Fabulous Frantzén/Lindeberg


Frantzén/Lindeberg is a small and delicate restaurant in Gamla Stan, the old town, of Stockholm. It opened as a molecular hotspot in the rooms left by Mistral as it moved south of Stockholm centre in 2008, but has since then moved away from the strict molecular cuisine.

In 2012 it’s rated Sweden’s best restaurant in White Guide, 20th best in the world by San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants and awarded 2 stars in the Michelin guide. Oh yes, my expectations were very high indeed.

Originally I wanted to go when I was in Stockholm back in 2009, but I couldn’t get a reservation. So, when Björn wrote me back in June that he could not believe I hadn’t been to his restaurant yet, my visit was long overdue. I immediately wrote back and secured 2 seats at the new kitchen counter for Saturday evening on August 25th 2012. That’s direct marketing for you ;-).

After two days in incredibly beautiful Stockholm, we arrived at 8 PM and were seated next to two judges of Masterchef Ireland (that were filming that night) and greeted Björn from across the counter. It was almost as entering the theatre, seated in the front row, waiting for the show to commence. The chefs were readying their boxes, lining up their knifes and tongs, checking com with the staff in the second kitchen in the back (all chefs wearing CIA-style collar mics and earpieces). To the left, the camera man from Irish television was allowed half a square meter of movement so not to interfere with the cooking and preparing. From the beginning it was quite clear, that Chef Frantzén does not allow for any hitch.

Now, if the kitchen wasn’t up to it, or if the food had turned out to be anything less than amazing, a build-up like this would have been almost too much, almost pretentious. But trust me, the kitchen is up to it, and the food is truly mind-blowing. Not one dish fell through, and the sincerity and relentless-ness of Frantzén, Lindeberg as they and their staff executed that evening’s script makes it totally clear, that this is for real, and that no-one or nothing will stand between them and total perfection. Not even the cameraman, who once tried to leave his allotted space and was send back immediately. Still, the atmosphere at Frantzén/Lindeberg is casual in that very cool, Swedish way: Serious and professional, but relaxed.

Live langoustines – au lit-de-parade

In fact, sitting there at the counter, watching the show unfold right before my eyes was one of the most exclusive dining experiences I’ve ever had. Björn Frantzén (and later in the evening as the savory dishes were replaced by the desserts, Daniel Lindeberg) talked us through all the dishes, explaining about the produce, the preparing and how they constantly aim for even more focus, more taste and more purity in their cooking. Between almost every dish, meat or fish for dishes to come were presented. The langoustines were alive and kicking 15 minutes before we ate them and were presented to us for a final fare-well on their way to meet a sharp, Japanese knife. My bread rose in a box right in front of me, before it was put in the oven, and even the tender lamb meat greeted a large burner (held in an angle to Japanese charcoal) a few minutes before it was made into tartar. In that way, my appetite and couriosity for the next dishes were kept up. In fact, this was one of the most coherent meals I’ve ever had and full of all the luxury products I love.

Frantzén/Lindeberg is a must-go for any food loving individual traveling in Scandinavia.

The appetizers of
Blood & liver with cherries, violet & pistachio
Brioche of spelt flour with chicken skin & roasted garlic
Pig’s head on pork rind with vendance roe (Persson brothers)
The bullock Annei (47,5 months old) on crispy lichens
“Vichyssoise” with truffle from Tasmania
Carrot with liver from the bird served for main course

 

They were incredibly delicious and felt almost like an entire menu because of their complexity, product range and the deliciousness of it.

Appetizers – up close

To better focus on the food we drank a bottle of Raveneau’s Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux and with the turbot we got a glass of a Gevrey-Chambertin.

Turbot presentation

Cleanser of …

Ice tea made from 32 kinds of tomatoes

The dough is rising…

Oyster “62c” with Simmental cream, juniper & frozen rhubarb

Raw langoustine (Ingmar J) with pork fat, celery & essence of apple

Caviare ready for our next course

Bone marrow with smoked parsley & smetana & osteria caviare

This serving was a genius. The bone marrow melted on my tongue and its delicate flavour was enhanced by the salty, delicious caviare. For once it was nice that the morrow was not smoked. The smokiness was added with the parsley/smetana cream.

Björn Franzén searing the tartare for our next course

The first autumn lamb’s (Berga farm) with cumin, lavendar & aubergine

A beautiful, roasted chicken

The list of ingredients of the Satio Tempestas

Satio Tempestas

Björn Franzén churning butter

Butter

Bread

The bread had a great burnt crust and a delicious and soft texture. It was very light and reminded me of pizza crust.

Scallop (hitra) with the first egg the hen ever lays, scallop “dashi”

…with black truffle from Tasmania

Really pure and delicious tastes.

Tasmanian Tuber Melanosporum Vitt

My goodness the quality of the truffle was magnificent.

Scallop dashi to drink

Veal sweetbreads & burnt bechamel & grilled matsutake (Pitea)

Cleanser of frozen spruce & lemongrass

Whole grilled turbot (7,1kg) with sweet onions & idiazabal. Peas from the garden in seaweed.

Our next course in preparation

Salad with rôti roasted chicken (81-100 days)

On to the desserts…

…and Daniel Lindeberg takes over control

Crème anglaise flavoured with shrubby basil and lavender. 10 different tomatoes, strawberries and wild raspberries from J. Andersson

Pancakes made from bark & stone-grounded flour with Jersey ice cream flavoured with birch. Whipped mousse of moss with blueberries & wild thyme & maple syrup from Biaxsta

Red gooseberry sorbet with pudding made of goat’s cream from Vilhelmdals dairy. Endives pickled in elderflower with sorrel & red oxalis & dried gooseberries

Then followed the epilogue – a selection of mignardises:

Dried pig’s blood with cream of pigs blood. Mulberries & bitter chocolate

Fermented garlic

Fondant glazed apricot and girolles biscuit. Garnished with powder of toasted rapeseed oil, toasted cacao nips and pan-fried girolles

“Fruit du jour” – plums

Fresh hazelnuts & salted hazelnut caramels made with honey from Mörkö

Cauliflower macaron with hay ash. Filled with roasted white chocolate and toasted hay. Sea buckthorn macaron with Oolong tea and oyster leaves from the garden

Björn, Daniel and the whole team: Thank you for a wonderful experience!

13 Responses to “Fabulous Frantzén/Lindeberg”


  • I saw the posting at here, and i visited there.
    It was so good!
    Thank you Trine!

  • Damien and Ciaran,
    Thanks so much for your comments! I tried but it’s not possible to see the episode from Denmark unfortunately.

    Trine

  • The cameraman didn’t edit you out of Masterchef Ireland…..
    You may not be able to access the recording but you can try by going to the RTE.ie website, clicking on RTE Player and entering Masterchef in the search box. “Your” programme aired on Wednesday December 12th.

  • I can’t believe it I am sitting here in Ireland watching
    The master chef show you are referring too as I was
    Watching show and went online to check out the restaurant
    as looked very impressive and came across your blog. Your
    Photos are great.

  • That is more art than food. Looks amazing

  • Mikkel Gastropassion, Thank you very much. Indeed it was entertaining with the products demonstrations.

    Mikael, The menu comes at 2100 SEK, including wine pairings it is 3700,- SEK.

    Starfood Scout, Thanks a lot!

    Zwampen, Lucky, lucky you! :-) My next stop is Steirereck in Vienna, have you been there?

    Sven (The Belgian taste Buds), Thank you so much. Yup, there’re so many great restaurants here. :D

    Magnus, You too? :-) Many thanks for your kind words, I really appreciate it.

  • Excellent report Trine! Amazing pictures! I will be back shortly to F/L myself :-)

  • Wow Trine, this looks absolutely amazing!

    I’m (slowly) starting to plan my gastronomical trip to the Nordics, will include this place for sure.

    Thanks for the nice report and great photos!

    Sven

  • Trine,

    Can just agrre with you in all what you are saying. They are the most hard working restaurant in Sweden and they really deserve all cred.
    I have a table within two weeks and truly looking forward to it, again!

    Cheers
    Z

  • Great review and very nice pictures. Your meal looks as stunning as the one I had in april this year.

  • With wine, what did this meal cost? I’m so concidering it…

  • Wow – looks absolutely amazing – nice photos Trine! I love the way they take you through the cooking process by showing the ingredients before they are prepared.

    Regards
    Mikkel

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