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Colonialen Kranen in Bergen Norwegian Tapas Restaurant in an Old Crane

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Colonialen Kranen is situated a good 15 minutes walk from Bergen city center in an old crane (hence the name) which has been reconstructed to an elegantly-designed casual eatery with Scandinavian-style interior. Apparently, this used to be a busy industrial area, but today it’s all apartment buildings and hungry residents who need a neighborhood restaurant. Head chef Pablo Zotelo (originally from Argentina) whips up a fun selection of Norwegian tapas-style dishes with Latin-American influences. Highlights included tomatoes from Hanasand with mackerel and crispy bread, chicharron with apple salsa, and schnitzel with creamy potatoes and mustard seeds.

Looking for more great spots for food and drinks in Norway’s second capital? Check out my foodie map of Bergen.

Colonialen Kranen in Bergen
Colonialen Kranen in Bergen
The restaurant is located in this old crane!
The restaurant is located in this old crane!

Colonialen Kranen in Bergen

Colonialen Kranen in Bergen

A favorite Pet' Nat' from Casa Belfi
A favorite Pet’ Nat’ from Casa Belfi
Norwegian tapas at Colonialen Kranen
Norwegian tapas at Colonialen Kranen
Yellow carrots, cream cheese (on goat from Myrdal), chickpea frittata, kohlrabi, and puffed barley
Yellow carrots, cream cheese (on goat from Myrdal), chickpea frittata, kohlrabi, and puffed barley
Chicharron with green salsa
Chicharron with green salsa
Tomatoes from Hanasand, lovage, pickled red onion, and toasted sourdough bread
Tomatoes from Hanasand, lovage, pickled red onion, and toasted sourdough bread
Head chef Pablo Zotelo and our table host this afternoon
Head chef Pablo Zotelo and our table host this afternoon
Weingut Maria & Sepp Muster, Opok, Steiermark, Austria
Weingut Maria & Sepp Muster, Opok, Steiermark, Austria
Veal schnitzel, potato salad, mustard seeds, burnt onions & radishes
Veal schnitzel, potato salad, mustard seeds, burnt onions & radishes

Colonialen Kranen in Bergen

Butterscotch and salty fudge
Butterscotch and salty fudge

Colonialen Kranen in Bergen

Disclaimer

This was part of a sponsored trip by Visit Bergen. The sponsor had no influence on the content of this article. I received no monetary payment.

Anders Husa

I am Anders Husa – a foodie living in Oslo. I eat at the best restaurants in Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm and the major food destinations in the world. I share my foodie stories here.

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