Back in April when I was in Europe, I discovered a new restaurant called Frantzen’s Kitchen in Hong Kong. Since I was so fond of the “ny scandi kitchen” trend, I had jotted this down as one of my MUST TRY when I get back home. Unfortunately, with all the crazy workload I was buried under, the idea drifted further and further away. But, thankfully after a few gruelling months, I managed to find the time and a reason to check it out!
Frantzen’s Kitchen is located in Upper Station Street at the cusp between Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun. A corner shop that is minimalistic and undistinguished. It’s not too difficult to find but, if you’re walking uphill under the pouring rain, it would seem a bit like reaching mecca during a pilgrimage! Walking in, you’re instantly greeted by bubbly staff that are just as attentive – maybe a little TOO attentive. Then again, better to have good service than bad, right? But I was quite happy to be seated at the bar even though I had failed to book a bar side table over the website – My advice to just to call them, their online booking function doesn’t work.
Upon getting seated, you’re face with a menu/place mat with hand drawn illustration of each dish. The menu is set out to start off with a few snacks and then move on to larger and heavier sharing plates. I suppose that’s the “scandi kitchen” serving style, similar to MUME. Being the greedy fat f*cks that we are, we literally wanted EVERYTHING on the menu. And I think, we almost ordered everything – except a few dishes with ingredients that my partner couldn’t touch.
All throughout the meal, we kept tabs of all the dishes we loved. We re-ordered the Oyster over and over again. It was so good and just couldn’t get enough. It reached a point where I was like… G, you realize we have about 8 more courses to come right? Our top picks are the following (in order of photographs):
- Truffle French Toast
- Norwegian Salmon Sashimi
- Seared Scallops
- Beef Tartare
- Pork Belly
The evolution of scandinavian/nordic cuisine has always been well praised across the world, but it was only embraced by everyone when places like NOMA popped up in the 50 Best Restaurants in the World. Frantzen’s Kitchen is a sight for sore eyes, or in this case a tantalising to the tastebuds for those who want something other than you classic (ahem, boring) French and Japanese restaurants across Hong Kong. It brings a fresh take on modernist cuisine, using the freshest ingredients brought together by talented swedish chefs. If you’re ever in Hong Kong and have a relatively generous budget, then Frantzen’s Kitchen is definitely the restaurant to try!
Drinks: N/A – We only had the Rosé
Price Range: HKD 1000 (per person) – HKD 1800 (with wine)