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Nordic-Asian cuisine is served in the new Swedish-designed space by the Frantzén Group located in central Bangkok

“It’s the most Nordic restaurant in the entire Frantzén Group,” says chef Björn Frantzén of the latest addition to the Group’s stable, which includes three-Michelin-starred restaurants Frantzén in Stockholm, Sweden, and Zén in Singapore, among other establishments.

Located in central Bangkok in a spacious house in Yen Akat 3, just a stone’s throw from acclaimed German restaurant Sühring, Villa Frantzén serves a Nordic menu with Asian influences amidst interiors by Swedish interior architects Joyn Studio and decorative pieces and tableware by Scandinavian craftspeople.

The menu is brought to diners by executive chef Martin Enström and executive sous chef Nilas Corneliussen from a bustling open kitchen around which the main restaurant seating is found, while three private dining rooms are located upstairs, and a glasshouse overlooking an outdoor patio offers alternative dining experiences.
 
Swedish chef Martin Enström cut his teeth training alongside award-winning Swedish chefs Mathias Dahlgren, Gert Klötzke and John Sayan Isaksson, the latter the chef behind the Nobel Prize banquets in 2015 and 2016. After falling in love with Thailand in his early 20s, Enström settled on Koh Lanta where he opened charcoal grilling restaurant Yang. Enström’s experience in Thailand combined with his Swedish heritage leaves the chef well placed to bring the distinctive experience that Villa Frantzén offers to diners.

Among the dishes on offer, highlights include cauliflower chawanmushi and morels served with yeasted mushroom tea, lime, toasted hay oil, lemon thyme and split peas; white asparagus and wasabi beurre blanc with walnuts oyster mushroom, parsley, spring onions and ginger oil; duck and foie gras with raspberry hot sauce, sticky beetroot, grilled roses and pistachios; and Szechuan pepper ice cream. Signature Frantzén Group dishes can also be enjoyed, such as servings of Villa Frantzén caviar spread across jackfruit and coconut waffles and served with sour cream, dried nori and beurre noisette; and poached oyster “63.4C” with smoked cream and spicy pumpkin and sea buckthorn oil.

Adjacent to the main restaurant, guests will find Villa Frantzén Cocktail Bar, where the offering is again Nordic-inspired with pan-Asian influences. Drinks are painstakingly prepared using house-made macerations, clarifications and vinegar-based concoctions and fermentations that often take the drinks to the more savoury end of the spectrum—think fermented blueberries and cream cheese in these creative cocktails. A selection of Swedish craft spirits such as akvavit will also be on offer. 

Villa Frantzén, No.7 Yen Akat Soi 3, Chongnonsi Yannawa, Bangkok 10120, villafrantzen.com/

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