The Swedish capital’s most famous culinary son invites you to an Asian-tinged house party


On the Pass

Björn Frantzén

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

A word on history: Frantzén began with humble origins as a bijou dining room in Stockholm’s old town, before shuttering 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 impressive progress ever since.

Who’s cooking? Björn Frantzén is a former professional footballer who 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 co-founded original iteration 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 tradition with Asian notes. Just one menu is available at lunch and dinner, which might feature the likes of scallop, sea urchin, cucumber, coriander and buttermilk; blue lobster, artichoke, lardo, citrus leaves oil and myoga; quail barbecued with green peas, maitake and Japanese mustard; finishing with melon sorbet, champagne and olive oil.

Asian family: Frantzén has sister restaurant Zén in Singapore, plus a number of casual restaurants, cocktail and wine bars in Sweden and Hong Kong and French-leaning Bobergs Matsal also in Stockholm.