NORDIC: Björn Frantzén takes Dubai
NEWS NORDIC: The next chef to take the reins at Dubai restaurant Enigma is none other than Björn Frantzén, owner of Restaurant Frantzén in Stockholm, Sweden. Enigma will be hosted by four different chefs during 2016.
The first chef to settle in at the restaurant in January, located in luxury hotel Palazzo Versace, was Quique Dacosta, who normally delights guests at the three-star restaurant that bears his name in Valencia, Spain. His pop-up was named “Vanguard”. Björn Frantzéns concept will be named “Journey of a Nordic Chef” and run at Enigma from April 20th through June 30th. The next two chefs to take over Enigma are as-of-yet unnamed.
– I am very excited and at the same time humbled to bring my cuisine to Dubai, and I see this as an opportunity to show and introduce the flavours of the Nordic countries to Dubai's cosmopolitan residents and travellers. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with the professional team at Enigma, at the magnificent Palazzo Versace Dubai., says Frantzén in a statement.
The Dubai food scene is atwitter with the news of the arrival of Nordic cuisine – the first time it will be served at fine dining level in the UAE. Frantzén (who will be in Dubai for the premiere but later hand over the day-to-day business to his head chef Jim Löfdahl and two other Frantzén chefs) will be serving a kind of best-of menu starting from the opening of his restaurant in 2008. It’s more than likely the menu will include his pièce de resistance satio tempestas, “satisfaction of the season”, a mostly vegetarian dish that includes the season’s finest vegetables, usually containing up to 40 different ingredients.
Guests will be able to choose a menu of eight or twelve dishes. The twelve-course menu costs 650 AED, but that includes transport to and from the restaurant. Tables may booked through Enigma’s website.