm’s center. Operakällaren is the city’s oldest restaurant, dating back to 1787 when the restaurant was situated under Gustav III’s opera house. Operakällaren is still linked with the royal family – Stefano Catenacci, the Chef de Cuisines, is responsible for all catering to the Royal Castle. We loved our meal and enjoyed the whole experience – delicious food and a great wait staff! Koen and I were also surprised that Stefano Catenacci came to our table personally to press our duck and even let me try! He also mentioned I’m the first guest to ask!
The Michelin guide describes Operakällaren:
“Sweden’s most opulent restaurant sits within the historic Opera House, and the stunning, high-ceilinged room boasts original gilt panelling decorated with frescoes and carvings. Carefully constructed dishes are underpinned by classic techniques. The wine list boasts extensive vintages of the world’s great wines”
We were very lucky to be able to reserve on a Tuesday so we could have the Menu Caneton. After seeing Duck à la presse on a TV show, Koen and I have been dying to find a restaurant that serves pressed duck. We even went so far as to look into buying our own, but quickly changed our minds when we saw the 3000 euro price tag! And oh my god…it did not disappoint!
“Operakällarens Main Dining Room has a long tradition of serving pressed duck and on every Tuesdays Operakällaren offers a special 4-course menu with french duck from the press which our executive chef Stefano Catenacci prepares for you in the dining room. Please note that the menu is only served a limited number per evening.”