Healthy food, locally sourced ingredients, seasons, sustainability and quality are the terms that describe Bios Café. The café won the Ganefart award for Norway’s best eatery along the road in 2006 and followed this up with the county award for Troms in 2008. Moreover, Bios has twice been named in the top three on Motor magazine’s best road food list.
The menu at Bios Café is small but exciting and is determined by the availability of fresh, seasonal local produce. The menu features lunch and dinner dishes based on fish, meat or vegetables. You can taste garlic stockfish au gratin, reindeer steak or hamburgers made from highland beef. They also serve a selection of desserts and cakes. Under the concept “Dinner of the Day”, they focus on traditional North Norwegian fare. Choose from the à la carte menu or the four-course dinner available on Saturdays or by advance booking.
Proximity to nature
Bios Café wish to showcase the wide range of quality ingredients found in the Lyngenfjord region. To achieve this, they collaborate closely with the local farmers who supply organic herbs, highland beef and meat from wild sheep (Old Norwegian). The fish comes from the Reisafjord and Havnnes Handelssted. Jane Johansen, the manager and chef, grows berries and several of the vegetables in her kitchen garden. She picks the cloudberries and mushrooms in the Reisa valley in the autumn.
The café’s design and decor also reflect the local roots and unique proximity to nature. Local wood, slate, pillows, sheepskins and hides from highland cattle/reindeer are recurring materials. Chandeliers made from reindeer antlers hang from the ceiling, while the walls are decorated with photos of local subjects taken by local photographers. The fireplace in the middle of the room contributes to the cosy and warm atmosphere.
Bios Bar is open every Saturday from 22.00 – 02.00. The drinks list features cocktails and drinks made from self-produced syrups and juices such as raspberry or rhubarb. You can also choose between an impressive selection of local beers, beers from craft breweries in Norway and overseas, and a wide range of spirits.
The innermost part of the restaurant is a dining room for private functions, which is decorated with chandeliers and local art. This venue can seat up to 90 guests for larger functions and dinners.
For more than 50 years, Bios Café has been an important meeting place for the local population and people travelling through Northern Norway alike. When the eatery opened its doors for the first time in 1966, it seated 50 guests and the three staff – Dagmar Johansen, Johan Johansen and Ingebjørg Henriksen – did all the cooking and serving themselves. In the intervening years, the family-run café has expanded several times and now has a capacity of 200 guests and a staff of 30.