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“Good Bistro Experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Credo

Credo
Ranked #51 of 264 Restaurants in Trondheim
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$100
Cuisines: European, Scandinavian, Norwegian, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: We always recommend today's 5 course menu, but we can also make an excellent 3 course menu if you prefer that. Or we can suggest even more than 5 courses. We always choose wines that goes perfect with the various courses and most of our guest prefer to follow our suggestions. We want our guest to experience a perfect meal!
Trondheim, Norway
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good Bistro Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

We had a three course meal at the bistro-part at Credo, i.e. not the restaurant downstairs. The bistro is located at the entrance in the alley-way left of the building. We did not try the restaurant so this is not part of the review.

I would say that the food was good quality, well prepared and value for money. They serve whatever is fresh that day or whatever the chef decides, so they do not have an a-la-carte menu. The food at the bistro is simple but well-tasting. I had aspargues with "egg 64", fish (pollack) and a chocolate dessert. Everyrhing was perfectly cooked. The bistro is not the place where there is focus on presentation of the food, and that is the way it is meant to be. The atmosphere could have been better, but overall I had a great time at the Credo bistro.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Eygalieres, France
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wine is complicated, some times....”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

Went to Credo together with family, two generations (parents and grand parents), four all together, with high expectations as I had been eating there some years back and remembered it as a positive experience. The restaurant has a really impressive wine list with an ample selection from leading wine regions of the world. "What a treat", I thought browsing through the wine list after the entire table had gone for the sampling menu.

However....The white wine ordered for the first few starters took "forever" to arrive at the table. "I´m new here and do not know the wine cellar that well", Well, it proved that she not only did not know the wine cellar, but she also did not know how wine is supposed to smell and taste.

A side-effect of the well stocked wine cellar seemed to be that quite a few wines were available from vintages years back. This is often an added attraction to a restaurant as wines may be available in vintages that are unobtainable from the Norwegian State Monopoly. Aged wine alas, also represent increased risk of some characteristics not having held up through the period of storage.

And so it was with this first bottle of white, it was severely corked. Politely indicating to the waitress that the wine was not drinkable again took it´s time as her span of attention was either limited or just stretched from too many guests to wait for. She disappeared for a very long time again, and the food ordered started arriving with no wine to accompany it. Returning from her wine cellar venture, the waitress declared that she had been unable to locate another, alternative bottle.

So the wine list had to be consulted again. Luckily, I had already an alternative in mind, and the waitress disappeared into the wine cellar again. For a long time. She returned, with a bottle different from and 20% more expensive the one ordered (which already was at the high end of the wine list) as she had been unable to locate the wine we wanted.

In an experience unprecedented to us, the new bottle proved to be seriously damaged by oxidation and cork at the same time, and we had to point this out to the waitress again. She seemed to despair, more because guests were objecting to expensive wine, and sending it away from the table, rather than that the guests now had their meal hanging in the balance.

For some reason she decanted the very obviously damaged white wine and suggested we should "try once again". After even more oxygen exposure, the wine now had a smell as foul as H2S (from rotten eggs) and we quite insistingly pointed out that we very rarely object to wines being served at restaurants, but in the event something is wrong, the restaurant cannot expect the guests to "give it another try".

By now the sequence of the meal and the synchronization between what was actually happening at the guest table and in the kitchen had completely broken down. The kitchen "pressed on", continuing to bring dishes from the tasting menu to the table without suitable wine to accompany them.

By this time the tasting of a third bottle brought to the table had turned into a nerve-wrecking exercise, would we be able to avoid yet another damaged bottle from a most interesting wine cellar or not? When the third bottle also proved to be damaged, we nearly gave up. In all the years of eating out (a lot, and in many different countries and restaurants) we had never experienced more than one damaged bottle throughout a meal. Again, even with a very clearly damaged bottle, the waitress was not making any concessions on behalf of the restaurant, she seemed rather to despair over all the expensive wine that was impossible to sell.

The kitchen had now started to serve us dishes with meat and the table was able to get hold of of a red wine bottle to share.

We then declined the cheese and the dessert, paid the meal in full and went home, everyone relieved to be able to leave Credo.

By the way, the food was not as I remembered it from five or six years back. The meal was now significantly more "optimized", with no flavor or sophistication to make any note of. Had I been living in Trondheim, I would not have put up with this kind of restaurant and service. I hope it´s not for the lack of alternatives that Credo survives.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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4 Thank CulinaryTracker
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London, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Excellent set menu in the bistro upstairs”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

Credo appealed in my holiday planning as the only place I could find in Norway that offered a good value set menu, in the style of Top Table in the UK. These seem to be few and far between and the reviews were promising, and it didn't disappoint.

The Bistro is a pleasant, relaxed area upstairs from the main restaurant. They only offer one or two seasonal dishes per course depending on what's in season - we had a started of fennel and fish soup, mains was a fish in beurre blanc and an amazing pork shoulder, and creme brulee for desert. The waitress was able to talk us through the whole menu as well as recommending some specific, very good wines to compliment each course. The creme brulee was a bit runny for our tastes but it's a minor niggle, and the quality was amazing throughout.

The set menu was about £35 for three courses but with two glasses of good wine each it ended up being about £60 per head, and it definitely felt worth it. Would highly recommend for a high quality, good value meal with the feel of a top quality restaurant.

A side note - service in Norway on the whole seems to be efficient but inattentive. From a British viewpoint it may seem they're ignoring you but that just seems to be the way, so don't be scared just to wave the waiter over.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Adam G
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Trondheim Municipality, Norway
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Better service next time.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014 via mobile

I've been there lot of time and now I decided to write about my experience there the food is always good but the service is to much inattentive for my taste... Maybe get lucky next time ...

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Trondheim, Norway
2 reviews
“Simple, refined and value for money”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2014

There are two option here, a bistro solution upstairs and a high end restaurant downstairs. Both are excellent for their own purposes. Upstairs is obviously both simpler and cheaper. Downstairs you may enjoy one of the best meals available in Norway. The surprise at Credo is the unadorned focus on quality at a decent price. The food is presented without frills, the service is professional, but not exaggerated. I've been to both the bistro many times for personal and business reasons. My advice is to leave everything to the staff, ask the staff to provide a 3 or 5 course meal, no need to know what you'll have. Have no fears; it will be a great experience. Biased review? Yes I am a fan. Enjoy!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank per b
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