This is a wonderful local bakery that produces their own stuff , not some kind of factory outlet. They are linked to Kafe Oscar (see my tip).
They produce a wide selection of fairly traditional cakes and breads, and do things by order, too.
They are consistently using ecologically certified raw materials.
Favorite Dish: Youghurt bread and the "Vollen Bread".
And terrifyingly, a lot of different cakes....
For Christmas I will order their "kransekake", a towering dry almondpaste cake (not marzipan) that is absolutely delicious.... They apparently have success with making these to order.
Open: Mon-Sat 9-17, Sun 10-17 during regular working hours.
Big Horn Steak House is a chain restaurant that just opened a branch in Asker, too.
The specialty is beef steaks, but they do have lots of variations of that theme, as well as some game meat and good salads.
You write your own order where you indicate how you want your steak done. Quite an informal place, and the prices aren't over the top. Slightly western decor inside.
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 16-22, Thu-Sat 16-23, Sun 15-22
Favorite Dish: Mexican beef steak - grilled
Budstikkaguiden is the local resources info pages on the local newspaper's web page. By checking it out you will find a long list of restaurants and more simple eateries with references, their individual web pages and maps.
Go to www.http://www.budstikkaguiden.no/
thereafter click on "Spisesteder" which will show you 7 different categories from Bakery to Restaurant to Gatekjøkken (fast food), albeit with some overlap, such as a restaurant may also be listed as a catering company).
Click on any of these and you get to the actual info pages. Here are the key useful categories for a visitor:
Fast food: http://www.budstikkaguiden.no/bransjer/156-gatekjkken
Peppes Pizza is a nationwide chain of pizza restaurants with generally ok prices and average or above pizzas. this particular one is located within the shopping centre Sandvika Storsenter and has tired and hungry shoppers as their captive market. When we arrived we were ignored completely, and removed the food waste, plates and glasses left by past customers, cleaned off the table with a rug ourselves, then went to order at the counter. The waiter cum teller seemed overworked, the busboy absentminded and slow. The seating arrangements are ok, but the main impression was very much that we do not loike customers here. I wonder about the pay level of Peppe's???
Favorite Dish: The pizza menu is actually quite good and extensive, but we chose the all-you-can-eat pizza buffet which also included a salad bar. There was also some hard-to-define lasagna-like pasta present. my impression is that they do not put their best pizzas on the buffet table. If you are a pizza connosieur choose a different place or something from the top of the range. And perhaps at another place than at the Sandvika Storsenter. There is one more in Sandvika. The buffet was ok as long as you are aware of the cheaper pizzas they lay out there, and the price is ok.
Nesbru Kebab has a long reputation of being the best kebab outlet this side of Oslo, if not over an even wider area. It is off E18, inside the business streets of Billingstad/Fekjan not too far from the big marts of IKEA and Smart Club.
Favorite Dish: This is a kebab plane and kebab is what they have, plus condiments plus some other fast food dishes. Even if I aM not a kebab person, I liked what they served here and their pride of what the owners and workers here do!
I am not a fast food fan. But there is fastfood and fast food. And some food you reserve for fasting, and some places you go after a fast.
What's behind a menu? Good food entrepreneurs who come out of a family cooking tradition and who love satsified customers. and no chain restaurants....
For the average fast kebab eaters there are kebabs, and large servings. The finer script on the meny reads also Indian food. In this fairly unlikely localtion for indian food, none of the Indian food has been left floating in a pan for half a day. Nor du you get the same sauce on yur chicken curry as with the rogan josh. It's all cooked to order. Forget the kebabs - the Indian food here is great, affordable and honest.
Open Mon-Fri: 11:00-22:00; Sat-Sun: 12:00-22:00.
Favorite Dish: Lamb curry. Very good. The other stuff is also good. Big servings, all condiments arrive unasked for, like raita.
Take out, delivery, too.
The price difference of beer ranges up to NOK 30 for half a litre. If you are a beer dog, beware of Baracoa outside Asker Kulturhus (centre) that have some kind of happy hour until 5 pm, NOK 46 per 0,5 L. Not exactly a bargain, but... The same place charges NOK 53 for the same after 5 pm. Pavarotti at Vollen, a very nice and maritime eatery charges NOK 58 for its pint, Misto in Asker centre NOK 59. The most expensive is at snobbish Holmen Fjordhotell where a 0,44 L cost NOK 55=NOK 69 per half litre, enough for an involuntary mouth to mouth resuciation afterwards. Hvalstrand, also upmarket, but at least you know what you are in for, will charge NOK 49 per 0,4 L= NOK 61 for the pint.
Coopting a neigbouring municipality restaurant again, Skytterkollen serves excellent food. So good that people travel from afar to get here.
Serves up hearty meals based on game and fish. Their red deer steaks are great.
Need to prebook during weekends.
Located near a shooting range, and originally established as some sort of club house for the shooting club, it is now a restaurant and a day conference centre in its own right.
Excellent hikig nearby, and many people combine a day hike with dinner upon returning to the Skytterkollen car park.
Favorite Dish: Wild game, deer or roe deer preferably.
Tveter Gård is a municipally owned farm at Semsvannet lake just above Asker centre. While farming jher is obsolete, there are other activities in tha area. Considered the most beauriful farm in Asker. The main market is the local one and they regularly hold Sunday dinners, special events, holidays and connect food service to their other cultural and sports activities. Linked to the reknown (in oslo area at least...) restaurant company "Sult". See web site for further details.
Favorite Dish: Specials vary from time to time and season to season.
Asker is a summer consicentous community and a local friend told me when I needed a part-size grill/BBQ that surely there must be someone renting out such ones?
So, through local research I came across the Vollen Grillservice also called Pose og Sekk, run by Christian Reffheng in Heggedal.
Cost of a medium sized grill (I did for 25 people), coal, delivery, cleaning and pick up was NOK 725 per day/night.
They can also do the actual provisioning of the food, the BBQing etc. also, but it is not a real catering company. Odd place, difficult access etc no problem.
Dolly Dimple's is part of a large internatinal chain and thus not very exciting, and rather predictable. But they do good quick dinners and very good pizza for the Askerianians ("askerbøringene").
They have a sit-down option, take home-option or they-bring-option.
Favorite Dish: Got to be pizza.
After saying good-bye to our Mexican fav Mucho Mas (you still find their restaurant in Oslo), Kosmos has moved in on the same premises.
Aiming at being a family restaurant for a modern and well travelled clinetele, there isn't much that sounds like Norway on the menu. Nor do they seem to have much in terms of a food line. Very eclectic, in other words, and something for everybody, presumably. Very close to an American diner. Sort of place I think I would tire from, I like profile and ethnicity and strength in one direction or the other.
Favorite Dish: Tuna salad is good here!
OK, got to admit it; I never went here.
But let me list it for future review:
Misto mixes a cafè and restuarnat concept, they do parties, Christmas buffets and catering, take-out, contains a delicatessen shop and food gift shop. How could I have missed it????
Favorite Dish: - need to try it out first...
This restaurant in Vollen's marina area has seen a number of incarnations. The current version is quite true to the reality: it is closed during the winter months and does a roaring trade during the summer and boating season. Opening 26 March 2010 after a deep freeze winter.
The location at the Vollen Marina, the outdor seating on the quay, the interior decoration, the setting and much of the clientele are definitely of the Norwegian maritime sort. The food has an Italian emphasis, but a lot of Norwegian favourites as well. New this year is real Italian home-made pizza, probably benefitting from the temporary(?) closure of Furua Pizza & Kebab nearby...
I tried this place a few times, and the dishes were of the fool proof type: maritime theme food, family oriented during day, beer or whitewine-and shrimp-guzzling flavour during the evenings. During summers, sitting outside on the deck with a bowl of shrimp and a cold beer is exactly how it should be.
Favorite Dish: I like most things from the sea, but a bowl of freshly cooked shrimps with mayonnese and freshly baked white loaf pieces can't go wrong.
More advanced fish dishes were good too. Not an exciting menu either, but do not think of Norway's coastal restaurants being anything like that of Sweden's - unfortunately! The location is great and makes up for any shortcomings in the menu. And, if you want higher class food, move up to Mats & Martina in Vollen centre.
Kafe Oscar is located at the Vollen Bakery at Vollen Handelssted (trading post) - confused? Same place as the bakery, but different company. Same, same, but different! as vendors in Nepal say.
In this case, you order at the bakery counter and bring their fantastic goodies to the tables with a lookout on the Vollen harbour area, and Oslo there in the distance.
It's a great place for lunch, and a coffee and a cake if not lunch... The maritime aspect is maintained indoors, too.
Favorite Dish: Any bakery goodies that suits your palate. Not being a big coffee drinker, I need a sweet excuse with my coffee, so I choose the marzipan layer cake... Good muffins, too, they have, and plenty of more...