Bro: Coastal gastronomy with local history and traditions
By Grethe Nordgård | Photos: Kristin Støylen
Bro opened its doors in 2018, when award winning chef, Ronny Kolvik, moved back to his hometown, Ålesund, and decided to establish a restaurant featuring local traditions and produce.
After several years working at well-known restaurants in Oslo, Ronny Kolvik decided to move back home and start his own restaurant. “The concept is to use what nature offers all year around, causing an automatic change of the menu, following the seasons. Our menu focuses on local history and traditions, and we strive to use local produce,” Kolvik explains. “We harvest regional herbs and vegetables, which are vital components of our recipes.”
At Bro, all the dishes are delights both to the tastebuds and the eyes. Here, local ingredients and flavours are used in new and inventive ways, while staying true to the area’s traditions. Together with head chef, Skyler Milner, Kolvik has developed extraordinary dishes such as monkfish with sea spaghetti, chanterelles and crayfish sauce, and a dessert of blueberry and goat’s milk sorbet – the perfect finish to any meal.
Meanwhile, restaurant manager Silje Knotten ensures the service at Bro is always top notch. Knotten is also a certified wine sommelier and Bro’s wine cellar is brimming with wines from the best regions in the world, enabling guests to find the perfect match for the cuisine, with the help of expert staff.
Enjoying a meal at Bro is not just eating out, it’s an unforgettable experience that you will likely long to repeat. The restaurant is cosy, yet elegant, and overlooks Brosundet and Hellebroa – hence the name. The knowledgeable waiters explain the menu, with insight into the local history, traditions and the making of the food. For groups of six or more, there’s a choice of a seven, five or three-course meal. For larger groups who might be celebrating or planning a business conference, a private room – the Chambre Separée – is available.
For the ultimate Bro experience, Kolvik recommends Chef’s Table. You will be seated by the open kitchen, where you can watch the chef in action, preparing and serving all the exquisite dishes on the menu, as well as additional treats.
Bro is a quintessential ingredient of a visit to the west coast of Norway, offering the complete package of gourmet food, fine wines, tradition and history.
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