2017 has been a good year for Oslo, gastronomically speaking. New restaurants keep popping out all over the city, especially in the up and coming neighborhoods like Tøyen. From Nordic fine dining to gourmet cheese sandwiches and everything in between, below you’ll find the best new entries in Oslo’s restaurant scene.
Situated at Tøyen, one of the most aspiring parts of Oslo nowadays, this cozy Asian restaurant serves really fresh and tasty dim sum. Do try their Norwegian lobster dumplings with butter for a Nordic take on the staple dish.
Between Grünerløkka, Grønland, and Tøyen, you can find a little piece of Denmark. Opened in August, Vintage Kitchen serves Danish smørrebrød for lunch every day, and hearty, Nordic dishes accompanied with some great wine selections at night (the place also doubles as a wine bar).
Asian sensation burger | Courtesy of Kveneriet Solli
Kverneriet already has establishments in Tønsberg and Majorstua, and now they’re bringing their juicy burgers to Solli Square. Pair yours with some truffle parmesan fries and a Bloody Mary, and you’re all set.
Eating brunch outside at Grådi | Courtesy of Grådi
Another new arrival in Tøyen, Grådi has something to offer for every hour of the day; from eggs benedict and pancakes for brunch, to lomper with duck for lunch and daily specials like Pho soup for dinner. Grådi is short for grådig, which means greedy in Norwegian—and we’ll forgive you if you get a bit greedy yourself in there.
A perfect place for a date, or for meeting people after work, Genki by Sabi is Sabi Omakase’s little sister restaurant: a more casual Japanese place in Vikaterrasen that does bento boxes (which you can also take away) and other Izakaya-style delights.
This is fine dining at its best. À L’aise does French cuisine with a Danish know-how. You will have to dress up to savor their langoustines paired with Dom Perignon, or their white chocolate dome with edible flowers, but it will be worth it.
Fyr Bistronomi & Bar | Courtesy of Fyr Bistronomi & Bar
Situated in Majorstua, Fyr manages to balance grilling things to perfection and offering a refreshingly Nordic twist on bistro dishes that are at the same time elaborate and authentic. If you have to choose one dish (although their menu, Full Fyr, is excellent and paired with wine and cocktails), make it their langustines, served simply with bread and infused butter.
Topphem, the sister restaurant of critically acclaimed Bokbacka in Skovveien, recently opened its doors at Solli plass. The small, tapas-style dishes to share offer a nice variety, making this a place to come and share food with friends.
Melt grilled cheese sandwich with mozzarella and parmesan | Courtesy of Melt
If the idea (let alone the smell) of a grilled cheese sandwich is enough to make you salivate, then you should definitely stop by St. Hanshaugen. The guys behind Trondheim’s successful Melt Grilled Cheese venue are bringing some of that cheesy goodness to the capital. Expect gourmet twists on the classic cheese sandwich, like lamb and lingonberries or beetroot and arugula—and of course, expect a pot of melted cheese to dip your fries in.
In Frognerveien, you will find the brand new Galt, helmed by a team of chefs that include Michelin Chef Bjørn Svensson. There’s only the option of a six-course menu, which you can enhance with fresh oysters, cheese and ham platters, and a wine pairing—but thanks to the hearty ingredients and sophisticated execution of classic Nordic flavors, you won’t want for anything.