We chose Gruvelageret for our wedding dinner based on previous TripAdvisor reviews and it definitely did live up to our expectations.
We were greeted by our host Terese who explained their 4-course menu in detail before taking our drink orders. As we had planned a trip early the next morning we both decided to go for the Innis & Gunn Rum Finish ale, a delicious ale which strangely worked well with all courses.
We were first served an appetizer of brown bear, a meat neither of us had tried before, and it tasted fantastic.
The first course was arctic char served with pea purée, beurre blanc and homemade crisps, brought the dish together with their crunchy texture and saltiness.
The soup was a borscht with smoked reindeer heart. This was probably my least favourite dish though delicious still. My wife, a former vegetarian, found the texture of the reindeer heart a bit out of her comfort zone and suggested she would prefer the soup with crispy bacon bits instead.
The main course was venison with parmesan potatoes, morel sauce and fresh berries. The venison was beautifully cooked with a lovely crust and pink centre. The berries - strawberry, blueberry and redcurrant - added a nice sharpness to the dish. This was by far my favourite of all the courses.
The dessert was a deconstructed cheesecake with a berry compote. The sharpness of the compote did a good job to cut through the rich cheesecake, and the base which was almost as crunchy as candied sugar added an extra texture to the dish.
We were well looked after by Terese who provided us with outstanding service throughout our meal and we cannot wait to return to Gruvelageret next time we visit Svalbard.
For what we got we didn't think it was too expensive either, food and drinks for the two of us came to just under 2000 kroner.
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