Renee Fagerhoei

Trash culture. Fast food. Rock’n’Roll. Reneé Fagerhoei turns her childhood dreams into delicious reality at restaurant, Bula Neobistro. The Norwegian Top Chef winner was brought up on a strict vegetarian diet, but today cooks and celebrates food that is as fun, imaginative and free-spirited as her personality. Her recommendations on where to eat, drink and party in Medieval city, Trondheim, are no exception.
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Reimagining Fast-Food Culture

I want to first suggest my restaurant Bula Neobistro. Always playful and inspired by imagination, we use humour, elements of junk food, trash culture and art to celebrate our boundless neo-cuisine. We offer a five- or 10-course experience, but we also have a small, cozy bar – that doesn’t take reservations, only drop-ins – with eight pink velour seats. Guests can settle in or stop by for an interesting menu of small dishes and snacks, a good wine selection seasonal cocktails and our own draft beer, Bula pils.

Where You’ll Find Me After A Long Day

For big punchy flavours and surprises I like going to Kraft Bodega. Chef Thomas Borgan’s innovative dishes never fail to impress me. Eating a few dishes at the bar on my own after a long day is one of my favourite things to do. They also offer an intense and good value wine list.

Punks, Tacos And A Great Margarita

Taqueros is a small taco shop in an area of Trondheim where you find a lot of skater kids, punks, political activists, artists, musicians and drunks. I love this part of town for owning its unique identity and vibe. Taqueros is a self-made place with great margaritas, tacos and interiors.

A Book Shop – In A Cafe – In A Restaurant

Sellanraa, right next to the public library and art gallery, is a great spot for coffee or lunch. Sellanraa is actually the name of Isac Sellanraa’s farm in the famous book Markens Grøde by Knut Hamsun: one of my favourite authors of all time. As the name suggests, this place has a very famous farm-to-table kind of philosophy. It has homemade natural sodas, delicious coffee and classic Norwegian open-face sandwiches on rye bread with toppings like local cheese, eggs and smoked fish.

Sundays Are For Thai Food

Sundays are for Thai food in Trondheim. Bangkok Cafe and Benja Siam are good options here.

Comforting Dishes Inside A Neighbourhood Favourite

The simplicity of traditional Norwegian food is something I can miss when travelling. Like good sourdough bread with salted butter and brown cheese, or just boiled fresh cod with melted butter, carrots and potatoes. These types of very simple, but incredibly comforting dishes can be difficult to find in the restaurant scene of Trondheim, but one place that offers a daily special that is often also very traditional, is a super cozy restaurant called Kalas & Canasta. The location of the restaurant is in Bakklandet, a charming part of town with old wooden houses and brick roads. Here you’ll also find a tiny florist called Bakklandet Blomster. It has a really cool vibe and a unique selection of green plants and flowers.

An Institution Returns

During the last year or so, the Britannia Hotel has reopened. It was an institution in Trondheim for many years, and has educated some of Norway’s best chefs. It was also where I did my 2 years of training before doing my exam and getting my chef diploma. The hotel has been refurbished in the most extravagant art deco style. The house includes a steakhouse where you grill your own steak right at the table, a classic French brasserie and Speilsalen: an ambitious fine dining restaurant with a large chef table counter run by bocuse d’or chef Christopher Davidsen.

Trondheim’s Finest Fine Diners

For fine dining experiences you should look at Røst Teaterbistro, Fagn and Credo.

A Scenic Experience

A really nice thing to do in Trondheim is to head to a spot called Ladekaia: a big beautiful bar by the seaside. The location is really unique and it’s a nice place to simply enjoy good filter coffee, cinnamon buns and sandwiches. Sometimes they have concerts or events on so keep an eye out for this too.

My Favourite Bars

Spontan is the only wine bar in town with a big natural wine list. They also have an insanely good-value four-course dinner and offer wine tastings by the glass every Wednesday for a cheap price. Tyven is a live music bar with a cool vibe and one of very few places that actually offers exposure opportunities for up-and-coming bands and artists. A good way to support the local community. For the best cocktail in town you have to go to Raus. No doubt! Another cool bar to check out is Bar Moskus: a tiny bar spinning vinyl and serving great drinks.  

Where The Industry People Drink

Dark and gritty with a rock’n’roll vibe, Cirkus is the spot for those late-night kamikaze shots. The playlist promises loads of people-pleasers and sing-alongs like Rage Against the Machine and Iron Maiden. This place is a popular hang-out for those that work in the restaurant industry on Sundays.

Our Beloved Dive-Pub

If you just want to experience the real tackiness of the culture of Trondheim – go on, you know you want to – visit Kieglekroa, the oldest pub in town. It’s brown and smells of chlorine, but you will almost always find the team of Bula here after we close the restaurant during the weekends.

Guide last updated March 2020

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