Michelin stars to Norway

Restauranten UnderLindesnes.Restaurant Under in Lindesnes.Photo: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB scanpix

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Bare Restaurant in Bergen and Under in Lindesnes each secures a star in the Nordic Michelin guide. Monday’s ceremony became a bit of a starry night for Norway.

Stars have reached Oslo, Trondheim and Stavanger.

In advance, however, there was extra excitement about whether Bergen would get its first Michelin restaurant, and it got it.

– “It was time,” said chef Kristian Bretten Vangen of Bare Restaurant from the stage when he received the award. He took the opportunity to boast of local produce.

“We love the west coast of Norway,” he said.

The restaurant is located in Bergen’s Stock Exchange building.

The underwater restaurant reached up
Below in Lindesnes was also honored with a Michelin star, less than a year after it opened as Europe’s first underwater restaurant.

Oslo, which previously has three one-star restaurants, got another one on the team: Omakase. The sushi restaurant where Vladimir Pak swings the knife was something of a surprise, as the name was not to be found among the aforementioned favorites.

However, it was the mirror room at the Britannia hotel in Trondheim, and the predictions struck.

– “A dream has come true,” says chef Christopher Davidsen, who previously won silver in the Bocuse d’Or chef competition.

He is pleased to have brought home a Michelin star, less than a year after the restaurant opened.

Trondheim had its breakthrough in this connection last year, when Fagn and Credo acquired the city it’s first two Michelin awards.

Two-star cheers in Stavanger
In Stavanger there was also reason to cheer. There the restaurant Renaa climbed from one to two stars.

Norway’s only three-star restaurant Maaemo is not included in this year’s Nordic guide. That’s because the restaurant closed in December to relocate. It opens again on its new premises on February 24.

International director of Michelin stars Gwendal Poullenc on Monday could tell that their inspectors have already secured a table reservation in the new restaurant, but would not reveal when they arrive.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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