Tucked in the center of picturesque Bergen, Potetkjelleren more than merits its reputation as a local favorite. True to the meaning of its name (“Potato Cellar” in Norwegian), the two dining rooms are below ground in stone walled storage cellars. Candlelight gives a romantic air to this quirky yet cozy environment, which is better suited for romantic rendez-vous or convivial fun with friends than family dining. Service is stellar and menus come with 3, 4, 5 or 6 course options, each beginning with an additional amuse bouche.
This is contemporary Norwegian cooking at its finest with a focus on fresh seafood – not difficult since it’s just steps away from the local fish market. Typical dishes include monkfish ceviche, expertly poached halibut or spicy glazed duck breast. While desserts such as chocolate mousse with pistachio ice cream shine, the cheese plate is particularly impressive. The selection is mainly French and each one is served at just the right moment of ripeness. Go all out and choose the wine pairing with your menu and you won’t be disappointed by the sommelier’s interesting and excellent picks.
Prices are around $165 USD for three courses with wine pairings and an aperitif, well worth it in a country where you often pay as much or more for a mediocre experience. Reservations are recommended especially in busy summer months when the sweet courtyard terrace opens up.
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This is a guest post by Forest Collins who writes for 52Martinis, a popular blog in search for the finest cocktails in Paris.
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