Below Ground Dining at Potetkjelleren Restaurant: Bergen

Potetkjelleren Restaurant Bergen

Potetkjelleren Restaurant Bergen

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.

Potetkjelleren
Kong Oscars Gt. 1 A
5807 Bergen
Norway
http://www.potetkjelleren.no/

This is a guest post by Forest Collins who writes for 52Martinis, a popular blog in search for the finest cocktails in Paris.

[Photo credit: ©  Forest Collins – All rights reserved]

9 Comments

  • January 10, 2011

    Cathy Sweeney

    I’m ready to place my order! This sounds like a wonderful place for atmosphere and great food.

    • January 11, 2011

      Corinne

      Make it a table for two! I like the idea of being below ground and dining on such good food.

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  • January 10, 2011

    Forest

    Thanks for letting me put in my two cents on this restaurant! Loving the new site!

    • January 11, 2011

      Corinne

      My pleasure :) Thank you for this delicious contribution!

  • January 12, 2011

    Chris

    What a little gem of a place! I especially like the sounds of the monkfish ceviche. Not a fish I often find on menus where I’m from.

    • January 13, 2011

      Corinne

      I know what you mean. The monkfish we get in Australia is far different in taste and texture to what I’ve had in Europe, a poorer cousin.

  • January 13, 2011

    Krista

    What a lovely spot! We are hoping to take a family trip to Norway in a year or two, and I KNOW my family would adore this. :-)

    • January 13, 2011

      Corinne

      That would be great! :)