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Sweden’s Most Celebrated Restaurant Has Reopened With a Brand-New Look and Location

Frantzén is now open after a year-long closure

Photo by Martin Botvidsson / Stefan vdKG

“The old Frantzén times 10” is how chef Björn Frantzén describes the new iteration of his eponymous two-Michelin-starred restaurant, officially open last week. And it’s not just because this Frantzén, located in a renovated 19th-century Stockholm building, is around six times bigger than the original, which closed last year to retool.

Now, just 23 guests per night — the same number as at the original location — will return to Frantzén to enjoy a new $375 tasting menu in a spacious setting that includes an attic lounge and a terrace. “It’s like going from a shoebox to a spaceship,” the chef says of the move to the three-story space. “The main goal was to be able to cook better food, which we can in this kitchen, and offer guests a more total experience.”

Photo by Martin Botvidsson / Stefan vdKG

Frantzén and chef Daniel Lindeberg opened the first incarnation of the internationally renowned Swedish fine-dining restaurant in 2008. Then known as Frantzén/Lindeberg, it was located in Stockholm’s old city, Gamla Stan. In 2013, Lindeberg left the restaurant and it became Restaurant Frantzén. Before closing last year, the restaurant racked up numerous honors, including Michelin stars and rankings on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List.

Frantzén spent the past year perfecting dishes for the new restaurant in his test kitchen. “You can refine things on a completely different level,” the chef says, and without the stress of getting ready for service, “you can start questioning yourself. It’s a luxury to be able to do that.”

As Eater reported earlier this summer, at the new Frantzén, the chef will employ techniques that weren’t possible in the old, smaller space, like open-fire cooking. But new dishes like a dessert of white strawberries with Szechuan peppers and balsamic ice cream and turbot with house-made caviar and fermented white asparagus juice are in keeping with Frantzén’s previous focus on Scandinavian cuisine with Japanese-influences.

Photo by Martin Botvidsson / Stefan vdKG

Frantzén and chef Daniel Lindeberg opened the first incarnation of the internationally renowned Swedish fine-dining restaurant in 2008. Then known as Frantzén/Lindeberg, it was located in Stockholm’s old city, Gamla Stan. In 2013, Lindeberg left the restaurant and it became Restaurant Frantzén. Before closing last year, the restaurant racked up numerous honors, including Michelin stars and rankings on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List.

The new version of the renowned tasting-menu restaurant just a mile away from the original will have “the same energy,” but Frantzén is looking forward to all of the changes: “It’s everything from the doorbell on the door, to the elevator that's just for the restaurant with the music and the light changing as you go up to the rooftop terrace, to the Japanese toilets to the open-fire kitchen,” he says. “There’s so many party tricks going on. It’s madness.”

Take a look at a few of the new dishes below:

Restaurant Frantén [Official]
Björn Frantzén’s Restaurant Frantzén Will Reopen This Summer [E]

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