To run a restaurant at such a high level as the one Michelin-starred Nordic fine dining restaurant Re-naa in Stavanger is extremely costly. That’s when having a less formal sister restaurant and even a café that supplies freshly baked bread and sweets is a stroke of genius. Why don’t more restaurants in Norway do this? However, Renaa Matbaren is not just any old side project, it’s a remarkable eatery on its own. I dare to say they serve the best Danish-style smørrebrød in Norway! The style and quality even reminded me of the best open-faced sandwiches from Copenhagen – the ones you get from top places like Aamanns and Palægade.
On the blackboard this afternoon was also a veal chop with truffle, served with a linguini pasta with egg cream and even more truffle. In addition, I had a taste of the whole cooked mountain trout with butter, green herbs, and confit lemon peel. The flavors of the latter brought me straight back to my childhood, when we enjoyed fresh fish from the waters of Årdal in Ryfylke and my great grandmother would cook it up country style. Renaa Matbaren may be a casual bistro, but the cooks aren’t holding back on anything. Go here for lunch or dinner – it’s easily the best-value-for-money eatery in Stavanger.
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