A Nordic culinary tour tinged with Asian cuisine


On the Pass

Björn Frantzén

Let’s talk concept: Frantzén was one of the first global restaurants to create a genuinely immersive setting. Guests arrive in one room and take a tour of the beautiful property before being served seriously futuristic and delicious dishes as they meander their way around the multi-room townhouse.

A word on history: Frantzén began with humble origins as a bijou dining room in Stockholm’s old town, before shutting up shop in 2016 to relocate to larger premises. Set across three storeys of a spruced-up 19th-century building in the Norrmalm district, the restaurant reopened in 2017 and it’s been making steady progress ever since.

Who’s cooking? Björn Frantzén started out as a chef in the Swedish army before working at Chez Nico in London, Arpège in Paris and Stockholm’s Edsbacka Krog. He launched Frantzén Lindeberg in 2008.

On the menu: Frantzén’s food is a unique hybrid of Nordic cuisine that marries classic and modern techniques inspired by local and international tradition with Asian notes. Just one menu is available at lunch and dinner and features the likes of langoustine with Koshihikari rice, mandarin and ginger; monkfish with white asparagus, ikura and salter fennel; or quail “barbecue” with miso, foie gras, vanilla and Kampot pepper. To top off a delectable menu, try the sea buckthorn sorbet with carrot and red curry.

Growing family: Frantzén has a sister restaurant in Singapore, Zén, which made the 51-100 list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2022 and 2023, plus a number of casual restaurants, cocktail and wine bars in Sweden and Hong Kong, as well as the French-leaning Bobergs Matsal in Stockholm. 2022 saw the opening of Villa Frantzén in Bangkok as well as Studio Frantzén in London.