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TEXT: LISA MARIA BERG | PHOTOS © JONAS HAARR FRIESTAD
In the urban, up-and-coming east side of Stavanger, the newly opened Garcia Restaurant Øst brings a dining experience where its guests can relax, enjoy and dive into flavours of a continental and Mediterranean feel.
“We believe in an honest, home-cooked meal made out of excellent produce,” general manager Kristian Sevland says, on preferring to keep it simple. Armed with a pasta machine and recipes from Spain, Italy and France, he has done well at integrating just that. Stavanger Øst is the second Garcia restaurant to open in its region. The south-west of Norway cannot seem to get enough of the parma ham, the wine, the butter and the herbs on offer. “We want our guests to relax and enjoy a meal and some well-spent time together. Many of our dishes are sharing platters, and so dinner here is not just a meal, but an opportunity to share an experience,” Sevland continues.
The new restaurant serves dinner only. Whilst their other venue has lunch service and welcomes family and firms to come and dine with them, Stavanger Øst seats you for an evening meal and gives you the chance to embrace the cosy autumn over a glass of wine. “Our produce is important to us. It has been such a treat finding how the Norwegian seasons can bring something of their own to the flavours of a French bistro or the simple sharing platter popular in Spain,” explains Sevland. Garcia Stavanger Øst has successfully brought the continent to Stavanger.