Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Guides to the best restaurants in Stavanger–by Anders Husa

In 2016 Anders Husa won the food blog of the year award with his “Foodie Stories by Anders Husa”. Anders Husa is Oslo based these days but he is originally from the Stavanger area. He comes home from time to time and he has just posted his “Guides to the best restaurants in Stavanger”. Make sure to check out his beautiful blog and read his recommendations. I agree with most of his recommendations – especially Re-Naa, Casa Gio and Egget!

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Gard
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Monday, February 20, 2017

Sandnes food festival: 100-ugå

This week (February 20th to February 26th 2017) the annual food festival takes place in Sandnes. A lot of the restaurant in Sandnes are participating and it gives you a chance to sample food from the various places. The places have made one or several dishes that costs 100 kroner (which gives the name to the food festival) which is about 12 USD. You can check out the participating restaurant on http://100uga.no/ and check out the menu as well. Use this opportunity to check out new places in your local area!

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Gard
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Groovy – an American diner in Stavanger!

In the last year there has been a real hamburger trend in the area and you might have noticed my reviews about Døgnvill, Birger Burger and The Shack. In February 2017 it was time for a new restaurant opening in town: the diner called Groovy Burger & Dogs. It is located right on the city square (Torget) so I guess the location can’t get any better. When I walked in there it was like being teleported back to what I imagine diners used to look in the USA in the 1950’s and 1960’s (at last from what I have seen in Back to the future movies). There were checkered flooring, red leather bar stools and some tacky scenes of classical movies.

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But the interior doesn’t really matter as long as the food is good! The menu was already on the table when I sat down and the waiter came to take my order soon after. They have burgers, hotdogs, ribs and fries on the menu and I decided to go for “A Big Hunk O’Love” – the burger with cheese, bacon, pickles, caramelized onion etc. I was also tempted to try out fries and decided to go for the sweet potato fries. It was a bit strange that the waiter didn’t ask how we wanted the burger fried and when it was served it seemed to be well done. But it didn’t really matter – the burger was excellent. The meat was juicy and I loved the sweetness of the caramelized onion on the burger. The fries were fresh and tasty – I seem to have a problem getting this right when I try to make it at home. They also have desserts on the menu including shakes but I did not get to test them out this time.

Groovy also have a license to serve alcohol and they had a few different kinds of beer on the menu and some sort of house wine.

I will definitely check out Groovy again soon. I would love to try out some of the other burger and a fries – and their desserts of course. Check out the Groovy homepage for more information about their food and drinks!

 

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Gard
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Saturday, January 7, 2017

På Kornet: new gastropub in Stavanger

På Kornet is a brand new place in Stavanger – it opened in the beginning in January and it is located in the same place as Nero used to be (or Cartellet if you remember that far back). På Kornet aims to be a gastropub and while that term has not been used that often in Stavanger, there are places that try to combine a bar with food serving. In downtown Stavanger this has not been that successful in my opinion as most of the places seem to focus on the drinks and not the food. So for that reason I was excited to try out this new place!

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The old facilities of Nero has not been changed that much. But when you enter the place you now have a bar to the right and a chambre separee if you go further in. To the left you have the restaurant section with room for maybe 20 people or so. The bar section has simple furniture that allows you to sit down and enjoy the 20 beers that are on tap – or the selection that is on can/bottle.

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We had a table in the restaurant and the menu is short but included cod, pork, soup, ham and cheese and you can order the dishes in small portions (starters) or big portions. I decided to have some cured meat to start with, some cod and some potato soup. The cured meat was a fairly small portion but seemed to include some coppa, cured ham, salami sausage of some sort and it was served with good, fresh bread and a good soft butter. The cod that I had was great – served on bed of fried up leak and with a creamy sauce. It was so good that one of my friends decided to order a big portion after she had eaten the small portion. The potato soup was also good an apparently made with Lucky Jack beer and parmesan and gruyere cheese. I’m not sure that I tasted that but I enjoyed the bits of cured meat in the soup. One of my friends had the pork main meal and that seemed to be a generous portion. We rounded of by sharing some cheese – it was great to see that they had a good selection of different cheese and not only the most common ones.

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Conclusion: my first impression is very good and I look forward to see how this will develop. As a wine drinker I would of course like to see the option of more wine by the glass (there was only 3 options on the menu) but at least I see that they will have more or less weekly events for wine tasting and that it is great to see. All in all a good addition to the pub and bar scene in Stavanger. I hope that they will continue to focus on the food and change the menu frequently. Check out their homepage http://www.paakornet.no/ for more information.

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Gard
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Restaurants are closing!

It has been a challenging period for restaurants in Stavanger. With a decline in the oil price there has also been a decline in people going out to eat in Stavanger and that has influenced a lot of places. These are some of the places that have gone out of business or have chosen to close down in the last couple of years:

- Nero
- Cafe de France
- Mama Afrika
- Straen
- Timbuktu
- Le Café Francais
- Mathallen
- Kita (closing down December 22nd 2016)

But it is also good to see that new places are popping up: Basil & Co, Bar Social Eating, Mondo, The Shack, Villa 22, 26 North etc.

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Gard
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Excellent lunch at Mondo

We went to Mondo for lunch on a Tuesday and the place was pretty much empty. The menu is limited but there are good meat and fish options. I decided to have a duck confit and I was impressed by that. The portion was just right with the duck confit on top of a puree of potato and it was served with red cabbage stew and fried onions.

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I also decided to have a dessert as it was warm bread pudding served with ice. The warm pudding was served in a hot rock bowl by Odd Standard together with rum raisin ice cream and chocolate and caramel. All in all a very good meal in a beautiful and stylish restaurant Read more about Mondo on their homepage!

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Gard
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Sandnes Brygge–small portions and rare chicken

We went to Sandnes Brygge on a Friday night with friends. The Sandnes harbor area has gotten a bit of a makeover in the last few years and the place now looks modern and hip and there is also a choice of restaurant ranging from Mondo to Dolly Dimple pizza.

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The table was ready when we arrived and we received a hearty welcome. The place was bigger than it looks from the outside and the interior has modern decoration. There were also a lot of people and a great atmosphere. The tables were maybe a bit too close to each other at least compared to what we are used to here in Norway. We got the menus right away from our surprisingly attentive waitress and we were a bit disappointed when we noticed that the menu was different from the one that is shown on their homepage. According to the web site the menu changes 4 times a year. I decided to go for a salt baked celeriac served with a mash of sweet potato to start with and Nikki went for Crudo – I guess their version of ceviche. As we enjoy our risotto we both decided to have chicken risotto as the main meal.

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It only took about 15 minutes to get the starter and the salt baked celeriac was presented in a delicate way. The taste was also good but the celeriac was quite salty so I think it would have been better to use a larger celeriac and bake it longer. The sweet potato puree had a great consistency and certainly stole the show. Nikki got her Crudo and that also looked like a good portion and again it was beautifully presented as the fish was decorated with edible flowers. But Nikki didn’t eat much of it – commenting that it smelt more than she would have preferred and was not quite the fresh fish taste she expected but the dressing was a good accompaniment. Usually the waiter will ask if something was wrong if a dish has basically been untouched but we did not get any questions.

The main meal was served 20 minutes later and it was a risotto with peas and chanterelles served with chicken breast on top. I think we were all a bit surprised as the portion was quite small. The risotto was good in taste but I would have enjoyed to see it more creamy and with less peas. There were large pieces of chanterelles which is good as they are in season now. My chicken was also quite good and I loved the chicken chips that were served on the side. I think the chicken chips were just chicken skin that was salted and fried. Nikki got a bit larger chunks of chicken and they seemed to be rare in the middle and due to this she sent it back to the kitchen. She got it back after a few minutes but it was still quite rare from the looks of it so again she ended up just enjoying the rest of her risotto. We were also quite amused to see the generous helpings of wine – not very usual in Norway.

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We decided to skip dessert as we were going to the movies. My starter was pretty good and the main dish was not bad either – even if the portion could have been a bit more sizable. Nikki didn’t seem that lucky as she only tasted the starter and she chose not to take a chance with the chicken. I think it would have been great if the waitress had shown some interest when she saw that we basically sent back the entire starter and didn’t eat the chicken that was served with the main meal. We have mixed feelings about this place. The atmosphere and service in general were commendable. We would certainly consider giving it another try and it’s great to see that Sandnes has a variety of restaurants to offer. Check out the restaurant homepage on http://sandnes-brygge.no/

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Gard
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