Experience@Bjerkem is located in a former barn that has been transformed into a rustic restaurant and bar. We offer a 14 course, ever changing tasting menu following the seasons, with the possibility of matching different quality wines from around the world. From the moment you step into our converted barn, you are instantly drawn 150 years back in time when food was something everyone was growing and harvesting for their own consumption. We believe that the process of sourcing and gathering products is as important as the cooking, and in itself deserves its story to be told. At Experience, we strive give our guests the very essence of what the word experience means.
Owner and chef Kim Sjøbakk returned to his hometown of Steinkjer, Norway, after more than a decade working in London and Dublin. Having gained experience from multiple Michelin star establishments, including Gordon Ramsay's Maze and the five-star luxury hotel The Dorchester, he took over role of head chef at the five-star London boutique hotel The Milestone, in Kensington. After a few years running kitchens and acting as consultant, he has taken his experience and understanding of food and drink and opened his own restaurant at Bjerkem Farm, outside Steinkjer, with a focus on local and organic produce worked with international flair and technique.
We take pride in growing our own produce and working closely with our neighbours to ensure only the best ingredients find their way to the dinner table. These include Salberg farm, in Røra, and Sæther farm, in Levanger, for our organic vegetables, also sourced from the local agricultural school, in Mære. Our fish is sourced from Roan, off the cost of Trøndelag, and from Frøya/Hitra, the islands on the coast. Our meat suppliers include neighbouring farms for organic lamb and game, with organic beef from Bjerkem farm. Our pork from Leksdalen I Verdal are mushroom fed, giving them a distinct earthy flavoured meat. We also collaborate closely with Gullimunn, which produces organic grain flour from nearby farms.
“ This must be one of the best restaurants in Norway. In my opinion a sensation, no less. We had a superb meal here with friends the first weekend of february. Fourteen courses, all with distinct honest taste - based on local produce. Great service, excellent wine and top service. Go there, but be quick; these people will be busy if the word spreads.”
(Erik D. - TripAdvisor)