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Marg & Bein in Bergen Nose-to-Tail at Casual Neighborhood Restaurant

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Restaurant Marg & Bein (marrow & bone) is a casual neighborhood restaurant with a nose-to-tail philosophy and a good selection of beer and natural wines. Head chef David McCarthy whipped up one delicacy after the other when I visited. Rustic, yet modern Nordic food, made from local and sustainable ingredients. A creamy mackerel salad with wild herbs and pickled vegetables, delectable crispbread with salty ramson butter, and braised ox cheeks with potato mash, burn carrots and crispy kale were the highlights. I expected the mackerel mousse to have a fishy flavor, but there was no trace of that – and the dish was very well-balanced. The crispbread was probably the best bread serving I had in Bergen – I could munch twice as many of these topped with salty herb butter. The signature bone marrow dish with red beets, cornichons & croutons was the biggest letdown – the beets were too acidic and killed the flavor of the bone marrow. However, a strong dish of ox cheeks with potato mash and gravy satisfied all my needs for fat, salt, and butter. Luckily, there was a buttermilk ice cream with brown cheese shavings, chocolate sauce, and hazelnuts to ensure a light finish. Oh, wait …

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

Marg & Bein in Bergen
Marg & Bein in Bergen
Smoked mackerel mousse with salad, croutons, and pickled vegetables
Smoked mackerel mousse with salad, croutons, and pickled vegetables
Crispbread with salty ramson butter
Crispbread with salty ramson butter
Black pudding (yes, that's blood), sweetbread, red onion marmalade & pickled greens.
Black pudding (yes, that’s blood), sweetbread, red onion marmalade & pickled greens.
Bone marrow, red beets, cornichons & croutons
Bone marrow, red beets, cornichons & croutons
Ox cheek, potato mash, kale, carrots, and ox jus
Ox cheek, potato mash, kale, carrots, and ox jus
Buttermilk ice cream with brown cheese shavings, chocolate sauce, and hazelnuts
Buttermilk ice cream with brown cheese shavings, chocolate sauce, and hazelnuts
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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