As Björn Frantzén and Daniel Lindeberg’s first hire back in 2008, Jim Löfdahl has been part of the birth, growth and evolution of Frantzén. Backed by experience in Stockholm kitchens prior to joining Frantzén, Löfdahl was soon named head chef in 2011, then appointed to lead their three-month pop-up at Enigma in Dubai’s Palazzo Versace, before going on to helm Frantzén’s Kitchen in 2016, their first international location. Since June of this year, Löfdahl has been heading up The Flying Elk, Björn Frantzén’s contemporary Nordic concept created in partnership with the Maximal Concepts group. Having lived in the city for almost two years now, Löfdahl has found his go-to spots around Central for cuisines far removed on the flavour spectrum from his Nordic roots – several of which he shares here.

1. Mercato

This casual American-Italian restaurant has a good atmosphere and great food. The Italian kitchen is my Achilles Heel!

Mercato, 8/F, California Tower, 32 D'Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 3706 8567

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2. Arcane

Great location and venue, and chef Shane Osborn really shows off his skills with the season's best ingredients.

Arcane, 3/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2728 0178

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3. China Tang

Lovely spot, plus I love their dim sum and roasted Beijing duck!

China Tang, Shops 411-413, 4/F Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2552 2148

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4. Shugetsu

Amazing ramen and vegetables. My favourite is the dipping noodles and steamed radish, with a Coke Zero.

Shugetsu, 5 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2850 6009

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5. Octavium

Another Italian restaurant—the pasta is spot-on, and I love the venue during nighttime. It makes you feel like you're in a Star Wars movie, with all the skyscrapers surrounding the place.

Octavium, 8/F, One Chinachem Central, 22 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2111 9395

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6. Amber

Classic cooking techniques, with rare and extreme flavours and ingredients – what's not to love about this place?

Amber, 7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2132 0066

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