One of Stockholm’s most venerable dining institutions has launched an exclusive — and expensive — dinner party experience that will host soirées 12 times a year for a maximum of eight guests each night.
Leijontornet, a fine-dining restaurant set amid 14th century ruins that’s listed in many a guidebook and travel itinerary, recently launched a dinner program called 12 X 8 which will limit the guest list to eight diners, 12 times throughout the year.
Menus will be six-course affairs that will include aperitifs, mains, coffee, digestifs, and weather permitting, post-meal cigars at a cost of 3750 SEK, or €410, a head.
In a clear jab at subscribers of molecular gastronomy, food at Leijontornet 12 X 8 will stay away from smoke, powder, spheres and liquid nitrogen, the restaurant says, and return to the classics.
At a sneak preview of the dinner hosted last week, chef Mikael Einarsson presented a menu that included petits choux filled with Gruyere, lobster, truffles from Gevrey-Chambertin, Bresse pigeon, sole, foie gras, chanterelles, bleak roe from Kalix, sweetbread and white sturgeon caviar, reports Restaurant magazine’s S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Six dinners are scheduled for March, April and May, and and the other six in September, October and November.
Meanwhile, other Swedish restaurants that have caught the attention of the food industry are Mathias Dahlgren, which focuses on fresh, natural products, and Frantzén/Lindeberg, which Restaurant magazine singled out as the ‘Ones to Watch.’
Within two years, the Stockholm restaurant earned two Michelin stars for its unconventional style: there is no menu and the kitchen cooks ‘free-form’ based on what’s fresh that day.