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Norway - Oslo / Trondheim / Bergen report

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My family went on a week long trip around Norway last week. A beautiful country, but food and drinks are very expensive. Also some of us found the food quite salty in general.

Here are our experience in the restaurants that we visited:

Oslo - many of the restaurants were closed so it was a bit of a struggle. July to mid Aug seems to be when everything closes.

First night: San Leandro tapas bar - this seems to be a chain. Small tables with high chairs, quite casual atmosphere. We ordered the small cold cut platter which came with more salami, cheese and jamon than we could eat between four of us as a starter. The quality of salami, chorizo and jamon iberico were very good. We orderd some prawn fried in garlic, meatballs and patatas bravas to follow which were ok. Overall a pleasant meal.

Second day lunch: Grand Hotel cafe - it was a beautiful day and it was a great place to sit outside and people watch. Mussels and french fries were very good, with big juicy mussels and great sauce. Prawn open sandwich and crayfish open sandwich were good too at not large but reasonable portion.

Second day dinner: Dinner - an upmarket Chinese restaurant. We ordered crispy duck followed by sea bass and vegetables with a Chinese bun each which were the fried version, and some dim sums to finish as we were a little peckish afterwards. Rice came included and were plenty for all four of us. The food was very good if not super authentic. The dim sums were freshly made with the prawn one topped with a big piece of what I think was crayfish.

Trondheim - we took the train there... if you take a train in Norway try to take some food and drinks with you! Again summer holiday meant that the fancier restaurants in the city were closed.

3rd day dinner: We went for a drink at Trondhjem Mikrobryggeriet. I'm not a beer drinker but the others reported good selection of beer. We then wandered for a bit and settled for a couple of pizza at Lillepizza near the shopping centre in the centre of town. We actually quite enjoyed the pizzas which had good thin crust and were cooked through nicely. It was also comparatively speaking reasonably priced.

4th day lunch: After wandering around the cathedral we went to nearby Vertshuset Grenaderen. They had a buffet on but we opted instead for a la carte. The selection was limited but the steamed mussel was good (no fries though) and quiche pie and prawn sandwich were both good.

4th day dinner: Went over to Bakklandet Skydsstation which is a charming little pub / restaurant in Bakklandet area. We ordered a reindeer stew and fishballs, but the order was mixed up and we ended up with two reindeer stew which were nice. Reindeer was less gamy than I expected. Afterwards we walked over to Den Gode Nabo - a great pub with lots of beer on tab but only one red wine. We sat outside on a deck right on the river and shard a fish and chips with drinks of our choice. Good chips, ok fish.

Trondheim to Bergen - Hurtigruten cruise overnight. Lunch was a buffet which was not great - we all opted for cured fish, cold cut and salad as the hot dishes didn't look very appetizing. We booked sit down dinner which again was quite mediocre. But then again, we should have perhaps expected that.

Bergen - for a change, the restaurants were all open!

6th day dinner: Highlight of the trip - Spisekroken. Our starters included one sampler which had three small dishes with three shots of aquavit, grilled scallop dish and cured ham with asparagus. The menu had either entree and another section called "This and That". I ordered baby goat ribs from "This and That" which was probably a bit small with very little meat on the ribs, but then again this was starter priced. Veal was special of the day which was cooked very well retaining its succulence. Dessert in comparison was probably a bit weak. My raspberry crumble was ok but felt a little more like breakfast than dessert.

7th day lunch - fish market. It's an experience, but can't say it was that much fresher.

7th day dinner - Hanne på Høyden. This one I feel a bit conflicted. I understand that they try to keep to local ingredients... they had two whale dishes on the menu (one for starter and another for main) which made our selection somewhat tough. Neither I or my fiance wanted it, and even my dad who has had whale meat before didn't want it as a main meal. He did have it as a starter (which was smoked but not to the extent it was cooked) which he said was miles better than the ones he had before. This meant that we all had the catfish for main, which was nice though slightly on salty side. I suspect that it is probably one of those places where you can have a great meal, depending on what's on the menu. However unfortunately it didn't compare well against Spisekroken. Prices were probably on par - Spisekroken was perhaps a little cheaper.

That's basically it - the last day before we flew out we did Norway in a Nutshell tour from Bergen back to Oslo which included six different transport and food at awful train station cafes. We ended up in a canteen style cafe at Flam where the sandwiches and fish and chips were passable but the "Norwegian stew" I ordered was awful.

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  1. Thank you! I'm thinking of visiting Bergen next spring, so I'll add Spiesekroken to my list. Did you get to try many of the great local hot dogs wrapped in potato bread?

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    1. re: currycue

      Unfortunately not... too much good food, not enough time!