Acclaimed Swedish chef Björn Frantzén has opened his first restaurant in London – Studio Frantzén – on the top floor of Harrods. The iconic department store already hosts an array of gourmet eateries from the planet’s top culinary talents including Tom Kerridge, Gordon Ramsay and Vineet Bhatia. Now, Frantzén is stepping up to the plate to dazzle diners with his celebrated Nordic cuisine.
The talented chef already runs two three-Michelin-star restaurants; Frantzén in Stockholm, which became the first eatery in Sweden to receive the coveted three-star accolade in 2018, and Zen in Singapore, which also scooped three stars just three years after opening.
With this impressive history, it’s little wonder Harrods was keen to host Frantzén’s London restaurant debut. If you’re lucky enough to have dined at either of his fine dining establishments, you can expect Frantzén’s much-loved signature style of cooking in a seriously exclusive setting.
“I’m so excited to be back in London in a dynamic space at the top of Harrods, where we’ll be serving a fresh combination of Nordic and Asian ingredients – with a touch of French cuisine,” the chef explained.
And while you won’t find any lengthy tasting menus here (the eponymous chef opted for a casual a la carte menu), the new eatery will follow in the footsteps of Frantzén’s open-flame kitchen in Stockholm, serving dishes straight ‘from the fireplace’.
Standout dishes include the grilled porterhouse steak with pine-scented bone marrow and oxtail ponzu; blistered lobster drizzled in a curry and brown butter hollandaise with mirin infused pomegranate, dried cloud berries, ginger and coriander butter; and baby monkfish with a ragu of grilled razor clams, kohlrabi, coriander stems and ikura in a fermented cabbage butter sauce with citrus leaf oil.
There’s also a wonderful selection of vibrant veg-focused sides (the deep-fried Hasselback potato with whipped brown butter are not to be missed) and an array of creative Japanese-inspired desserts including a delicate yuzu sorbet with fennel marmalade, pomelo, sancho pepper meringue and fennel pollen.
The restaurant itself boasts over 150 seats and a stylish rooftop terrace with killer views of London’s skyline. Inside, the moodily-lit dining room is dotted with intimate booths from which guests can watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen. If Frantzén’s track record is anything to go by, Studio Frantzén looks set to become one of the hottest dining spots in the city.