Dinner at Salmon Eye

Dinner at Salmon Eye

at Iris - Expedition Dining on 29 September 2023
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REKEBORD
Every summer Norwegians come together for the quintessential tradition of 'Rekebord literally translated to «Shrimp table», where we serve shrimp sandwiches with mayonnaise and lemon juice. However, recent scientific research from Norway and Sweden suggests depletion of the shrimp stock in the North Sea. In our Nordic food tradition it is not common to eat the variety of shells and mussels that live in our waters. Our rendition of the classic Norwegian rekebord replaces shrimp with some of the hidden secrets of the Norwegian coastal waters, mahogany clams and pullet carpet shell, and the condiments with some more local alternatives: gooseberry jus, ramson capers, bread made with oats & sheepsmilk butter.
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An incredible dinner last week at @iristherestaurant Iris in Rosendal, Norway, which is about 2.5 hours from Bergen driving including one or two (depending on your route) short car ferries. What I will say is that if you removed all the surrounding grandeur of the location and the experience, and just focused on the food that we ate, this was one of the most delicious and well structured menus that I’ve ever eaten. Of the 20 or so servings there was only one slightly weak dish (IMO) and even that was pretty good. They have only been open for three months and I must thank Hayley for discovering this restaurant that had not yet popped up on my radar. While there are clearly comparisons to be made between here and Alchemist in Copenhagen, we didn’t find the experience preachy in any way, but rather informative and thought provoking as I believe is the intent of both restaurants. Very highly recommended.
In their own words:
“Our location guides every step we take at Iris, and we want our guests to experience the fiord, the mountains, and the ever-changing elements in the same all-encompassing way that we do every day. Here, we have the great privilege of bringing our guests to the ingredients, instead of the other way around. The experience at Iris is, quite literally, a journey. It starts with a boat trip from the picturesque town of Rosendal, with a pit stop and welcoming snack at chef @ani.kamadsen Anika Madsen’s boathouse on the island of Snilstveitø