Lysverket: In Partnership with Food & Wine Magazine
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Norwegian chef Christopher Haatuft has an impressive pedigree. He has worked in some of the world's top restaurants (Per Se and Blue Hill at Stone Barns) before returning to his homeland of Norway to open Lysverket. This cutting-edge restaurant is housed within KODE 4 -- a former power plant converted into an art museum. The design of the space is as cool and stylish as the surrounding artwork, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a landscape of water and mountains.
Haatuft serves what he calls "neo-Fjordic" cuisine, which is based on local foraging -- fresh-caught fish and local flavors enhanced by unexpected ingredients such as sea snails and salted plums.
The best way to cap off a meal here is with a behind-the-scenes tour of the art museum -- a synthesis of light, color and texture, reminiscent of Lysverket's noteworthy dishes. The museum houses a permanent collection of European Modernism, with Klee, Picasso and Miro represented here. Another gallery is dedicated solely to local hero Nikoli Astrup -- painter of magnificent Norwegian landscapes.
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