Bjorn Frantzen will oversee a two-in-one concept at the popular Dubai hotel
World-renowned chef Björn Frantzén is set to open his first restaurant in Dubai in Q4 2023 at Atlantis, The Palm.
Frantzén's portfolio currently includes three-Michelin-starred restaurants Frantzén in Stockholm and Zén in Singapore.
Studio Frantzén in Dubai will serve highlights of the chef's acclaimed Nordic gastronomy and also contain a restaurant-within-a-restaurant focused on premium fine dining.
Seating up to 220 guests in a contemporary interpretation of Scandinavian design, Studio Frantzén will feature a buzzing dining area with regular tables, intimate booths, bar stools at the kitchen counter and a private dining area. The lively bar will mix up cocktails with Nordic ingredients, while dishes will include blistered lobster with curry hollandaise, pomegranate-infused mirin, dried cloudberries, ginger and coriander butter. Simpler preparations of Porterhouse steak will also be on the menu.
Most recently, Frantzén announced his expansion into the UK with the launch of his first Studio Frantzén concept, which is set to open on the rooftop of the world's leading, luxury department store Harrods, in London, later this year.
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Within Studio Frantzén, guests can enter the Frantzén Concept, designed to replicate a private living room. Guests will be escorted up to a newly built rooftop orangery overlooking the Dubai skyline to enjoy an aperitif and discuss the day's ingredients with the team. They will then return to the intimate 25-seat lobby dining room to eat.
With recipes described as "Nordic informed by Japanese kaiseki sensibilities with a spritz of French technique", dishes may include a crudo of scallop with salted Tokyo turnip; king crab grilled over birch embers with hot sauce or spice-roasted fallow deer with blood orange and foie gras butter. An extensive selection of wine and Grand Cru’s includes more than 1500 labels.
Commenting on the launch, Björn Frantzén said: “Following the arrival of Michelin into Dubai in 2021, I cannot think of a better time to introduce our concepts to the region. We are both proud and excited to bring our gastronomy to the ever-evolving food scene of Dubai."
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The All-New Nobu Dubai
Studio Frantzén and the Frantzén Concept will take the space of Nobu, which will be moving to what was The Royal Bridge Suite, spanning both wings of the hotel, in January 2023. Featuring a sake bar and cigar lounge, the new Nobu will be the largest space for the brand in the world, featuring views of Palm Jumeirah and the Arabian Sea from the 21st floor of the resort.
Atlantis Dubai: A Growing Gourmet Hub
In recent months, existing Atlantis, The Palm restaurants Ossiano and Hakkasan have won Michelin stars. Along with Bjorn Frantzén, in 2023, Atlantis Dubai's other property Atlantis The Royal will welcome award-winning concepts from José Andrés, Costas Spiliadis, Ariana Bundy and Heston Blumenthal, who will bring his Michelin star restaurant Dinner to Dubai, along with a debut bar concept called Resonance.
Executive vice president and managing director of Atlantis Dubai, said: "We are delighted to add Björn Frantzén and the Frantzén Group to our incredible collection of world-class chef-led restaurants at Atlantis Dubai. This year alone we saw both Ossiano and Hakkasan Dubai receive Michelin stars, and next year in January, we will introduce our world-class collection of chef-led restaurants at Atlantis The Royal”.