Saturday, September 20, 2014

Reopening of Deja Vu

IMG_8915We have been to Déjà vu before as you can see from this review. Recently the place reopened after being refurbished. We stopped by for lunch on a Saturday in September and it is still located at the same place in the small mall Magasin Blaa. It looks great after the upgrade and there are more tables and the place have become a lot lighter and modern. They have stuck to the same concept as before – meaning that it is both a diner and a catering company and IMG_8914you can also buy various products there. As we came in the was a sign with the specials of the day but the menu seemed to be very similar or identical to the old one – or maybe it was just déjà vu (OK, I admit that it was not a very original joke). I decided to go for a Parma salad and Nikki went for chicken satay. I had to order by the counter but the service was very good and it didn’t take long before we got the food even if the place was quite full. The parma salad was pretty good with thick slices of parma ham, small mozzarella balls, olives, tomatoes, melon etc. It was a pretty large portion but as I was starving that was not a problem Smile Nikki got the satay served with noodles and a salad on the side. The satay was a bit on the dry side…or maybe II ‘m just a bit spoiled as I just had excellent satay in Malaysia.

IMG_8912All in all it is still a good option for a lunch in Stavanger – but I’m still not crazy about the location as it is right by one of the entrances to Magasin Blaa so in the winter you will feel a bit of a draft coming in. I also think they should have used the opportunity to  change the menu a bit to celebrate the new facilities. Check out their homepage for more information.

Regards
Gard
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Aperitivo in Stavanger

IMG_8902If you have been to Italy you might have noticed that there is a tradition for something called “aperitivo”. This means that you go to a bar in the afternoon and order a pre-dinner drink and you get snack as a part of the deal. If you are not careful you end up spoiling the dinner plans as there can be a lot of delicious snack available. If you do go to aperitivo in Italy remember to try out the Aperol Spritz by the way. Check out this trip report from Bologna to read more about the Italian way of life Smile

Anyway – it is now possible to get a slice of Italy in Stavanger. Renaa Xpress in Sølvberget. If you go there on a Friday night from 7 to 9 you can just buy an alcoholic drink and then you get a platter of a pasta, some sausages, salad and bread and you can help yourself to pizza that are being made in the wood fired oven. I think there was only two types of pizza being made when we were there – the Tante Margrete (the pizza margherita Renaa style) and Emilia Romagna – a pizza with parma ham, tomato and ricotta. The Tante Margrete pizza is excellent! All in all I think this must be one of the best kept secrets in Stavanger when it comes to eating out. Where else can you buy a glass of red wine and eat as much as you want? So next time you go to the movies on a Friday night be sure to stop by Renaa Xpress Winking smile

You can read more about Renaa Xpress on their homepage and you can also check out the evening menu.

Regards
Gard
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