Thursday, April 10, 2008

Fusion food at Restaurant Valuta

I remember when I visited the first Chinese restaurant, back in the 70s. Lum Fong was a novelty when it was established in Kristiansand, during a time when even pizza and pasta was exotic. Today you find interesting ethnic fusion food in every small community - as at Restaurant Valuta at Hamar.

The restaurant is located in what once was the local affiliate of the Norwegian National Bank, a classic greco-roman style building. Where cashiers once counted the riches of the state, you now find Kunstbanken, a large art gallery. A new addition has been connected to the old building - metal, glass and concrete creates an interesting contrast to the old classic building.

The restaurant has an interesting menu, invented by Hai Hang. He is of Asian origin and has worked at the legendary Raffles Hotel in Singapore, the birth place of a legendary drink, the Singapore Sling. He is a dynamic founder of Restaurant Valuta and Hallingmoen Hyttetun.

My friend Øyvind ordered a creamed vegetable wok with noodles and pine nuts (€15), whereas Susanne ordered crisp salmon spring rolls, over a Thai salad (€19). I ordered a coconut creamed chicken wok with vegetables, noodles and cashew nut, with finely grated Asian radishes on top.

Very good grub, if you ask me! If you visit Hamar, visit Hai Hang and enjoy his fusion food, and sense the Far East.

Address:
Restaurant Valuta
Parkgt. 21, 2317 Hamar
Phone: +47 62 53 23 33
Mobile: +47 95 14 15 82
Website: http://www.hai.no/valuta/index.html

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