Stavanger in Norway was the host city for this year’s launch of the MICHELIN Guide Nordic Countries 2021. The event, held on Monday 13th September, took place at Stavanger Concert Hall and was broadcast on television, in a show produced by Matkanalen, in collaboration with the county of Rogaland and the region of Stavanger.
Stavanger was founded in the 12th century and is situated on Norway’s south west coast. It is the country’s fourth largest city. The herring industry was the first to put it on the map, followed by shipbuilding and fish canning. However, the most recent expansion of the city owes much to the oil industry, which has been a key employer in the region since the 1960s.
The city and the wider region also attract plenty of tourists. Some come to spend time enjoying its cafés and coffee shops and strolling in Gamle Stavanger, the historic old town with its collection of restored wooden buildings dating from the 18th and 19th centuries; others come to admire the wharf houses and all that harbour life offers. Those wanting to see further afield can take a boat and explore the Lysefjord, hike to Pulpit Rock or discover the sandy beaches to the south.
Agriculture is also a major feature of the region. Markets, food festivals, lush landscapes, seas, lakes and fjords mean that this area has always been popular with foodies and chefs, thanks to its enviably good produce. Ask any Norwegian where the best ingredients come from, and they’re bound to mention Stavanger and the region of Rogaland.
Whether you’re in the city as an oil executive, a seafarer or a tourist, there are five restaurants recommended in the MICHELIN Guide that are well worth your attention:
This is the jewel in Stavanger’s culinary crown and reason enough alone to visit the city. Chef-owner Sven Erik Renaa has said “we have made it our life’s work to showcase this fantastic region on the plate”. His restaurant is a very stylish space, with the kitchen occupying centre stage. Chefs themselves bring their stunning creations to your table and explain what has gone into their construction. It holds Two MICHELIN Stars.
If you need further reminding about the wonderful quality of ingredients to be found in this part of Norway, then look no further than this sushi restaurant. Guests begin by sharing a drink with their fellow customers before climbing into their seats around the counter and watching the deft preparation of the sushi, which is often enhanced with some subtle modern touches. It holds One MICHELIN Star.
The kitchen excels at extracting maximum flavour from their ingredients, all of which are sourced from the local area. The three owners are also chefs and all pitch in, making this cosy restaurant a friendly and welcoming spot.
The chef-owner and her team not only prepare the food in their open kitchen but also serve the dishes. The menu is inspired by the seasons and they try to use each and every part of the ingredient. The restaurant is divided into two rooms and has an understated, contemporary look.
For those who like a little intimacy with their dinner, this diminutive restaurant may be just the ticket because it boasts just nine tables. It also comes with striking modern artwork. The dishes are visually appealing and creatively put together while offering clean, fresh flavours.
The city of Stavanger also sponsored this year’s MICHELIN Welcome and Service Award at the launch of the MICHELIN Guide Nordic Countries 2021. It went to the team at Finnjävel Salonki, in Helsinki, Finland for their attentive service and charming hospitality and was presented by the Mayor of Stavanger, Kari Nessa Nordtun.
The MICHELIN Guide Nordic Countries 2021 covers Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. This is the first year the Guide has been published in a digital format only – you can view the listings here on the website or on the free MICHELIN Guide iOS and Android apps.