A few years ago a tiny restaurant called Mistral opened on a sleepy street in the Old Town. It was an immediate success, earning both a Michelin star and a three-month waiting list. Then Mistral’s owners decided they wanted a change. Björn Frantzén and Daniel Lindeberg took over and launched their own restaurant that continues the tradition of excellence. Daniel Lindeberg then left, now just leaving Björn Frantzén in charge.
Restaurant Frantzén offers just a 12-course tasting menu for 2,100 SEK. The menu follows the Scandinavian trend of locally-sourced, naturally-foraged food – 95% of the ingredients are from Sweden, with many coming from the restaurant’s own farm. It’s part of the Noma school of cooking, which has seen it propelled up the World’s Fifty Best Restaurant list to number 12 in 2013.
The elegant simplicity of the food is mirrored in the stark Swedish design ethic of the restaurant. At Restaurant Frantzén the emphasis and attention has to be purely on the purity of the food.