Yesterday, Jan and I enjoyed an early Sunday dinner in Osøyro.
I had noticed the charming Kafè Engeline tucked into a cozy part of Osøyro on the Oselva (Os River) when we were at a street market a couple months ago – along the lines of the ones I griped about earlier, but not near as busy, chaotic, or overwhelming … in other words, much more personal and enjoyable! I mentioned the cafe looked like the perfect place to go.
Jan had lunch there during one of his outings a couple weeks later, and said it was delicious. And so we made plans to go for their Sunday dinner yesterday.
This little treasure should be considered for a place on the official Bergen-area tourist map (if there is such a thing). It’s a local place, and you really get the flavor of the area! (Pun intended?)
An updated, modern interior combined with comfy furniture of tables and chairs felt as if I was being welcomed into someone’s home. There is a big dining room table and chairs that would have been appropriate in my Mom and Dad’s old formal dining room. Several sofa-type chairs centered around a low coffee table were tucked into a corner – perfect to sit and enjoy afternoon tea and conversation.
The table Jan and I sat at was an old pine table, ideal for two people. At one time it had been painted white (probably a casualty of a generation or two ago, when everyone covered up the beautiful wood grain of their furniture), but it has since been stripped and sanded and varnished for protection – with enough of the white paint showing in the deeper grain to give a glimpse of its history.
I wondered: decades ago, where had this table been? What other conversations had taken place over its old top?
Our view from that table was acceptable. 😉
While sitting at our table I saw a fish jump out of the corner of my eye. After that one jump, I only saw the widening circles of fish coming up to grab an insect before diving under again – they wouldn’t break the water for their photo op. Maybe next time?
For Americans, Kafè Engeline would be the epitome of a small restaurant with real home cooking. Their Sunday menu yesterday included three traditional Norwegian meals, a children’s menu, a nice little wine list, yummy desserts, and delicious coffee!
The menu for this particular Sunday was Pork Roast with homemade sauerkraut and veggies (Jan’s choice – but I snuck some of his sauerkraut – yum!), Beef Ragu with potatoes and veggies (my choice), and Salmon with a cucumber salad and sour creme.
Jan and I both love to cook, and enjoy experimenting in the kitchen. When we go out to eat in Bergen we have our favorite Asian, Spanish, Irish and gourmet restaurants. In six and a half years here, I don’t think I have ever had honest-to-goodness, genuine Norwegian cooking – it was a first for me!
Especially after our recent trip to London, and because we’ve only lived in this area for a couple of months now, I saw everything through “tourist” eyes. It was a wonderful afternoon! Great food, friendly server, good conversation with Jan, a wonderful location … and after dinner, time out on the deck and then a short walk up the Os River as it made its way towards Bjørnefjord, was the perfect ending.
The seagulls thought so too (but they didn’t need to get a taxi):