World-renowned chef Björn Frantzén, best-known for his eponymous three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Stockholm, will open a restaurant at luxury London department store Harrods in 2022.
The restaurant, newly named at #6 on the deeply-flawed World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, is a tasting menu affair with international inflections from fine dining’s favourite touchpoints of Japan, France, and Italian luxury and a couple of “signature dishes,” including a 40+ ingredient homage to its vegetable gardens. It roams throughout its extensive building, diners effectively given a tour during the meal, with the restaurant having moved to bigger premises in 2016.
What Frantzén’s restaurant will look like in a luxury department store which has, in recent years, made a concerted effort to pull in big names at big prices is unknown. Jason Atherton, Tom Kerridge, Vineet Bhatia, and Gordon Ramsay have all opened premises — some counters, some full rooms — at the Knightsbridge address, creating a kind of culinary theme park for shoppers. Frantzén’s arrival appears intended to be its crowning glory: but from what that crown will be forged remains to be seen.
Frantzén said: “Over the past few years there have been several projects and opportunities arise inLondon,but none have felt right until now. It is an honour to be opening at Harrods as one of the most celebrated institutions in the world.”