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Your typical tourist trap. The servers are dressed in slapdash viking costumes, the walls have plastic shields and swords on them, and medieval, 'tribal' music drones over the speakers.
I'm confused, since it seems some effort was made as to the quality here -- the...beautiful photography online and the wrought-iron cutlery (which were hell to eat with!), not to mention the high prices for supposedly 'high-quality' produce.
'Oh, well,' I thought as I sat down. 'At least the food should be good.'
The main dish -- wild boar with barley risotto -- at an outrageous price of 370 kr might be the worst thing I've had at a restaurant, and certainly at this price. 'Maybe it's an authenticity thing,' I thought. 'The meat isn't seasoned since the vikings wouldn't have access to salt, or something.' Then I took a bite of the risotto... the salt was certainly not a scarcity.
Tough, wholly unseasoned boar with oversalted risotto didn't even work as a combo. I was methodically chewing (and chewing, and chewing) my way through my 370 kr experience thanking my stars this was, indeed, temporary. In another stroke of authenticity, there were barely any greens to lighten my spirit. My mother ordered the fish and that was better, although still not great.
I was nursing a headache at the end of it all. I genuinely think I would well up if you asked me to go back.
To my fellow Norwegians: Gjør som de stakkarene som så et faktisk vikingskip -- styr unna.More
We went for dinner at Valaskjalv last weekend. It was not a good experience. It took 20-30 minutes before the waiter took our order for drinks and food. After 40 minutes we got some half-dry bread and our drinks. Our appetizers came ofter 1 hour...waiting. The appetizers were OK, but not fantastic. The fish soup was not properly warm, and the fried cod tounges were soughy.
The waiter did not clear our table after the appetizer before the main course was served. We had to re-use our forks and knives from the appetizer for the main course. For main course we had long-roasted wild boar's neck, which was the least tender meat we have ever tried. This was served together with a tasteless barley risotto. The meat was so tough that our knives could not go through it. Overall it was bad service, bad food and I would not recommend this restaurant!More
Great food, great value for money in a thrilling atmosphere, super service with a great view. Love the stylish Viking interior and in particular the owner. He turns the entire place into a true Viking experience. An absolute "must-have-been-there".
It’s not easy to find “traditional” Norwegian restaurants. This one takes it to the extreme of the Viking “style”. Besides from being a very nice and “authentic” atmosphere the food is REALLY good and the staff very friendly attentive and knowledgeable.
A great way to...enrich your travel experience in Norway. Enjoy!More
My wife and I were tempted to visit this restaurant after seeing what dishes were on the menu. We went in and ordered a glass of mead and a beer to start with. When our waiter came back we ordered Long-fried wild boar neck, served...with barley risotto and Spicy "flat chicken" from meadow, with baked turnips and spice butter, served with root vegetables. Both dishes were tasty, tender and delicately presented. We ended the meal with a piece of Blackberry-tart, perhaps a viking style tart, but a little too dry for our liking.
We enjoyed our evening dinner here and we appreciated our service-minded waiter.More
We spent a few hours here eating in the middle of june, and I have to say this was an overall very nice experience.
First off, the atmosphere is dark and cozy, with a viking theme that might be a little bit cheesy to some,...but that we both found quite charming. The wooden benches with sheepskin are kinda hard and offer no back support, so for the older, frail person this might be a turnoff if spending a few hours here.
The server we had was friendly, with an easy going attitude aswell as a professionalism when it came to presentation of the meal, advice for combining drinks with the meal, and overall questions we had.
When we ordered, it became apparent that certain ingredients were lacking, hence not everything was available to order from the menu. According to the server this was a temporary problem, which shouldnt necessarily be a problem for readers of this review at a later date. We ordered a risotto for starters, which was entirely fine, but nothing to write home about.
For our main course we had a warrior plate, a combination of 5 different kinds of meat (plus a bonus surprise), root vegetables and risotto, with 3 different kinds of sauce. This might personally be one of the better restarant meat-dish experiences Ive had for some time, with plenty of food for us both. It was combined with a very good red wine as per recommandation, aswell as a glass of raspberry mead (to keep the viking theme rolling). 2 thumbs up. For dessert we had some kind of apple and pear based dish, which was a bit bland. That might be a personal preference, but could've wished for an option of something more traditional (cake, ice cream etc) if I were in charge.
Overall we had a blast here. Would recommend for others to try this place out.More
Nice location, atmosphere, music. Friendly service. We got very fond of our Viking waiter, wearing the viking clothes, an ax and a beard, who took pictures with us and even brought swards 😁 I really enjoyed the music: folk Scandinavian and sami. Really added to...the atmosphere!
We had a menu decided for us: the fish soup was a good starter, but wouldn't take it as a main. I got wild boar with vegetable puree, which was really good. My friend got fish that was too salted, but they took it away and brought new portion without salt. So thumbs up for that!
Wine was good. Unfortunately none of us eat honey, so we couldn't try the mjød.
For dessert we got baked apples with cinnamon, which was a nice ending of the meal, light and tasty.
All in all I can advise a visit to anyone who wants to get back in time, experience a piece of viking history and just good service and atmosphere :)More