Norway wins another Michelin star

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A small sushi bar in Stavanger that started out as a take-away joint won Norway’s latest new star in the Michelin restaurant guide released on Wednesday. The exclusive Oslo restaurant Maaemo, meanwhile, kept all of its three Michelin stars, and thus its spot at the top of the world’s culinary establishments.

Sabi Omakase, located on Pedersgata on Stavanger’s east side, was cited for its “superb” Norwegian ingredients and creative ways of serving sushi. Norwegian food blogger Anders Husa had already predicted it would win a star in the Michelin guide, if not two. He thinks Stavanger is one of Norway’s best restaurant cities, and both he and customers agreed that Sabi Omakase’s chief cook Roger Asakil Joya is being properly rewarded for years of hard work.

Maaemo in Oslo, meanwhile, retained all of its three stars, while Bent Stiansen’s classic and elegant Statholdergaarden in Oslo kept its star as well. Stiansen has held on to his Michelin star for 20 years, and continues to reap rave reviews in Norwegian media. “Expensive, but more than worth it,” intoned Aftenposten recently.

Michelin failed to recognize any restaurants in Bergen or Trondheim, although a photo of Bergen graced the Nordic version of its guide last year. Other Norwegian restaurants winning and retaining Michelin stars include Kontrast in Oslo and Renaa in Stavanger. staff