The Michelin guide for the Nordic countries on Monday released its ratings for 2020, and in addition to confirming the three stars it handed chef Björn Frantzén's eponymous Stockholm restaurant in 2018, it also gave the aptly-named Restaurant Etoile in the Vasastan district its first-ever star.
It also upgraded Aloë, in a suburb south of Stockholm, to two stars.
This means five of the Nordics' thirteen two-star restaurants are located in Sweden, which now has a grand total of twelve restaurants with one star, with Etoile being the only newcomer on the list.
Restaurant Etoile on Norra Stationsgatan in Stockholm. Photo: Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT
Restaurant Franzén is one of only two in the Nordics (Geranium in Copenhagen, Denmark, is the other one) and 130 in the world with three stars.
Three Swedish top restaurants lose their stars because they have closed in the last year: the legendary Fäviken Magasinet in the Åre mountains, Upper House and Volt. Malmö's Bloom in the Park and Stockholm's Mathias Dahlgren Matbaren also lost their stars.
Two Swedish restaurants got an honourable mention in the form of a Bib Gourmand – the category for good value restaurants that do not qualify for a star: Allegrine and Speceriet, both in Stockholm.
Sushi Sho, Stockholm
PM & Vänner, Växjö
Thörnströms Kök, Gothenburg
SK Mat & Människor, Gothenburg
Daniel Berlin, Skåne-Tranås
Oaxen Krog, Stockholm
Oaxen Slip, Stockholm
Lilla Ego, Stockholm
Ulla Winbladh, Stockholm
Brasserie Bobonne, Stockholm
Bar Agrikultur, Stockholm
Rolfs Kök, Stockholm