Restaurant Havsmak is a seafood restaurant, which has seasonal menus, lobsters all year round and an expensive (but interesting) five-course menu. The only negative point about the restaurant is that you should not trust too much the menus outside... when you go in you'll discover that some dishes are not in the inside menu.
Favorite Dish: While food was generally good without being outstanding, the desserts turned out spectacular. I had a very unassuming fish soup which tasted more like tomatoes than like fish, a good baked cod with lentils, and a heavenly cloudberry mousse with cream. My partner had creme brulee - excellent but tiny.
This is the restaurant run by A.'s best friend. It is as authentic Italian as you can get - with pizzas, and the best selection of Italian wines in Norway. Upmarket, so dress to impress.
Ask for "Angela Taliaferro" - she'll be the tall, friendly Texan walking around.
Favorite Dish: Anything on the menu is good. These people are genuinely passionate about food and Angela is one of the best, having also worked with the Relais & Chateaux group at il Bottaccio di Montignoso in Tuscany.
It is the best restaurant guide for Oslo, written by young people.
Generally, you won't find norwegian food so tasty unless you are from... Finland or Sweden... If you can afford to pay something like twice the central European prices you may find some interesting dishes at Oslo's luxurious restaurants.
Favorite Dish: For budget tourists choose Pizza 'Peppe's', several places in the center. You can enjoy the norwegian family's new national dish at a nice price, about 100 NOK per person with a drink...
Go for places with international kitchen, instead: less expensive and with ok food...
We had a great time in that restaurant, eating so delicious and beautiful food, enjoying company and very good looking personel ;)
We spent there quite long time, no rush is necessary when having such a good meal. Good choice of wines and desserts as well.
Recommend as a perfect place for romantic dinner in two as well as a big dinner with bunch of friends!
Favorite Dish: I have chosen lobster with king prawns, scallops and other seafood with delicious vegatables. For dessert recommend deed fried banana with cream on top. hhhhhhhhhhhhmmmmmm really good!
aha, you can also try real chinese beer there!
The two kinds of restaurants I really like are the old brown cafees and the new ethnic restaurants, but even a number of newer more-or-less-trying-to-be-very- hip restaurants are worth a visit.
Some worth mentioning:
1.The brown cafees.
-Dovrehallen in Storgata, with a bar/cafe on the streetlevel, and a cafee on the floor above with the same dishes slightly cheaper.An elderly clientele, sturdy and filling dishes. Try their Eisbein or Fårikål(sheep in cabbage) and roll slowly out afterwards.
2. Cordial, further down the steet, and Schous hallen, just across the river in Grünerløkka are other brown cafees with a solid tradition.Lorry, just behind the palace is a more upmarket place, with a wide variety of beer(but not so wide as they claim)but I still try to catch their pinnekjøtt (smoked boiled mutton, a western speciality) before the yuletide.
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2. Ethnic restaurants.
a) Vietnamese. In the areea called Inner city east, i.e. between the river and roughly Henrik Ibsen gate, there is a number of vietnamese restaurants, where Saigon in Bernt Ankers gate is my favorite.
b) South asian. Travel to Grønland underground station, and due north you will find what has been referred to as 'Little Karachi' with a number of cafees where one can find diverse south asian food at low prices.
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c) New cafes.
A few worth visiting:
Den gode kafe, in Fredensborgveien behind the main library.
Delicatessen in Grünerløkka, close by the river.
Furtehr westward you will find Palace Grill(name taken from Steinbec´s Montery tales) close by the US embassy.
Allright- we might as well face it. Oslo is not famed for it's culinary delights. Sure- we have some good restaurants here too, and generally you get what you pay for. Much more interesting is a trip to the fish market in summer. It is located close to the city centre, by City Hall and Aker Brygge. Here you can buy all sorts of seafood straight from the vessel- and at competitive prices. If you don't have access to cooking facilities while here, a bag of shrimps straight off the boat is always a winner. They are usually around $8-10 pr. kilo. So take the shrimps, along with your beverage of choice and head off to Vippetangen just a short stroll away. From there you can catch a ferry that will take you to any of the small islands in the Oslo fjord (tickets are only $2). Lots of great spots for picnics, swimming and sunbathing there. If you prefer threadless, there is even a nude beach on one of the islands.
The finest fishrestaurant in Oslo, you can find at the harbourarea, just underneath the fortress. Two minutes walk from the City Hall. More pictures here
If you are in my neighbourhood, you really should visit the 'brown bar's'. Here at BOB'S they serve the cheapest beer in Oslo. NOK 29,- (For us Norwegians, thats really cheap, the price we pay elsewere is about NOK 50,-
Best bargin in Oslo for Beer.
Oslo is proud to have a good varity of cafés and restaurants, some of them at top european (french) level and belive it or not, coffee-shops that makes delicious hot and cold beverages of very high quality. There lays a danger into that too, becuase you could get dicted, which has happend to most of my neighbours. The ones to recommend is ofcourse Evita on the east side of Oslo (Grønland), its a small but very well runned coffee-bar with helpful and smiling staff. Its worth a peek and a taste.
Oslo has a wide range of restaurants, cafés and bistros providing friendly service and serving excellent meals. The French cuisine has gained an enviable reputation and Greek, Chinese and Italian restaurants are also rapidly appearing. Seafood is Oslo’s speciality with delicious fresh fish such as salmon, lobster and herrings. Seafood restaurants along 'Aker Brugge (Aker Warf)' are particularly good and offer outdoor dining with waterside views. Game is another speciality; venison in a rich port sauce and rabbit served with mushrooms and cranberries are well worth trying.
Mmm Well restaurants I didn't get to visit any but there are many Burger King and Mcdonalds togeather with American Themed Diners to be found. I recommend eating at the Radisson Hotel though,,, very good service and palatable food.
Favorite Dish: Fish,,, I like the sea and like to eat it's inhabitants
Well, not actually an resturant, but there is a fastfood resturant named Valkyrien Takaway. Their hamburgers beats every burger I have ever tasted.
Typical fastfood-resturant. The staff is really nice.
Favorite Dish: The chicken burger (it's not fried - only pure chicken breasths). They have letters from tourist all over the world telling how satisfied they were with the burger.
We found that most of the good looking restaurants closed at 9:30pm, and it was already that time. We ended up at The Scotsman, which looked like an 'English Pub', and not the sort of place I go to when abroad. Nevertheless, the food was very good, and the service friendly, with pleasant live music.
Favorite Dish: Reindeer with caramelised onions.
Go in one of the many fish restaurants
Favorite Dish: Salmon with Spinach - just great! Be sure that restaurants are quite expensive in Oslo. This Salmon menue with a glass of white wine was about € 24.00 .
This is one of the top restaurants in Oslo. But if you are on a tight budget, do not enter this place.