Haute Dining at The Cube by Electrolux, Stockholm

A sleek, modern dining room and kitchen set atop a world-famous landmark featuring a custom menu created by a top local chef. Such is the concept behind The Cube by Electrolux, a traveling pop-up restaurant currently perched on the roof of Stockholm's opera house. With just two seatings per day and a single table set for twenty guests, The Cube marries haute cuisine, design and ambience for an unforgettable and intimate dining experience.

Beginning with champagne and appetizers on the patio, we had a chance to mingle with our fellow diners while admiring the city from up high. The host made a quick introduction to The Cube, and then we went inside to be seated for our three-course lunch. It felt a bit strange at first dining with strangers, but thanks to the generous wine pairings it was only a matter of time before conversations flowed freely. (That, and Swedes seem to be quite friendly).

First up we had spider crab from Wales with pickled melon and melon sorbet paired with a riesling. Then, for the main course, chicken with licorice sauce, white onion and lime, served with shiraz. Dessert was a refreshing English pea and mint tart on a chocolate shell with coconut sorbet and second glass of champagne. And finally, in true French style (our chef originally hails from Lyon), lunch was followed by coffee, tea and mini Madeleines.

While it's too bad that the weather wasn't more cooperative, the food, company and scenery were more than enough to compensate. So if The Cube is ever in a city near you (the host hinted America might be next), take the splurge and make a reservation; you won't regret it.