From the White Guide Nordic 2018:

Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri

Very Fine Level 73
Food rating:29/40Service rating:16/20
BarChambre separéeBar menuBanqueting roomsTables outsideRooms available
  • Address: Postboks 33, 5399 Austevoll
  • Phone: +47 55 08 42 40
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  • Seats: 84
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun noon-10 PM

Old Nordic cuisine

Austevoll is the home of Bocuse d’Or winner Ørjan Johannessen and his renowned chef and brother, Arnt Johannessen. Together they run the kitchen at Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri where their parents cooked throughout their childhood. After arriving on this small haven of an island, you quickly realize that there is nowhere you would rather be. The view is stunning and some of what’s swimming nearby will later appear on your plate. When booking a table for dinner here, make sure you also have a bed for the night. You do not want to hurry back to catch the last ferry, nor will you want to drive home, because the wines are interesting, priced so you feel like you're getting value for money, and definitely worth the stay. For the best experience, book a room in the main building. This is also where you’ll find the best ambiance for dinner. The evening starts with a langoustine that has barely touched the grill. It has an intense flavour that works well with the cauliflower cream, and it’s light as a cloud with a velvety texture. This is just the beginning of the local produce that leads us down a steady and traditional path along the west coast of Norway. Next up is pollock, a fish historically used as bait in Norway. It is served with a fresh riesling foam, peas and sauerkraut. We carry on with a smooth and soft monkfish before arriving at the most tender lamb meat imaginable – we barely need our teeth to chew. The sweet, intense sauce is made from a local recipe and has been reduced for three days. The waiter attends to us throughout the evening with unique dedication and knowledge, and a lifetime of experience to share. We especially enjoy his expertise when it comes to the wine, juice and coffee, all of which have a clear thought behind them. Dining at Bekkjarvik is an old-school,classic experience, with waiters in uniforms and tables covered with white linen...

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