Attention, globetrotting gourmands: the big news on the local dining scene this week is that Stockholm’s celebrated Restaurant Frantzén will open a sister establishment in Hong Kong come mid-November. In case you’re not familiar, allow us to get you acquainted.
Opened in 2009, the restaurant is currently ranked #31 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and is only one of four establishments in Sweden with two Michelin stars. (To put that in perspective, nowhere in Sweden currently hold three Michelin stars.) It’s also temporarily closed as it prepares to reopen at a new location in early 2017, which may explain why chef Björn Frantzén is using this time to open in Hong Kong. Factor in our city’s notorious lack of New Nordic cuisine — despite its popularity in every other global dining capital — and it’s easy to see why this is such a big deal.
The Hong Kong location, which will be located on Upper Station Street in Sheung Wan, is called Frantzén’s Kitchen and will be run by Jïm Löfdahl, most recently head chef at Restaurant Frantzén and also a project manager at Studio Frantzén. According to its website, the newcomer will be ‘a modern Nordic bistro serving medium-sized dishes with Asian influences, all set in a casual and relaxed environment.’
“Opening Frantzén’s Kitchen in Hong Kong is a natural step for us. I have long dreamt of opening a restaurant overseas and Asian cuisine is very close to my heart”, said chef Frantzén in materials posted online. “Hong Kong is one of the world’s most interesting cities for food and it will be a challenge to create a Nordic food experience with local ingredients and influences there.”
This new project is the result of a collaboration with local entrepreneurs Arne and Helen Lindman, who run a design studio and have previously worked on Nosh on Tai Ping Shan Street. At Frantzén’s Kitchen, Scandinavian design has been interwoven with traditional Chinese-style architecture in a heritage building, resulting in a space that can accommodate 36 diners.
We’ll share more details as we learn them, but suffice to say this will undoubtedly be one of fall’s biggest openings, and a gift to any long-suffering Nordic expats hoping for a taste of home.
Frantzén’s Kitchen, 11 Upper Station Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, frantzenkitchen.com
All photos courtesy of Frantzén’s Kitchen’s Instagram.