It’s no surprise that there are talented Michelin star chefs pioneering the dining scene in Sweden. With its culture of innovation and precision, Sweden is the perfect place to be when in the market for a once in a lifetime dining experience.
What is unique to Northern Europe is the produce. Unfamiliar to those from other parts of the world Swedish cuisine will often feature plenty of fish preserved with and prepared using age-old methods and served with a stunning array of vegetables. The creativity at these Swedish Michelin star restaurants has resulted in over 19 of them being awarded the esteemed accolade.
Let’s take a look at the Michelin star restaurants Stockholm and the rest of Sweden have to offer.
A Three Michelin Star Restaurant In Stockholm
The dining experience at Frantzén takes its clientele on a journey through the modern and curated talents and tastes of Sweden. Fully committed to sustainably caught seafood and locally produced seasonal veg, Frantzén aims to find ways to take fine dining above and beyond comprehension. The space is divided into three floors, making it a plentiful seating arrangement that invites everyone to enjoy.
With an ambience of incredibly modern sophistication, the moody lighting and black marble make for the perfect smart decor for its contemporary dishes. The plating of dishes like the rhubarb, sabayonne, tomato and pumpkin seed casually presented in roughly glazed ceramic make for an effortlessly chic look.
On a savoury note, dishes like the Grilled king crab morel filled with chicken mousseline and nduja, sauce vin jaune and galangal combine ingredients and techniques unique to Sweden, with elements from France, Italy and China – showing the sheer talent of the chefs who so effortlessly combine such an array of flavours. All this will cost you around 330 pounds per person, with alcohol or wine pairing.
A Two Michelin Star Restaurant In Malmo
Situated in the old town suburbs of Malmo – inside a townhouse along a cobble street path – Vollmers is more of a nod to Swedish tradition and a homely atmosphere. With a homage to ingredients sourced from the Skåne region, many of the dishes are inspired by the head chef’s childhood, to emphasise the comfort and serenity of Swedish culture and cooking.
The set menu comes at a cost of 205 pounds per person with the addition of 140 pounds for a wine pairing, and 70 pounds for the juice pairing – something you’ll see at a few fine dining establishments in Northern Europe to cater to those with sober habits without disrupting a carefully curated meal.
Another tradition unlikely to be found at Michelin star restaurants around the world is the welcoming of (well behaved) furry friends. Enjoy dishes like locally sourced lamb with asparagus, lovage root, buttermilk and foamy lamb fat all while in the company of your pets – seated in a cosy and intimate environment. Vollmers succeeds at making you feel right at home.
Two Michelin Star Restaurants In Stockholm
Take your tastebuds on a flavour journey around the world at the globally inspired Aloë restaurant in Stockholm. Aloë brings the fun back into fine dining and strives to make the environment friendly and welcoming, with a menu that combines well-known dishes and unique creations.
Aloë embraces the trendy culture of the metropolis and invites you to begin your meal with a light snack in the lounge before being seated at a communal table to encourage a fun, light-hearted atmosphere.
The dishes use simple ingredients like lamb, clams and caviar and turn them into something unrecognizable but enticingly delicious. The portions are generous and the plating is elegant yet relaxed, a break from the usual pristine at other Michelin restaurants. The set menu comes at 250 pounds per person.
The location of Oaxen is simply unbeatable. Situated right on the water, and closer to local farms where all their produce is sourced, Oaxen is still considered a cosmopolitan affair – and embraces all that is wonderous within Swedish culture. It’s not just the best of both worlds, but all worlds.
Oaxen sits on one of the Southern islands of Stockholm’s archipelago, right on the tranquil waters. This will be the view as you indulge in their stunning renditions of global and local cuisines. The dishes are created to reflect the produce gathered from the forest and farms next door, so expect to find something like a 3 year aged pork neck, Chesnut leaves and garlic freshly harvested from the Oaxen farm. For this foraged feast you’re set to pay around 225 pounds per person.
Gastrolik might be the perfect representation of everything great about the Michelin star restaurants of Stockholm. It is truly authentic, despite the pressure to cater to a global audience. The chefs have familiarized themselves with all the products made available by local suppliers. This close relationship they have allows them to truly embrace the beauty of Swedish cuisine and come up with menu items that showcase this.
The 20-course tasting menu really allows you to experience every ingredient in its truest form. A starter dish may be shrimp cured in quince kosho and preserved tomato, simple yet bursting with flavour.
Their dish of asparagus that has been lactic fermented and stored in cold and dark temperatures served with its brine, with white mould cheese and caviar is a quintessential representation of Nordic fermentation methods. This 20-course degustation menu comes at a price of 250 pounds per person.
Michelin star restaurants in Sweden are well on their way to becoming the best in the world. There’s also an extensive list of one-star restaurants on the official guide worth checking out too. A trend that has taken over the Swedish dining scene – and will hopefully begin to pioneer the movement globally – is sustainability. Working with the ingredients of your country with pride is what has made the chefs of Sweden so creatively brilliant.