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“Chaotic kitchen management” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bolgen & Moi

Bolgen & Moi
Ranked #18 of 117 Restaurants in Kristiansand
Cuisines: Seafood, European, Scandinavian, Norwegian, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Since 1995 Bølgen & Moi has been a popular name renowned for quality cuisine. The restaurant chefs showcase the unique ingredients which each season brings - always leaving room for spontaneity. The menu is modern, international à la carte, including lunch, light dishes and cakes (from May to September). Situated on the sunny side of Kristiansand's fishing wharf, the restaurant neighbours the charming wooden buildings of the harbour and has great views of the boats coming and going in the summer.
Ludlow, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Chaotic kitchen management”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

The location on the waterfront is very good and having seen the restaurant from the outside and having found it in the Bergen guide we booked for a final night with our party of 12. As it was my birthday we were prepared to spend a bit more. Initially booking was difficult as outside seating was only available when you arrived and could not be booked. We settled after some to-ing and fro-ing for sitting inside. When we arrived we were greeted well by the manageress who left us with some menus and wine lists as we were not ready to order drinks without looking at them. (As alcohol is eye-watering expensive in Norway and we had already been in the country for 14 days we were getting slightly more savvy. A default gin and tonic can be an expensive choice.) Some of our group opted for the 3 course meal, others for a la carte. 6 of us decided to have the entrecote at445NOK a head and only available for two. Two opted not to have a starter and the rest chose either mussels, fish soup or pate de foie gras. We ordered some bottles of Sancerre to start with a red wine to follow. The fish soup arrived first and was delicious though not piping hot so the soup suppers began. The mussels arrived in a huge bowl, ample for all the mussel eaters and even some left over for others to sample. The foie gras was fine too. So far, so good. The maitre d' had come over to reassure us that if we wanted anything we just had to ask him. Soon after this the wheels fell off! We waited for a long time and then some of the main fish courses arrived perched on very few vegetables. Neither of them were for the two who had opted not to have a starter, one of whom was having a burger and the other sharing an entrecote. Again the food wasn't hot so those whose meals appeared to have arrived started nibbling slowly watched enviously by the two hungry ones. Then a burger arrived but was delivered to the other diner who had had a starter. We all anticipated that the second burger was about to follow but no. There was a delay and then the fish appeared and soon after it some potatoes. The fish eaters assumed that the potatoes were for them. We ordered more wine as we had been in restaurant then for over an hour and had drunk the bottles ordered. The steaks had been ordered, 2 rare and 1 medium. When the waiters arrived with four plates they said medium steaks? and served them to the two who had chosen medium. Who else for medium? Where are the rare steaks? Some attempts to swap around the steaks already placed on the table but it was obvious that all were well done. At this point we asked for the steaks as ordered. I went and asked for the maitre d' but he had gone home c. 9.30pm. A chef came out of the kitchen to explain that it would take some time for the steaks to be served as they had come out of the chiller and needed to come up to room temperature before being cooked. Some time after this point the chips arrived which we realised were meant for the Fish and that the earlier potatoes had been intended for the medium steaks. Our would be burger eater was becoming extremely upset as she had waited over two hours without anything to eat. At some point a pleasant young waitress who had been serving us earlier came over to ask the routine, is everything all right? Big mistake. The manageress then intervened. She could only apologize and offered little in the way of explanation. She readily agreed with our suggestion that we only paid for the drink and that there should be no charge for the food. The burger eventually turned up and then the steaks with more vegetables and potatoes, plus a replacement steak for those who had already eaten their medium steaks. The meat was good but the whole plateful was pretty tepid. As we had an early start and it was after 10.30 before the main courses arrived we were not very interested in the manageress's offer of free desserts and coffee and complimentary bottles of organic lemon drink. However these were prepared and we ate some of them. The bill for the drink only, and we had seven bottles, came to about £470. We left wondering what had gone wrong. The main problem seemed lack of organisation when taking orders and co-ordinating food in the kitchen. Not the sort of experience one expects in a top ranking restaurant.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Kristiansand, Norway
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Bad service”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2013

Lunch with my daughter paid a lot of money for that....... sitting at a good table, waiting for my friends to arrive.... than some from the staff came and asked me if I could move because somebody had called and there were are list of people waiting for my table ????? I was not moving, I still enjoyed my wine together with one of my friends, waiting for the last 4 to arrive........... Bad, bad, bad, not worth the money of anything....... the food is not more than ok and the service is less than ok. So I am not going back if I don´t have to.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Spotisland
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Oslo, Norway
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45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Highly reccommended”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2013

If you are going out for a meal Kristiansand this is the place. At least if you are looking for something extraordinary. We ordered a six-course menu including wine, and every dish was absolutely perfect. The waiters were really attentive, tough not pushy, and the location was great. We had a really good time here, and though it is a bit expensive, it is certainly worth it. I would definitively go back here.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank verdsvandraren
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norway
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25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Exclusive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2012 via mobile

Very nice restaurant with good food. Choises are many and I've tried different plates and have never been dissappointed. Highly recommended for small or big occations.

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank raffen
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Lindesnes Municipality, Norway
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181 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
“High end restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2012

This restaurant run by master-chef Trond Moi is a first class restaurant in Kristiansand. Located at the fish-market, close to cruise port and Kilden consert-hall.

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