Scan Magazine | Restaurant of the Month | Norway
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Restaurant of the Month, Norway
A relaxed eatery with a top chef, a rock’n’roll atmosphere and a secret menu The popular Top Chef winner Reneé Fagerhøi has realised a long-standing dream. In May 2017, she opened Bula Neobistro in Trondheim, a unique and relaxed eatery with high ambitions and a secret menu combining flavours from different countries. “Bula started as a description of all the cool things I planned on doing one day when I had my own restaurant. Now it has finally become reality.” By Ingrid Opstad | Photos: Bula Neobistro
After winning the Norwegian version of the American reality TV programme Top Chef in 2016, Reneé Fagerhøi has been able to fulfil a number of dreams, including opening her very own restaurant. “My passion for food has always been at the forefront of everything I do, but everyone knows that working as a chef 104 | Issue 119 | December 2018
does not provide a high salary. However, I was very lucky to be able to ‘speed date’ potential investors after I won, having shown my skills to the whole of Norway,” the chef and restaurant owner recalls. Through these investors and supporters, Fagerhøi was able to secure a great spot right in the city centre of
Trondheim. “It was important for me to open Bula on my own terms, and one important part of this was the choice of location,” she explains.
A blissful mix of retro, kitsch, Art Deco and rock’n’roll The word ‘bula’ is common Norwegian slang for a low-key place to eat, drink, and socialise. With that in mind, the energetic and creative chef has well and truly succeeded in creating a place with a great atmosphere that complements the excellent food. This unique and fun spot has become an important part of Trondheim’s food scene.
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