After 19 years of cooking Trondheim’s finest food at Credoveita and no sign of the Michelin guide, Chef Heidi Bjerkan took on the big task of moving her entire restaurant as well as its casual bistro Jossa, to a brand new venue at Lilleby. A good half-hour walk (or 10-minute drive) outside Trondheim city center, in an abandoned industrial workshop hall, Credo 2.0 finally got its long-awaited Michelin star in 2019. A champion of local produce and a pioneer of sustainable cooking, Bjerkan has won multiple prizes for the work she has done over the years, and she is often lauded as a great role model for aspiring female chefs in Norway.
The dining experience at the new Credo starts with snacks on a mezzanine lounge before guests go downstairs to the main dining room. Standout dishes include a bread serving with house-made lompe (potato pancake), sour cream and butter, and the signature blood pudding with crunchy sourdough and lingonberry. Service is a bit impersonal at times, and some dishes suffer from the wish to showcase everything local – sadly, some ingredients just aren’t delicious enough to carry the weight of a plate.
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