Bergen eatery features feast from sea

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 of berries.

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 rice.

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