My mother and I ate at Bastant about 5 times during our 2 week stay in Bergen - it was just the best place for good value soup and coffee/tea. And also great for vegetarians, as it can be hard to find good vegetarian food in Norway (all over the world, really). The soups are great - very good flavour (not too salty - a pet peeve of mine with soup), the bread also very moist and tasty - and the panini is also very good. The coffee - and tea - is top notch and the brownies very good also (if you like them very fugdy!).
The music was always spot on - not too loud, but it had a lot of presence - the whole place has a laid-back, cool vibe. There was only ever one person on staff - so when it's busy, it's not the fastest service in the world - but meticulously done every time, no matter the pressure, which I really appreciate. It's not a big place, but we never had a problem getting a table - it should be more popular, but in some ways I'm glad it wasn't as it could easily get overcrowded!
Overall, it was the best value for money food we found in Oslo and Bergen - great quality, a nice atmosphere in the small cafe, and really not expensive. I'm glad we found it!
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