Stavanger, Norway’s new culinary city
The oil city of Stavanger has only 128,000 residents, but they must be fairly happy with the food. Yesterday, the city gained its second star in the Guide Michelin. Sushi restaurant Sabi Omakase (Pedersgata 38, www.omakase.no) was the proud recipient.
“It sounds sick: A Michelin star on Pedersgata. We’re sat right between Love Shop and a kebab house. It’s laughable, and there were plenty of people who did just that when we opened up on Pedersgata,” Njål Gaute Solland, one of the founders of Sabi Omakase, tells Stavanger Aftenblad. “This gives Stavanger a real boost as a culinary city.”
The restaurant was awarded the star because they use fantastic ingredients and because the food is exceptionally prepared using modern methods.
Stavanger’s first star was earned by the Re-naa restaurant last year. One star in the Michelin Guide means “exceptionally good restaurant in its category.” As well as these two stellar restaurants, Stavanger has several other eateries worth a visit if you happen to be in this west coast city.
Tango Bar og kjøkken
Norwegian restaurants with stars in the 2017 Michelin Guide
Maridalsveien 15 a, Oslo
Re-naa, Stavanger *
Steinkargata 10, Stavanger
Rådhusgata 11, Oslo
This is a restaurant with a bar and a summer terrace. They describe their food as “Rough fine dining” and it’s prepared using seasonal ingredients. A five-course daily menu is available with a price tag of NKr750. There’s also a daily menu with cheese for NKr865. Wine pairings cost NKr595 and NKr710 respectively. The restaurant’s champagne lunch has also become a very popular option. You can enjoy cocktails, sparkling wine or beer at the bar and also choose from the delicious dishes on their à la carte menu.
Nedre Strandgate 23-25, Stavanger
This place has a fish counter called Torjå that sells freshly caught seafood, while their restaurant is called Vågen and serves the day's catch at lunch and dinner. Check out Vågen’s Facebook page for details of the day’s menu. Former Norwegian culinary team chef Karl Erik Pallesen is the man in charge here.
This Italian restaurant ranks high on the list of Stavanger’s best restaurants, at least according to the voters at Byas.no, which is published by Stavanger Aftenblad. They serve genuine Italian cuisine, so expect wonderful cured meats, perfect pasta and fine wines, all in an informal setting. VG scored the restaurant 6 out of 6.
Fish & Cow
A modern brasserie with food based around local ingredients. Their pride and joy is the entrecôte, which is aged on site, but as the name suggests, there’s plenty of fish on the menu too. You should also check out the week’s three-course menu, which costs between NKr395 and NKr495.
This restaurant is on the same street as Re-naa and has been highly praised on TripAdvisor. “Excellent”, “simple” and “creative” are just some of the words that feature in its reviews. They offer tasting menus and organic wines. One of the chefs at Egget, Tony J. Martin, is also on the Norwegian culinary team. PS: This is not the kind of restaurant that has white tablecloths.
“Welcome to a culinary evening with us” is what is says on Re-naa’s website. Chef Sven Erik Renaa’s “studio” has room for 20 diners, who are served produce from Rogaland. The restaurant was awarded one star in the Michelin Guide in 2016 and was able to keep it in the 2017 edition. There’s an informal bistro called Re-naa Matbaren at the same address.
Kilde: Region Stavanger
Tekst: Inga Ragnhild Holst