Inside Sweden's First Three-Star Michelin Restaurant
Frantzén's Japanese-influenced Scandinavian cuisine makes it just the third Nordic restaurant to receive the honor.
As the home of acclaimed restaurants that include Denmark's Noma and Norway's Maaemo, it might come as a surprise to learn that throughout the entire Nordic region, only two restaurants currently hold the prestigious Michelin three-star rating—and the just-reopened Noma isn't even among them). Or, that was the case until Monday, when the Michelin Guide Nordic Countries 2018 bestowed the first three-star rating on Frantzén, the Stockholm, Sweden-located restaurant headed by chef Björn Frantzén.
Frantzén joins Maeemo and Copenhagen's Geranium as one of just three three-starred restaurants in the region, which is made up of Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden. And it's the restaurant's take on Scandinavian cuisine, which features Japanese influences, that made it Sweden's first Michelin three star winner.
The 23-seat restaurant offers a tasting menu that runs 3000 SEK (about $370), with signature dishes including Satio Tempestas (bitter and pickled greens, crunchy fish scales, warm infusion, whipped butter milk with mortar herbs), Crudo (scallop with acidulated turnip, horseradish, lime, ginger oil, and roe) and a dessert correctly called The Cube (fermented garlic and lemon peel, arctic bramble, green apple, chamomile, lemon verbena, black tea, burnt chestnut honey, brown cheese, konbu and liquorice).
It's an honor long in the making for the restaurant, whose first incarnation was as Frantzén/Lindeberg, which Frantzén co-founded with chef Daniel Lindeberg in 2008. Lindberg left in 2013, making it Restaurant Frantzén, which won two Michelin stars before closing for a year to move to a larger location that opened in 2016.
And while the amount of seating stayed the same, the new spot's larger, open-fire kitchen seems to have helped the restaurant reach the next level (to say nothing of its automated, Japanese toilets). Which, if Team Frantzén's celebration is any indication, was worth the year it took.