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“Surpassed Expectations” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hvelvet

Hvelvet
Stortorget 1, Lillehammer, Norway
90729100
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Ranked #3 of 42 Restaurants in Lillehammer
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Houston
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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“Surpassed Expectations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

When I arrived in Lillehammer, I never imagined that we would come across such a fine restaurant.

The restaurant is housed in what used to be a bank. Hence the name "Hvelvet" which translates to "The Vault". In the menu, you will find an interesting story about how that very building held within its walls all of the gold in Norway during World War II to prevent Germany from stealing it when they invaded Norway. That alone gave the place an interesting ambience. But it's not all in the history. The facade of the building is magnificent, and the interior decor is both trendy and cozy.

We had the four course menu. We started off with a delicious artichoke and chorizo soup. Followed by crispy seabass and artic scallops (one of my favorite seafood dishes I've had). Then veal with coles. For dessert, I was very pleasantly suprised by the pecan cake with forest berries and rum butternut ice cream. It was a very hearty finish to a fantastic meal. The flavors were reminiscent of pecan pies in the southern United States, but with just the right level of sophistication and aesthetic plating.

The service was good for Norway, though not as good as a high class restaurants in the US. And the prices were quite reasonable (for Norway).

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
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English first
South Ohio, NS
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Historic setting matched by fine food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

A pleasant, unexpected surprise as we strolled the streets on an August evening. The atmosphere was generally charming and historic, although some decour a bit over the top. Our meals were excellent on all courses. Service was pleasant but not as attentive as we would have liked considering only one other table was being served at the time.
Price (by Norway standards) was reasonable for the quality of dining experience. Would definitely return to try more menu options.

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edinburgh
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“The Best Banking Experience I've Ever Had!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

This old bank has been beautifully converted into a relaxed but exquiste restuarant. Although
eating out is an expensive past time in Norway, this restaurant delivered solid gold cuisine on every course.

We did not begrudge one penny aa we were looked after very well, by friendly staff without that encroaching feeling you get. The decor and the whole ambience was perfect. Warm, welcoming and if I'm around there in the future it will be a must!

We were a little worried about going inside due to the grandeur of the entrance, and being unsure if it was going to be stuffy or too a la carte but it was simply awesome.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Geilo
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Nice restaurant - with a special and unice history..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

Very friendly staff - in the middle of Lillehammer.
If you in the weekend - call to make reservation to be sure..

Visited April 2012
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Lillehammer, Norway
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“UNSURE ABOUT THE FOOD!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

I am back again, this time after a great evening with collegues, with candles on the table, in a chambre separe. We had lots of food and wine, and it tasted quite good. But was the food good enough for 4 stars? No! The soup tasted very good, but the fish as a starter did not meet my expections! Also the main meatdish was rather dull, even if it looked good!

The service, though, the whole atmosphere and the place itself - in doubt - makes it totally 4- points.

Now it is important to speed up the good work for the special food....

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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