Sep 25, 2011

Eating out in Stavanger.... Come on we can do better!

You know I like good beer, but that doesn't stop there, I am a bit of a foody, I love good food, good drink and good style. So After what I ate last night and having gone through this before... I have a question for Norway...
Why do you let so many horrible restaurants stay open by returning to them when the quality is so bad and the price is so ridiculously high?

Therefore I want to start my own honest review on eating establishments I visit. I will give you my honest opinion from my view.

I haven't gone out too much in Stavanger but I have gone out to most places and some are better than the others but mostly the level of food quality in town is low. But then there are a few that stand out and my head is spinning wondering why this place is still in operation...

Last night me and a few friends wanted to eat at Rena one of Stavangers more solid food establishments however we didn't have a table so we found a place nearby Amici... (Linked)


We were greeted by an overly friendly plump middle eastern fellow, I think either turkish or Moroccan... He did try to play it off with his use of 'Grazie' now and then but it wasn't working for me of course. We were in seven persons and he made an effort to squeeze us into a table meant for 4. So far I appreciated his effort to please his customers.

Then we got the menu.

WTF? It read like this: (I can do it from memory because this is the time the fear set in, and if it were not for the shear amount of hunger we felt we would have left then and there)

All had their english translation below...

Antipasti -480 kr

Insalata caprasi 280 kr

Pasta del giorno 280 kr

Carne del giorno 280 kr

Pesce del giorno ?kr

I asked the waiter ( a polish lady) what the pesce del giorno is, she said ' it the fish of the day'... I think she figured I simply didn't understand what pesce del giorno meant, not that I wanted to know what the fish was that day... chuckle

We then had the attention of the plump middle eastern man again he came and made many of us move to different spots around the table so we can fit better to the environment around us (so the waiters can squeeze around our chairs )

The wine was brought and it was a fairly decent Nero di Avola from Sicily didn't catch the name it was too dark to read it. But it's hard to find a bad Italian wine...

The food, the man suggested that we all eat family style to make it easier on the kitchen. We all agreed that this was a good idea.

After a while came some cheeses and a few rolled up cuts of Salami piccante and some prosciutto. All pretty good. A little bit of insalata not so great too much cheap vinegar in it in my opinion...

Let the feast begin! And you know it's a top quality restaurant when they use plates from Ikea... The waiter brought out 4 plates with about one serving each per plate, a measly looking chicken thigh and leg with a few broiled potatoes, a plate of over cooked pasta (Penne with some pepperonata and what seems to be tomato sauce made from tomato paste and water... A plate of meatballs which were clearly bought in and horrible, covered in the same tomato paste and water sauce. And surprisingly edible plate of the pesce del giorno which my pregnant girlfriend kept for herself..

In the end we were thankful that they gave us such a small amount of food, we actually left most of it. the bill was under 3000 kr...


Overpriced and horrible food, overly friendly front man.... This place would not last a month in New York or London. I am sorry Stavanger people you need to stop going back to these places so unsuspecting foreigners like myself wont be so disappointed. Or simply so the advancement of good taste can evolve here in town. Take your pick.

Even though this place is one of the worst places I have ever ate at here in Stavanger, it is not on the top of my worst list... the worst of the worst here in stavanger is easily Emilios tapas house Absolute disappointment here, the worst thing is that the owner appeared to actually be Spanish, he should hang his head in shame for the trash he is passing off as tapas... and he should be arrested for robbing his customers... thats all I need to say about that place... don't go and I hope to see its early demise so that something good can arise in its place.

One of my favorite eats in town is India Tandori restaurant They are doing it right! Only thing I would change is the beer selection... They need some Lucky Jack to go with that great spicy food they serve up!


Belligero said...

Amen, brother.

Joel said...

Mike - just started reading your blow - am a home brewer from oz living in sunny Stavanger.
Love your beers (especially lucky jack and the NZ hops of betty brown).
Good restaurant in Stavanger is Kiellands (on Breivatnet - the lake in town).
Keep on brewing!