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.
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 with the Home Journal team. Read on.
Mercato by Jean-Georges
This casual American-Italian restaurant has a good atmosphere and great food. The Italian kitchen is my Achilles Heel!
8/F, California Tower, 32 D'Aguilar St, Central
Great location and venue, and chef Osborn really shows off his skills with the season's best ingredients.
3/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central
Lovely spot, plus I love their dim sum and roasted Beijing duck!
Shops 411-413, 4/F Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen's Road Central
Amazing ramen and vegetables. My favourite is the dipping noodles and steamed radish, with a Coke Zero.
5 Gough St., Central
Classic cooking techniques, with rare and extreme flavours and ingredients – what's not to love about this place?
7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen's Road Central
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.
8/F, One Chinachem Central, 22 Des Voeux Road, Central
Header image: Courtesy of The Flying Elk.
Photos: Courtesy of Mercato by Jean-Georges, Arcane, China Tang, Shugetsu, Amber, Octavium