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).
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