A festive season pizza buffet on a Sunday? Super. At Egon Tromsø Norway.
Text & Photo © JE Nilsson & CM Cordeiro 2018
The Egon chain was established in 1984 with headquarters in Trondheim. Having worked as a waitress at Chili’s Grill & Bar when they first opened in Singapore prior to my university years, I was skeptical. Due to my experiences in bridging between kitchen and customers at Chili’s, I knew both what to expect and what not to expect at the same time. But any misgiving about bar and grill franchises dissipated stepping into Egon Tromsø. With warm friendly smiles from the service frontline to the complimentary coffee to each meal, I found very little not to like about Egon Tromsø.
The interior of the restaurant has a strong maritime flavour. It is reminiscent of an old shipping warehouse, in particular the likes of Sjömagasinet in Gothenburg, Sweden. Large exposed wooden beams unpainted, help make guests feel at home. Items of curiosity gathered from the early 1900s are stuffed in every nook and corner of the place. The atmosphere is warm and festive. It was made even more so by them bringing out the Christmas decoration whilst we were there. I had requested for a tomtenisse of my own, and was gladly handed one from the box. Totally sweet.
Egon Tromsø is unpretentious. And I can understand why people would make this their weekend hangout restaurant. The menu is varied and with Northern Norway’s obsession with serving high quality meals, this bar and grill easily places itself on the culinary global scene of steakhouse food.