From the White Guide Nordic 2018:
- Address: Located on "Holmen", an island outside Bergen. Take the boat from shed number 8 at Dreggekaien, Bryggen. Follow the restaurant sign. (GPS POSITION: N 60C 19.784`, E 5C 10.171), 5004 Bergen
- Phone: +47 56 33 48 80
- Web: corneliusrestaurant.no
- Seats: 370
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 5-11 PM, May-Aug Thu-Sat noon-11 PM
All or nothing
A meal at Cornelius is an experience and a journey. Every day at 6 pm a 50-foot shuttle boat takes passengers to Holmen. The sea route is the only way to get there, and the voyage takes 25 minutes. There is hardly a more beautiful way to experience Bergen, whether a storm is raging or the sun is sparkling. The restaurant’s premises are literally carved into the rock and situated amidst the ocean’s bounty. The big windows seem to bring the ocean into the restaurant, making the diner feel an indescribable intimacy with the fresh ingredients, some of which were alive only minutes before reaching your plate. The pools outside the entrance are filled with live crabs and swimming fish. Cornelius offers a meteorological menu that changes with the wind and weather. On our visit we are served a menu with lighter ingredients since we’re on the cusp of spring, but with deep flavours meant to warm us in the miserably wet west coast weather. This is expressed in an extra rich shellfish soup with pollock, shore crab and langoustines; and smoked beets in the main course of cod. The wine cellar is like a natural cave in the rock. The 5,000 bottles from Italy, France, Germany, and Austria are kept safe in the naturally regulated temperature and moisture. The boat trip contributes to making a visit to Cornelius exotic and exciting, but also makes it an expensive proposition. The best value for money is the five-course menu. The three-course menu won’t fill the time until the boat heads back at 10.30 pm. At Cornelius you should go for the full works, or stay on shore...
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