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Friday, January 22, 2010

Akershus - Epcot/Norway

Overall Rating = B+
NOISE LEVEL – Moderate. The noise was not bad at all. You are in a "castle" type building and it can be a bit echoey.
SERVICE – Excellent.  Very attentive and the servers are also more than happy to tell you all about their lives in Norway.  They are polite to a fault and a great deal of fun as well.
KIDS – A moderate range of kids (some of the food may be too "weird" for American kids unless you go to the breakfast buffet where 75% of the fare is standard Disney bacon, eggs and waffles.). No major meltdowns. All well behaved when we were there.
ATMOSPHERE – This has got to be the coolest (both in decor and temperature) building in EPCOT. It reminds me of a Viking dining hall. Uber neato! 
COST - Moderate $$

Well this was my second Princess Lunch at Akerhaus.  In my opinion this is some of the best food in the World.  I was dubious at first but I am sooo won over.  I keep going back even if I have to brave the Princess Parade.  I gave Catwoman a heads up before we started so she knew what she was in for.

We were in the first group to be seated and were shown to a “deuce”, that is restaurant talk for a table for two.  It makes sense but what doesn’t make sense is that the table is wee.  You figure both of you with the buffet will have 2 plates each (1 buffet plate, 1 entrée plate) and then there are the water glasses and the wine glasses and your camera and trip report book and here comes the dessert.  You see what I mean.  It is TOO SMALL but we perervere. 

So first a trip to the buffet.  I did this in 3 sections and will try to point out items I can remember:

Pickled cucumbers, egg salad with strips of ham, cubes of cheese 
Various cold cut meats, smoked salmon (sooooo yummy), smoked herring (soooo goood), hard boiled eggs stuffed with a shrimp mousse mixture

Here is my selection from the buffet.  Catwoman threatened to claw my eyes out if I stuck my camera over her food one more time.
Starting at the top is leftse (think rolled potato bread) with a dollop of homemade mayo, 2 balls of butter, 2 slices of smoked goat cheese (the dark triangles) which scared me but are now my favorite things.  They taste like caramel – swear to God!, cubed cheese, smoked herring, shrimp hard boiled egg, egg salad, braised cabbage, smoked salmon - A

Now the entrees:
I again went for the Pan-Seared Trout - Served with stewed red cabbage, apples, bacon and garnished with a roasted onion and beet jam.  The trout was really good.  Not quite as good as last time but you are comparing an A with an A-.  Perhaps it was the different plating and not enough cabbage that put me off.  It was still enjoyable and now I am trying to figure out for next time to do another lunch or dinner.
Catwoman went for the Traditional Kjottkaker - with a cauliflower, garlic, cheese infused mashed potato, and a red wine beet sauce.  The best way I can think to descibe this dish is Norwegian meatloaf.  Everything about this dish was wonderful.  The vegetables were cooked perfectly, the mash was amazing and the meatloaf (for want of a better word) was soft, flavourful, and was amazing with the beet sauce.  I hate beets but I tasted this and it was SOO GOOOOD!
Soup and Sandwich: A Jarlsberg Cheese and Leek Soup paired with Pan Seared Salmon served open face on toasted multigrain bread, lettuce, tomato and topped with a roasted garlic caper mayonnaise.

I was too slow and my table mates chowed their way through this before I could get a clear picture. They said the salmon was sooo moist and flavorful and the soup beat the PANTS off the cheddar cheese soup in Canada. Grade: A

Rice Cream with Strawberries and sauce (My FAV!!), Chocolate Mousse finished with a chocolate waffle and chocolate shavings (MUCH better than France - lighter and fluffier) and a Lingonberry Tart topped with an oatmeal streusel (A nice little soft cookie) Grade: A

UPDATE 2010:
The sun shone brightly, though the temps were still low not getting past a high of 54 but I did not care, I was going to eat in my favorite place in Epcot - Akershus. In my 7 trips to the World, I have eaten here 6. I started out when they were an obscure out of the way eatery to its present condition as a center of Princess Pandemonium. It's meet that the word "demon" is hidden inside pandemonium because you really feel like you have entered the 9th ring of hell when you enter Norway now.

The courtyard is usually a sea of squealing, screaming, hyper, cranky children and tired, exasperated, crackberry addict adults who are either texting madly in an effort to escape or just starting blankly into space, their ears not even registering the din.

But I wait my turn because I am dying for that wonderful food. Once my name is called, I enter the castle. Belle is there in her ball gown taking pictures. I go straight to the host and tell him "Look, can you seat me now? I don't need a picture." He looks at me confused "It's included in the price." I look at him with pity "I'm not here for the Princesses, I'm here for the food. Besides what these ladies are doing is my job back home in a way so I don't need to stand on que for that." Now he is confused but he takes me to a table. A nice 4-top RIGHT BY THE BUFFET!!! OK, I'm good.

My server comes over, a lovely girl and gives me the menu. I freeze in horror. Where is my food? I know there is food on the menu but the lunch menu is now infested with American crap. WHERE IS THE NORWEGIAN FOOD?! Where is the wonderful trout with stewed cabbage and beet jam? Where is the amazing open-faced salmon sandwich with a cup of Jarlsberg cheese & leek soup?! They were on Deb's site for January?!

Before you could get one of the two items I mentioned above or the Kjottkaker (kind of like Norwegian meatloaf) and a pasta dish.

NOW you can have the Kjottkaker (the only old item left on the menu) or
* Salmon Burger on a toasted Onion Roll with choice of winter bisque or veggie soup
* Open Faced Chicken Sandwich on Sourdough with tomato, arugula, mushroom vinaigrette, jarlsberg and lingonberry mayo served with choice of winter bisque or veggie soup
* Grilled venison sausage over white bean stew with bacon, carrots and potatoes
*Grilled veggie-stuffed pasta with sauteed veggies, tomato truffle broth and parm
* Sauteed chicken breast with vegetable barley risotto

Kids options are Grilled chicken breast, cheese raviolli, cheese pizza or hot dog with corn.


I am sooooooo disappointed. They have Americanized the menu to appeal to the Princess hoards. There was NOTHING WRONG WITH TROUT! They serve trout all over the US. i am bummed. My world has just fallen around my ears. I can't decide what to order because I want Norwegian food. I can't go to the buffet until I decide so I pick the chicken sandwich.

Now I can bask in the glory that is the buffet!

OK, let's start at 11:00 on the plate and travel clockwise.
*cavier with capers & onions
*smoked goat cheese (grab these brown thin slices - they taste like CARAMEL! And are just amazing!)
* lox
* Peel & eat shrimp
* Grain roll
* Smoked salmon
* Smoked mackerel (the white fish with the pepper on it)
* Herring 2 ways - one looks straight, the other has a tomato based sauce
* asparagus
* Beet & sliced apple salad
* cube cheese
* Salami

I went back for seconds on the Herring (both kinds), the salmon and the mackerel. Soooooo good!
Then I get my sandwich:

The soup was AMAZING and I ate all of it! I wasn't into the potatoes since I was trying to cut as many excessive carbs as I could. The sandwich... ahh yes. Let's look at that closer shall we?

It sure is purty but ummm, how in tarnation am I suppose to eat that?! That sandwich is 2 boy howdy feet high! So I picked off the bacon and ate that, then cut it in half but that is a lot of chicken and now I am a little full. The chicken was good but not exceptional. It was chicken.

The Princesses came through and we had Aurora (wrong color dress, I know I need to stop beating the dead horse about it), Cindy, Snow and Ariel. All of the Princesses were lovely, very nice, took pictures with me, chatted with me about Disney and my own "princess type job".

The dessert plate had changed as well but I didn't care because there was my beloved rice cream!
So in the bottom left we have the yummy strawberry rice cream, next to it is their new (to me anyway) chocolate mousse, up top on the left is a new dessert. It is an apple tart. Patry filled with apples and served with vanilla ice cream next to it and caramel sauce. I was so full. I ate the apples out of the shell with the ice cream, ate half the mousse and all of the rice.

All of the selections were yummy I was just about to burst, like that guy in the restaurant in Monty Pythons "The Meaning of Life".

I did get the most Norwegian aquavit drink - Fjellbekk (Mountain Stream) that also had vodka, sprite ad lime in it. Very refreshing. They put my left over drink in a mickey kids to-go cup. YAY ME!

While I was a bit bummed about the food changed, they did tell me that the trout is now on the dinner menu so next time I will have to decide if I suck it up and do lunch or change to dinner.

The food is just too good to pass up even if I have to battle hoard of kids and Princesses to get to it!


  1. Thanks for this posting, we love this place.

  2. I used to work there as a server, and I'm going back again to do so this summer, love to read your review and glad you had such a good experience :)