Swedish restaurant named among world’s best

Swedish restaurant named among world's best
It'll take a while to get there, but experts think it's worth the journey. Photo: Robert Henriksson/TT
A Swedish restaurant set in an isolated rural location has once again been named among the best in the world, after a British food organization presented its prestigious top 50 restaurants of the year.

Chef Magnus Nilsson’s eatery Fäviken Magasinet in Järpen claimed the 41st spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, which was presented at a gala in New York on Monday evening. The list is compiled by a group of nearly one thousand leading figures in the international restaurant industry.

The title of best in the world was given to Osteria Francescana from Modena, Italy, which leapfrogged last year’s victor El Celler de Can Roca from Catalonia, Spain into top spot. The best in the Nordic countries was Noma in Copenhagen, which placed fifth. Denmark also saw two further establishments, Geranium (28) and Relæ (40) place in the top 50, with both hailing from the Danish capital.

Fäviken meanwhile slipped down from the 25th spot it achieved in last year’s edition of the World’s 50 Best. It is however now the only Swedish restaurant present in the top 50, which is the 14th instalment of the ranking.

It has been a good year for 32-year-old chef Nilsson and his Järpen establishment. In February, his eatery became the first in Sweden outside of the capital city to be awarded two Michelin stars. Located near the Åre ski resort in Jämtland, more than 600 kilometres north of Stockholm, Fäviken is often billed as the world’s most isolated restaurant.

Serving food that is largely locally sourced, grown or caught by Nilsson’s team, dishes include a raw cow’s heart with marrow, and wild trout roe in dried pig’s blood. The World’s 50 Best list describes Fäviken’s fare as “unique Scandinavian cuisine that’s worth the pilgrimage”.