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Zupperia – restaurant in Bergen October 15, 2011

Posted by lillylikes in Food & Restaurants.
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Duminica am iesit impreuna cu familia la plimbare prin frumosul oras Bergen. Cand ne-a apucat foamea era deja ora 2 jumatate asa ca ne-am dus la faimosul restaurant Zupperia despre care am auzit de pe la colegi si prieteni. In oras sunt doua restaurante Zupperia, noi am fost la cel de la adresa: strada Nordahl Bruns nr. 9. Acesta este foarte aproape de centrul orasului si cred ca este imposibil de ratat daca sunteti la plimbare prin oras.

Am intrat in restaurant, unde era destul de multa lume la mese, duminica restaurantul se deschide la ora 2, deci noi eram printre primii clienti. Meniul se poate vedea pe pagina lor de net, noi am comandat urmatoarele la recomandarile ospatarului:

– supa crema de pui cu sofran: supa de pui, sofran, legume, bagheta cu unt: 85 coroane norvegiene

– supa Tom Ka Gai: supa de pui cu legume, lapte de cocos, bagheta cu unt: 125 coroane norvegiene

– Thai red curry – mancare tailandeza: curry rosu, pui, lapte de cocos, ciuperci, morcov, dovlecel, ardei, ceapa: 148 coroane norvegiene

– Burger de vita servit cu cartofi prajiti si salata verde proaspata, ketchup: 119 coroane norvegiene

– Meniu pentru copii: Carnati (care sunt un fel de crenwusti) cu cartofi prajiti si ketchup: 55 coroane norvegiene.

– de baut: apa si un Sprite

Total: 600 coroane norvegiene, adica approximativ 75 euro.

Portiile de mancare sunt mari, cred ca un singur fel ar ajunge sa te saturi, ma rog depinde si cat esti de infometat. Recomand sa comandati cate un fel, iar daca se intampla sa nu va saturati doar atunci sa mai comandati ceva din meniu. Tom Ka Gai si Red thai curry au fost foarte picante de abia am reusit sa le mancam, nu a fost prea inspirata recomandarea ospatarului – 2 feluri foarte picante unul dupa celalalt. Mancarea e OK si multa, dar nu are in ea nimic din finetea preparatelor de la Bølgen og Moi. Din ce am observat si din ce am gustat cred ca face bucatarul lor face urmatoarele: are legumele si carnea gata preparata in bucatarie si in functie de ce comanzi le amesteca in rapoartele potrivite. Daca comanzi supa iti pune legume, carnea de care o fi si o lungeste cu ceva supa; daca ai comandat orez cu carne si legume atunci e si mai simplu primesti legumele cu carnea + un bol de orez. Altfel nu imi explic de ce atat in Tom Ka Gai cat si in Red thai curry contineau exact aceleasi legume, exact aceeasi carne de pui marinata, exact aceleasi frunze de verdeata si cate o felie de lime pe deasupra, si mai ales exact acelasi gust extrem de picant. Poate ca era mai inspirata o sugestie din partea ospatarului (asiatic fiind) care sa contina un preparat din peste sau fructe de mare si apoi un preparat asiatic.

Pe site-ul restaurantului se spune ca servesc de la meniuri internationale pana la meniuri  a la carte. OK hai sa zicem ca meniul este intr-adevar international: mancare norvegiana (preparate de peste, scoici, fructe de mare), hamburgeri, sandwichuri, mancare italiana (lasagna), mancare mexicana (nachos), salate, mancare greceasca (tzatzichi, musaca), mancare vietnameza, mancare tailandeza, mancare unguresca (gulas), mancare japoneza (teriyaki)… mi se pare poate un pic prea international :). Dar meniuri a la carte?! Sa fim seriosi, nu ai ce alege din oferta lor un meniu a la carte si nici nu cred ca au un bucatar specializat pentru asemenea preprate, parerea mea.

Portiile de mancare cu toate ca sunt mari le puteti servi la preturile acceptabile pentru un oras scump precum e Bergenul. Restaurantul fiind aproape de centru orasului este foarte potrivit pentru tinerii si studentii din oras, oameni iesiti la pranz de la serviciu, intalniri cu prietenii seara la o cina sau pur si simplu pentru oameni iesiti la plimbare (ca si noi ) si care se hotarasc sa manince ceva destul de rapid, destul de mult mult si destul de ieftin :).

Restaurantul Zupperia din Bergen dupa parerea mea este un loc de categorie medie in care poti servi un amalgam de mancaruri din diferite tari adunate toate la un loc pentru a atrage clientela cat mai multa. Stiti cum e cand esti pe cale sa iesi in oras si te intrebi “oare unde sa mergem in seara asta? Hai la Zupperia acolo au de toate… ceva sigur o sa gasesti sa mananci”. Il recomand pentru un pranz sau o cina rapida impreuna cu familia sau prietenii. Sfat: incercati sa variati un pic ceea ce alegeti sa mancati, ori numai un fel de mancare, iar daca nu va saturati incercati un al doilea preparat, dar nu din aceeasi familie de mancare (ex: amandoua asiatice). Dar daca doriti o atmosfera speciala sau aveti un eveniment mai deosebit, incercati in alta parte. Asadar, dupa parerea mea localul, atmosfera, mancarea si servirea in Zupperia sunt de 3 flori de crin.English version

On Sunday I went out with my family through the beautiful town of Bergen. When we started to feel hungry it was already about 2:30 so we went to the famous restaurant Zupperia of which I heard from friends and colleagues. There two Zupperia restaurants in town, we went to the one at Nordahl Bruns 9. This one is quite close to the city centre and I think it is impossible to miss if you walked through the town.

We went inside the restaurant, where there was quite a lot of people at the tables, the restaurant being open from 2 o’clock on Sundays, with us thus being among the first customers. The menu can be checked out also on their website. We ordered the following at the waiter’s recommendation:

– creamed chicken soup with saffron: chicken soup, saffron, vegetables, bread and butter: 85 kroner

– Tom Ka Gai soup: chicken soup with vegetables, coconut milk, bread and butter: 125 kroner

– Thai red curry: red curry, chicken, coconut milk, mushrooms, squash, onions: 148 kroner

– Beefburger with French fries and green salad, ketchup: 119 kroner

– Child menu: Sausages with French fries and ketchup: 55 kroner

– to drink water and a Sprite

Total: 600 kroner, meaning about 75 Euro.

The portions served are big, I guess one dish should be enough to fell full, of course it depends on how hungry you are coming in. I would recommend to order one dish at a time, and order more only if you do not feel full after the first dish. The Tom Ka Gai and Red thai curry were very spicy, we barely ate them, so the waiters recommendation was not very inspired – 2 spicy meals one after the other. The food was OK and plenty, but in does not have the finesse of the specialities from Bølgen og Moi for example. From what I observed and tasted I guess the cook those this: the vegetables and meat is prepared for several dishes and he just mixes them in the right proportions. If you order a soup he adds the vegetables, the meat and makes it long with some soup base; if you order rice with meat and vegetables then it is even easier, you get what is already prepared plus one bowl of rice. I cannot explain otherwise why both the Tom Ka Gai and the Red thai curry had exactly the same vegetables, the same marinated chicken, exactly the same green leaves and a lime slice on top, and especially the same extremely spicy taste. Maybe it would have been more inspired from the waiter (who looked Asian) to suggest a dish with  fish or seafood and then an Asian meal.

On the restaurant’s website they say that they serve from international to a la carte dishes. OK, let’s say the menu is truly international: Norwegian food (fish dishes, seashells, seafood), hamburgers, sandwiches, Italian food (lasagne), Mexican food (nachos), salads, Greek food (tzatziki, musaka), Vietnamese food, thai food, Hungarian food (goulash), Japanese food (teriyaki)… it seems a bit too international:). But a la carte dishes?! Let’s get real, you don’t have anything a la carte to choose from the menu and I guess they do not have a chef for these dishes, it’s just my two cents.

The portions are quite big and you can have them at reasonable prices for an expensive city like Bergen. The restaurant being close to the city centre, it suits the young people and students who are out to the city for lunch, dinner meetings with friends during the evenings or simply for people going out for a walk (like us) and that decide on the spot to eat something quick, substantial, and reasonably cheap :).

The Zupperia restaurant in Bergen in my opinion is an average place where you can choose from a mix of dishes gathered from lots of countries, all in one place just to attract a greater number of people. You know how it is when you are about to go out to town and wonder “where should we go tonight? Let’s go to Zupperia they have everything there… you always find something to eat”. I recommend it for a lunch or a quick dinner together with friends and family. An advice: try to switch a bit in your choice of food, you should take only one dish, and if you do not feel satisfied then try a second one, but not from the same type of dish (ex: like we did, two Asian dishes). But if you want a special atmosphere or plan a more special event, try some place else. So, in my opinion, the place, the atmosphere, the food and serving at Zupperia are of a maximum 3 lilies.

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