From the White Guide Nordic 2018:
- Address: Havnegata 23 A, 9405 Harstad
- Phone: +47 95 09 09 11
- Web: umamiharstad.no
- Seats: 30
- Opening Hours: Tue–Sat 6 PM–midnight. Closed July, 22/12.2017-9/1.2018, 25/3-2/4.2018 Reservations Only
Great food from kind souls
The hospitality in the north of Norway has long been legendary, and no place is this more evident than in the town of Harstad. At Umami, Sigrid Rafaelsen and Kim-Håvard Larsen have perfected the art of northern hospitality so that dining at their small, reservation-only restaurant is like visiting two good friends – who also happen to be the best chefs in town. They run their restaurant with devotion, catering to their guests’ every need. Since it’s a small operation, they also clear tables, and pour and present the wine. They have a good and important relationship with the local cooking schools, bringing in apprentices and helping to recruit people to the industry. Umami offers classic and refined fine dining inspired by the region’s produce and the current season. It’s an admirable devotion, and their hard work is obvious by how great the food is here. Our meal starts off with a long string of appetisers. The first is a reindeer tartare served in a cylinder of spring onion pastry topped with ramson cream; it’s an umami-filled and refreshing way to begin the meal. We’re treated to a number of flavourful bites, like blini with vendace caviar, and king crab and Jerusalem artichoke soup. Next come ravioli filled with chicken confit and pickled pumpkin, cod with peas and onion and a delightful wild boar with cauliflower, beetroot and truffle jus. The chefs’ devotion to creating delicious dishes is never-ending, and we can’t wait until we have another chance to experience their northern hospitality...
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