Announcing the top 341 restaurants in the Nordics!

Announcing the top 341 restaurants in the Nordics!

WHITE GUIDE: Today the launch of White Guide Nordic 2017-18 in Copenhagen was celebrated with a trend seminar, prize ceremony and gala dinner. The launch was joined by more than 200 journalists, policy makers and restaurant professionals.

2017-18 is the fourth edition of the guide, and includes the 341 best restaurants in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

The list is topped by Geranium in Denmark, followed by Esperanto, then Fäviken Magasinet in Sweden and Maaemo in Norway, and at no. 5 we have Søllerød Kro in Denmark, moving up from last year's spot at no. 11.

For the full release and lists, click here!


DENMARK: Strandgade 93's new restaurant: Barr

DENMARK: Strandgade 93's new restaurant: Barr

NEWS DENMARK: The iconic address that for ten years housed Noma will now be home to a brand new restaurant, spearheaded by René Redzepi and Thorsten Schmidt: Barr.

On July 5th, Barr will open, drawing inspiration from the entire North Sea – including the Nordics, but not only: the British Isles and Benelux will also influence the menu. Seating 60, Barr will be a different experience than Noma once was, while presumably carrying on the tradition of culinary joy and exploration that Mr. Redzepi himself is known for.

"We want to carry on the spirit of experimentation and knowledge, serving our versions of traditional dishes, along with a great selection of beers and aquavit from this extraordinary area", says Torsten Schmidt to The Caterer

Mr. Redzepi himself, meanwhile, is also keeping busy: while preparing for Noma's new incarnation on Refshaleøen, the plans of which have been underway for several years, he's also played host in the jungle to the third of Noma's world-wide pop-ups, and this one perhaps the most talked-about yet: in Tulum in Mexico, he's been serving experimental dishes during the spring, showcasing the best the Yucatán peninsula has to offer to great acclaim.

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White Guide announces the top 341 restaurants in the Nordic countries

Each day thousands of restaurants all across the Nordic region do their best to entertain and delight the palates of their guests. But who are the best of the best? Today we announce the 340 top restaurants that made it into the 2017-18 edition of the White Guide Nordic.


NEWS NORDIC: Next stop for Noma: Mexico

NEWS NORDIC: Next stop for Noma: Mexico

NEWS NORDIC: As Noma nears its closure and re-opening in the restaurant's new location, René Redzepi takes on another ambitious pop-up project: this time in Central America – Mexico, to be exact. The residence is cosigned both Redzepi and his former sous-chef, Rosio Sanchez.

Since Ms Sanchez left Noma, she's been running taquería Hija de Sanchez in Torvehallerne in Copenhagen, which itself has hosted pop-ups from some of the world's most famous chefs, which White Guide wrote about last year. Now, she embarks on a joint endeavor together with Mr Redzepi, in a country where she herself has roots: Mexico. 


White Guide Nordic 2017 is here!

White Guide Nordic 2017 is here!

WHITE GUIDE: The third edition of The White Guide Nordic was launched today in Stockholm. More than 300 journalists and restaurateurs took part in the event.

The new guide covers the 325 best restaurants in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, the Faroe islands and Greenland. New this year is that it also contains reviews of the 60 best restaurants in the Baltic countries Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, thus covering a large part of northern Europe with its many both unique and interconnected cuisines.

Just as last year, the evaluation of the restaurant scene in the Nordics has resulted in a Top 30 list, which is included in the press release. The list is topped by Esperanto and Fäviken in Sweden, followed by Maaemo in Norway, and Geranium and Kadeau København in Denmark.

Read the full press release HERE!


NORDIC: Frantzén's Kitchen to open in Hong Kong

NORDIC: Frantzén's Kitchen to open in Hong Kong

NEWS NORDIC: After the recent shocker that fine dining restaurant Frantzén was closing and reopening at a new location in 2017, comes the news that Björn Frantzén is taking his gastronomy all the way to Hong Kong in November.

Björn Frantzén has been in the news more than once this year, popping up in Dubai and surprising everyone with the news that his fine dining restaurant in Stockholm was closing in July, in order to reopen at a new location in the beginning of 2017 – retaining the number of seats (22) but increasing the area more than fivefold: from 90 to 500 square meters. And now, the opening of an entirely new restaurant in Hong Kong has been announced: Frantzén's Kitchen will be serving up a Nordic taste experience based on local ingredients. An exciting mission in an area already well-known for gastronomic mastery and influenced by many different cultures. Head chef Jim Löfdahl will be heading the new project, in cooperation with local entrepreneurs Arne and Helen Lindman. A sneak peek at the menu reveals "Nordic sushi", as well as scallop with dashi and dried coral, and a macaron with foie gras. 

Frantzén's Kitchen will open in November of 2016 at 11 Upper Station Street in Sheung Wan, seating 36.

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On the quest for a more flavorful, sustainable future

WHITE GUIDE: Dan Barber, Global Gastronomy Award winner, 2016

“Food for thought” takes on a whole new meaning after a few days in the company of Dan Barber. He is revolutionizing the way we look at food. Sourcing locally and organically is a good thing, but far from enough if we want to achieve a truly sustainable food system. We have to reverse, reinvent and reboot our whole approach to food, including controversial bits such as use, waste and natural genetic engineering.

Dan Barber. Portrait by Mark Ostow.

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SWEDEN: White Guide Café is here

SWEDEN: White Guide Café is here

NEWS SWEDEN: On Monday the 30th of May the latest White Guide Café, listing the best cafés 2016-17, was released. Eight winners in different categories were also anounced along with the guide, that lists 336 cafés.

At the release party, more than 300 guests mingled and celebrated in the picturesque Eric Ericson Hall, a former church located on Skeppsholmen Island in Stockholm. Over 400 cafés were evaluated , with 336 securing a coveted spot in the guide.

The Swedish “fika” tradition – drinking coffee and having cake, whether at home or at a café – is strong, as evidenced by the interest in the guide, available as both app and book. But “to fika” is an evolving concept, says café guide editor Lena Ilkjaer:


DENMARK: White Guide Denmark is here

DENMARK: White Guide Denmark is here

WHITE GUIDE DENMARK: Bistronomy, from fine to fun and popular dining – White Guide Denmark 2016/17 is here. In it you'll find 331 reviews of recently tested Danish restaurants, 99 of them new to the guide from last year. Restaurants in Greenland and the Faroe Islands are included.

For the third year running, White Guide is published in Denmark – and also for the third year running, Noma was awarded Best Restaurant. Each restaurant is visited yearly, and points and review re-evaluated and rewritten. As the guide was launched today, ten special prizes were awarded - see list below. 

"The movement from fine to fun and popular dining has been ongoing for some years now, but it wasn't until last year's guide was published that we truly noted the breakthrough for the genre we christened 'bistronomy' – original, brave gastronomy in a very deliberately informal environment. No longer is there a need to choose between having truly good food and having a truly good time, which puts the final nail in the coffin of the idea that gastronomy is only for the rich, or an elite group of foodies. You'll find no elitism among the guests at Hærværk in Aarhus eller Eldorado i Copenhagen, even though both are among those restaurants that are bringing restaurant culture and gastronomy rapidly forward", says Rasmus Holmgård, White Guide Denmark's editor, summing this year's guide up.

More information at whiteguide.dk.

The entire Danish Master Class list is available HERE.

Buy White Guide Denmark HERE - or directly in our app.

The Danish winners 2016/17

  • Restaurant of the Year – Noma
  • Wine Experience of the Year – Era Ora
        in collaboration with Vinakademiet and Dansk Sommelier Forening
  • Service Experience of the Year – Søllerød Kro
        in collaboration with De Forenede Dampvaskerier
  • Best New Restaurant of the Year – Ante 
        in collaboration with Gastromand
  • Feel-Good Experience of the Year – Huset Blom
        in collaboration with Catering Engros
  • Best Value of the Year – 20a
       in collaboration with H.W. Larsen
  • Innovator of the Year – Alchemist
       in collaboration with Arla Unika
  • Wine List of the Year – Malling Kro
       in collaboration with Spiegelau
  • Beer Experience of the Year – WarPigs
        in collaboration with Jacobsen
  • Rising Star of the Year – Bryan Fransisco, Tree Top
        in collaboration with Lavazza

SWEDEN: Arvid Rosengren is the world's best sommelier

SWEDEN: Arvid Rosengren is the world's best sommelier

NEWS SWEDEN: Swedish Arvid Rosengren took home the gold in yesterday’s prestigious Meilleur Sommelier du Monde competition, held in Argentina. He is thus both the reigning European and world champion.

Arvid Rosengren, educated in Swedish Grythyttan and having worked in Stockholm, London and Copenhagen, is currently living and working in New York, where he is sommelier at Soho restaurant Charlie Bird, as well as running King Street Sommeliers, a private wine service. Every Nordic country was represented in the competition, including another Swede, Robert Andersson, and the Dane Christian Thorsholt Jacobsen, who finished sixth. Making it all the way to the podium along with Rosengren were David Biraud, France, and Julie Dupoy-Young, hailing from France but representing Ireland.

The finalists were put through a wide variety of tests, such as geographical knowledge, food and wine pairing, blind tasting and decanting a magnum bottle of young Malbec. Rosengren emerged victorious, adding charisma to his impeccable service. This is Sweden’s second sommelier world champion title, since Andreas Larsson won in 2007.


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