July 25, 2017

Restaurant Strömterrassen

The Royal Opera with Strömterrassen on the right.
This week I had relatives visiting me and for our last lunch, before they left, I decided we should try Strömterrassen. With its beautiful views over the Royal Palace and Parliament building, it was the perfect place to impress visiting family. Strömterrassen is located on the second floor of the Royal Opera House (Kungliga Operan) and is part of a trio of restaurants located in the building, the other two being Guldterrassen and Brasseriet. You can read about my earlier visit to Brasseriet by clicking here.
View of the Parliament building from the terrace
The name of the restaurant means "stream terrace" and refers to the water running between Gamla Stan and the city, called Strömmen, just below the restaurant. Here you can eat lunch/dinner or have a drink and enjoy the views. Some of Stockholm's most iconic buildings can be seen from the terrace! The terrace is all outdoors, but this can be quite hot on nice summer days so, thankfully, they have awnings and parasols if you want shade (as we did).
Smoked shrimp, padrones ands aioli.
The menu consists mainly of Swedish and international favorites. My family had the fish and chips, Toast Skagen (the unofficial Swedish national dish) and a smoked salmon salad. I opted for two appetizers... the smoked shrimp with aioli and padrones (small, fried Spanish peppers). It did miss having a lunch special or two, but it was all very good and I suppose you are paying for the view as well.

A large Toast Skagen
Of special note: it is almost impossible to book a table outside at a restaurant in Stockholm. This is due to both popularity and the fickle nature of weather. For example, if a restaurant is busy and all of their tables inside and outside are booked... you can imagine the chaos a summer shower would cause. That being said, Strömterrassen is one of the few restaurants in Stockholm where you can actually book a table outdoors! The fact that there are two other restaurants in the same building (same owner) solves the above mentioned weather problem. If you are staying at the Rival Hotel, contact me directly for any help in making a reservation.
The Royal Palace, Cathedral and Strömmen

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A small Toast Skagen and Fish 'n Chips.
The bar with awnings providing some shade.

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