Frantzén - Where Chefs Eat in Stockholm when they hanker for something fresh from the garden (make that two gardens)
Find out why Tom Aikens calls Frantzén a 'Super gastro experience' in our new global restaurant guide
Stockholm is one of our favourite cities to visit so when we noticed the 'Worth The Travel' section of recommendations in our phenomenally successful global restaurant guide Where Chefs Eat we instantly turned to that section. There were a good few places that sounded fantastic but chef Tom Aikens's description of Frantzén, in the city’s picturesque Old Town, was one that really caught our eye.
“Super gastro experience. Not sure how long it will be before he (founder chef Björn Frantzén) gets three stars but won’t be long. He has twenty-odd covers, which is a chef’s dream to cook for - open kitchen right in front of your guests. It runs like clockwork and the staff are all super pleasant and very well trained in the whole experience.”
Coming from Tom, a man who doesn't waste his words, that's some recommendation. This rapidly rising Stockholm star opened in 2008. It was established as Frantzén/Lindeberg, a partnership between chef Björn Frantzén and pastry chef Daniel Lindeberg, before the latter left in 2013 to pursue his dream of opening a small bakery. Raw materials are mined from the restaurant’s two gardens and from a list of trusted local producers, farmers, and growers. Menus are made up of whatever they have in each day and presented in a series of bite-sized courses. Where Chefs Eat urges you to "Try and book a berth at one of the four front-row counter seats that overlook the action at the kitchen’s pass."
Frantzén is just one of a staggering 7043 recommendations in the latest edition of Where Chefs Eat. While the colour of the cover has changed over the years, (the new one is a rather fetching radish colour), the idea behind the guide is exactly the same as it was when we published the very first edition back in 2012.
The premise is that the modern chef is a fantastic source of guaranteed good meal recommendations, from humble holes-in-the-wall - to the most luxurious places around - and every dining experience inbetween the two.
For this third edition, we sat 653 chefs down and asked them what they liked to eat where in the world - a huge undertaking that has resulted in those 7043 recommendations - a third more than in any previous guide.
So whether it’s just a late-night snack from a burger bar or an elaborate once-in-a-lifetime tasting menu experience with palette-pleasing, bank-balance-battering wines to match each course, you’ll find it in Where Chefs Eat.
570 destinations. 70 countries. Across six continents. It's no boast to say that this edition has the most wide-ranging and eclectic set of listings we’ve ever come up with.
We’re only focusing on one restaurant per city in our Phaidon.com series but the book contains countless recommendations in each city around the world. We’ve also launched an app for this third edition which features all the places in the book in an on the go format for when you’re out and about. Head into the store and snap up your guide to great eating now. And if you pre-order here you'll get the app free - but for a limited time only.