BERGEN, Norway -- Wharfhouse No. 1 here serves up Norwegian seafood
and a portion of history behind its wooden door.
The 18th century building on the Hanseatic Wharf houses one of
Bergen's two main seafood restaurants, Enhjorningen (Unicorn).
Enhjorningen's whimsical interior features salmon-colored wooden
walls and exposed pipes painted red and green. The old wooden floor
slopes slightly, and lights hang from the pipes.
We dined on thick fish soup, pan-fried catfish with bacon and
champignon sauce and au gratin potatoes. Main courses range from
$23 to $33.
The restaurant also offers a daily lunch buffet with three
different versions of the salmon (smoked, steamed and marinated).
The dessert table, which our group dubbed "the Flan Buffet,"
typically offers four or five flavors of flan and sometimes a dish
During our visit to Norway, my group spied dozens of Norwegian
buffets throughout the country. Though typically found in hotels,
we also found these buffets in restaurants.
Other typical buffet items include reindeer, ham, beef,
sauerkraut, salad, shrimp salad, boiled potatoes, carrots and white