In the heart of the city lies the fish market and the best place to eat in Bergen, Fjellskål Fisketorget, a fish & seafood lover’s true heaven!
Here you can find ANYTHING and everything, from reindeer to whale sausages and fresh seafood to eat in or take away. It truly is the best place to be if you wanna sample the local Norwegian cuisine.
We were invited to try the famous Luxury Seafood Platter at Fjellskål Fisketorget, a seafood store and restaurant that provides the BEST food experience in Bergen by giving you a glimpse into the authentic Norwegian cuisine with their products and food. The food is cooked in the open kitchen located just by their fish counters. Everything is fresh, delicious and the food was served on the table within less than 10′!
We started the tour by having a look at all of their products. They specialise in smoked, herring, salmon and trout and you can buy all of their products on the counter. If you are a foodie this is the best place to buy some souvenirs when in Bergen for yourself or family and friends!
Fjellskål Fisketorget offers a wide range of seafood and fish products. Through our travels we have been to many seafood markets in Greece, Italy, France and of course Scotland, but this has definitely been the most plentiful counter I have ever come across. Everything was fresh and sourced locally the same or previous day. Products sell out quickly so make sure to be quick and get something tasty while in Bergen.
We saw meaty crabs, fresh shrimp and king prawns, cockles, mussels, lobsters, any kind of shellfish I could imagine was there, lying in front of my eyes, fresh and ready to be eaten. My kind of heaven!
After the Crustaceans tour we were led to the fish counters. I could have never imagined that salmon can be served on so many different ways, with dill and mustard seeds, or smoked with peppers and lightly smoked with some delicious chutneys, there were at least 3 different flavours that took me by surprise.
While we took the tour around the counters, the very attentive and polite staff were adding and filling bits and parts to our seafood platter!
After the tour was over we were shown our table, a wooden table by the window doors overlooking the harbour. One thing that you notice once you step into the market is that it doesn’t have the awful smell of a fish market but rather a pleasant smell of food as the market has so many restaurants in it. With all these mouth-watering smells going around I could hear my stomach complaining and asking to try a bit of this deliciousness!
Our wonderful waiter served us their locally produced beer, especially made to accompany the seafood dishes. It was light and very refreshing, just what you need when eating fish! This beer is served only in Fjellskål Fisketorget, so it is an added bonus for visitors to come in the restaurant and try it!
Soon after that we had a massive seafood platter landing on our table. Crab, fresh and cooked lobster, mussels in a lemon sauce, shrimps and oysters were all arranged in the most impressive way!
There was such a vast selection of seafood that I didn’t even know where to start from!
Another impressive thing that came as an added bonus with this platter is that the lobster was already broken into two pieces so we didn’t have to embarrass ourselves by trying to break the shell and remove the meat.
^ ^ can you tell how impressed I am by the size of the platter? ^ ^
We started by spreading butter in the bread that we later on dipped in the mussels sauce…
…and quickly got our hands dirty by trying the lobster, crab and rest of the delicacies that were resting in the platter.
I have to admit that the lobster was DELICIOUS in every sense! Fresh, meaty, juicy, an absolute dream of flavours!
I tried to eat as much as possible of the lobster and the crab since it is not something that I have quite often, before proceeding with the mussels and shrimps. This was also my first time trying oysters, you can watch my face HERE if you are interested in watching my first reactions. It felt like there was an explosion of sea flavours in my mouth, very tasty but a bit too sleazy of texture for me.
After finishing 2/3 of the platter and drinking another round of beers we decided it was time to explore the market a bit more and go for a walk along the harbour to burn the calories.
If you ever visit Bergen I totally recommend you pay a visit to the fish market and try the famous luxury seafood platter at Fjellskål Fisketorget. The platter costs around £180 and is served for 2 people however we found that the quantity of the food was generous so if you are to share it between 4 I think it would be great. Just don’t forget the beers, because oh my, were they worth it!
Have you ever visited the Bergen fish market?