My wife and I just finished our meal at Polfareren, came up to our room at the Svalbard Hotel, and immediately decided to write a review. This was one of the best meals we have ever eaten; and we have not only travelled a fair bit (including this, our second trip to Longyearbyen) around the world, but we are food-lovers, taste-seekers, and we have relatively discerning tastes. We are also vegetarian (sometimes eat fish), so we've previously encountered some fantastic places where our options are limited or underwhelming due to our diet. However, we can say, without reservation, that we were OVERwhelmed with the delicious and meticulously prepared fare at Polfareren. We know that some kinds of foods are hard to find on Svalbard, and this makes it so that many places have somewhat limited menus -- Polfareren is no different. However, the chef and staff work with what they have to the absolute maximum of its potential and the results are impeccable. The vegetables are grown at Polar Permaculture by Benjamin Vidmar, who is genius at polar/nordic agriculture. The taste and texture of every morsel were stellar, and it almost seemed strange to see how fresh everything was, given the location near 79th northern parallel. But that was part of the magic and the standards of this superb restaurant.The appetisers were excellent; the main plates were fantastic, and the desserts were truly out of this world. We have few other words to describe our experience than OUTSTANDING. It is also important to note, the service was also wonderful -- each member of the team is knowledgeable, warm, friendly, attentive, and they keep everything running smoothly and serenely. There is no sense of pressure, and only a supportive, caring environment created by everyone in the clean, modern, attractive dining space. If you are lucky enough to travel to Svalbard, and in Longyearbyen, then whether you stay in the classy Svalbard Hotel or not, make it a point to have a meal at Polfareren. Promise, you will certainly not regret it.
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