My first meal in Stockholm was at 2 Michelin Star Restaurant Frantzen the countries most creative and celebrated kitchen. I brought my friend Mariel along for what we both joked may be the most fantastical meal we ever enjoy. We arrived just before 6pm and finished up just before midnight. Some 10 wine glasses were emptied and 20 plates sampled over the course of our feast.
We arrived earlier than our expected time of arrival, so typical of me. We were greeted by a smiling giant of a doorman who immediately ushered us right to our seats. The dining room is petite and the ambiance simple, with one painting hanging to the right of the chef’s table. The space almost felt barren when we arrived. Each table in the room had nothing but a white linen tablecloth draped over it. I jokingly wondered if we were eating with our hands this evening.
Then the magic started…. our server placed a rectangular box with a sliding glass lid onto our table and said “Welcome to Frantzen, this is the bread we will be roasting over the fire for you later in your meal. We will let it enjoy its second rise in your company.” Mariel and I both beamed at each other. Never had I been given the opportunity to “get to know” my bread prior to eating it. We spent the next hour or so peaking over the glass as it rose at the corner of our table.
The entire dinner was a spectacle. Once the restaurant had filled to capacity I couldn’t help but laugh as each table featured the flash of a camera. These were serious culinary tourists. My people, all in one room! Highlights included fresh butter churned table side, scorched veal under our noses, a salad which was made up of 45 ingredients (and had its own dedicated menu) and an unforgettable verbena sorbet.
Wine pairings were exemplary and service was of the finest quality, exactly what you would expect from a 2 Michelin Restaurant. We left the restaurant full, a wee bit on the tipsy and inspired. As all the best meals should be.
Romate, S.A. Jerez
Moreau – Naudet, Chablis Premier Cru “Les Forests” Bourgogne
Chateau de Beauregard, Pouilly-Fuisse “Vers Pouilly” 1997 Bourgogne
Weingut Dr. Buklin-Wolf, Wachenheimer “Rechenbachel” 1999 Pfalz
Paul Jaboulet Aine, Hermitage “La Chapelle” 1999 Rhone
Foreaux, Vouvray “Moelleux” Reserve 2009 Loire
Beef from A. Larsson, lichens and ash
Carrot, foie gras
“Vichyssoise” with summer truffle
Peas and beans, cream cheese of goats milk and mint
Oyster, frozen rhubarb, cream and juniper
12 days old halibut sashimi and duck egg with crab
Bonemarrow with caviar and smoked parsley
Coal flamed veal tartar, tallow from 11 years old milk cow, smoked eel, black roe
Bread baked over open fire. Just churned butter.
Yellow onion, goat’s milk, almond and liqourice
Diver scallops. Truffle pure and bouilons
Whole turbot baked for four hours with white asparagus baked for three hours with pine, lemongrass and mint
Frozen lemon verbena
13 weeks old spring Dorper lamb from Klasbo farm
Goatmilk ice cream with grass pure. Malt, olive oil and hay ash
Beer, yeast and yolk from the first egg the hen warps
Buttermilk and roses. Hibiscus, flowers and jasmine tea.