We find ourselves in the heart of old Trondheim – in Bispegata – a stone’s throw away from Nidaros Cathedral. The starting point for creating a unique dining place is the very best. It’s located in an old episcopal residence from 1853. The space has high ceilings, and the new owners have put in considerable effort and hours of work to bring out the glimpses of the house’s historical patina. Large windows with ample natural light highlight the massive, beautiful wooden doors, and details such as stuccos in the ceiling, old wooden floors, and panels from the 1800s.
At the helm of this new establishment, we find Anna Tautra Sandøy, who has been brought in as the operational manager of Bifrons. Anna is a restaurant and wine enthusiast with experience from places like Credo. She has worked as a cocktail bartender in London and banqueting manager at a hotel in Oslo.
Now, she has landed with the team behind successful restaurants like Troll, the dining and concert venue Kafe Skuret, and Gubalari. Her job is to ensure that Bifrons finds its rightful place in Trondheim’s ever-vibrant food scene.
– I have gradually developed a keen interest in working with the entire guest experience. Here at Bifrons, I do everything from ensuring that the staff receives proper training to engaging in selecting the wines we serve. I focus on all the small details that create the experience and make the guests satisfied. Not least, we have put in a lot of effort to create pleasant acoustics in the premises,» she explains.
In the kitchen, Bjørn Tore Larsen, formerly the head chef at Troll, has taken on the role as chef. Overseeing it all is a prominent figure in the city’s restaurant world, Lars Laurentius Paulsen. Known for his colorful suits, well-groomed beard, and rebellious and anarchistic approach to Norwegian ingredients and food traditions.