For background information and details on the Ægir Brewery and Pub see my separate review on the pub/brewery part of the business.
The restaurant forms the upper level of the old Norse/Viking styled building though the traditional décor is less obvious in the restaurant than it is in the bar/brewery making me think that the restaurant was a later loft conversion, if you like.
We went to the restaurant for dinner.
The food and drink we had were both fantastic and the service was reasonable. In six weeks travelling in Northern Europe this was one of, if not, the best meals we had. It was also possibly the most expensive but this is Norway so enough said about that!
The Viking themed menu was extensive and everything sounded delicious making it very difficult to choose. Perhaps we didn’t want to choose as we had both eyed the Ægir Viking Plank on the menu when we had visited the pub earlier in the day.
This was a five plate offering with matching beers. All five plates came on one long dish and we worked our way through them from left to right.
We started with a prawn/shellfish starter and proceeded though smoked reindeer, shellfish and fish soup, pork shank and finished with a chocolate ganache cake with Lynchburg Natt. Lynchburg Natt, for the uninitiated (as I was), is a stout, aged in Jack Daniels barrels and an ingredient in the cake.
Each of the plates was accompanied by a Ægir Brewery handcrafted beer – as such we had, in order, a Witbier (white beer), a Rallar Amber Ale, a Boyla Blonde Ale, a Lindisfarne Scotch Ale and finally, with the chocolate ganache cake, a Sumbel Porter.
Each and every one of the plates and each accompanying beer was delicious and could not be faulted. If I may say so, we had chosen well.
Lest you think we pigged out, each dish was not a full course in itself nor was each beer a pint! All up the full meal probably equated to a large two course meal with a pint of beer.
The Viking Plank with beers cost NOK480 per person in August 2015.
Great as the meal was, there was one important negative that I feel I must mention least it be sprung on you too, unawares.
We had tried to book a table earlier in the day only to be told that bookings were only taken for large groups with others being admitted on a first come first served basis.
Accordingly, we returned at around 7pm and were asked to wait in the bar until a table was ready. No problem there. About half an hour later we were asked to come up stairs to the restaurant. We were surprised, or rather shocked, when we were placed at a table with two other diners. The least staff could have done would be to have asked us if this was acceptable prior to putting us on the spot at the table. As the restaurant was full, mainly tour groups, and we didn’t want to wait again we didn’t complain. As it turned out the couple we were placed with were close to finishing their meal and were very pleasant company – but that’s not the point.
At the prices they charge here I would expect a private table.
Would I go back. Absolutely Yes.
Lest my main picture confuse you – the Ægir Brewery Restaurant is part of the Flamsbrygga Hotel Group.
June to August – Daily
Lunch: 1200hrs – 1600hrs
Dinner: 1800hrs – 2200hrs
Outside this the hours are rather variable so I suggest you refer to the the pubs website for up to date information.
Address: Centre of Flam