Aker Brygge is a key place in Oslo for shopping, tourism and dining. A short walk from the main street, you can find the Nobel Peace Center and a newly constructed Tjuvholmen, home to the Astrup Fearnley Museum; one of Oslo’s finest hotels and a picturesque city beach. Here are some of the top dining destinations in the area including some of the better selections of seafood in town.
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Hailed as Oslo’s best sushi several times over, Alex Sushi is definitely one of the most talked about restaurants in the city. In trendy, sleek and modern interiors, this sushi restaurant offers traditional Japanese dishes in new and creative ways, and of a sky-high quality. Situated on the trendy Tjuvholmen, home to the museum of modern art and designer hotels, Alex Sushi matches its surroundings and is a great addition to this vibrant part of the Oslo bay area.
Delicatessen is a Spanish tapas bar situated in the heart of one of Oslo’s most popular and vibrant dining areas, Aker Brygge. Housed in an old industrial building with high ceilings and rustic interiors, this restaurant serves a wide variety of classic Spanish tapas dishes in urban surroundings. Choose three to five dishes and enjoy a culinary treat, accompanied by delicious Spanish wines, recommended by knowledgeable staff.
Out towards Aker Brygge, a prominent building in your line of sight will be the Nobel Peace Center, home to the Nobel Peace Prize Museum and Alfred. Named after the man himself, Alfred Nobel, this restaurant and café serves several courses at reasonable prices, as well as lighter meals and drinks. Locally sourced and seasonably adapted ingredients make up a comprehensive menu, accompanied by a selection of wines. With ample outdoor seating, a view of the harbor and the looming fortress across the bay, Alfred is the perfect spot for an afternoon pick-me-up, as well as an evening meal.
Receiving rave reviews from a wide range of customers, Burger Joint on Aker Brygge is another star-studded addition to the ever expanding and extremely trendy selection of burgers in Oslo. Promoting themselves as ‘where rock ‘n’ roll meets burgers of the highest quality’, this gastro pub serves American classics made with fresh produce in rustic surroundings. As only one of several places serving gourmet burgers at the moment, Burger Joint has managed to stand out in the crowd; take a look and see for yourself!
Joining the ranks of a number of refined pan-Asian restaurants in the city, is Mr Bay. With a strong emphasis on Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, this restaurants aims to combine the very best of South-Asian flavors with high quality Norwegian produce, blending the international and the traditional influences of the city seamlessly. Mr Bay presents an extensive and varied menu and serves smaller dishes to give their guests the tastes of a wider variety of Asian flavours.
Yet another addition to the range of Asian cuisine, perhaps the most popular food in Oslo at the moment, is Hanami. Right down by the water’s edge, with views of the Astrup Fearnly Museum and maximum impact of the afternoon sun, this Japanese fusion restaurant specialises in sushi and robata grill. Serving up delicately arranged fish and grilled meats, Hanami is a worthy enhancement to Japanese food in the capital.
Aiming to allow you to properly experience your food, Tjuvholmen Sjømagasin serves the freshest fish and seafood there is. The admirable display of fish in its window, which is a part of the small shop that sells fresh produce of the sea, tempts customers in as they pass by. From its open kitchen, where you can watch the chefs as they prepare your food, the Sjømagasin serves a variety of dishes with the treasures of the ocean starring as their main ingredients.
With a vibrant and colorful interior, Escalón stands out among its more Nordic neighboring restaurants. This is a classic tapas restaurant serving the typical flavors of the Spanish kitchen, found in olives, hams, cheeses, aioli, chillies, chorizos and meatballs. With an à la carte menu, as well as set menus, or suggestions of 10 to 12 dishes, no diner will leave this lively restaurant hungry. With a drinks menu dominated by a selection of Spanish wines, Escalón is a fairly priced tapas option in one of the most exciting areas of Oslo.
Housed inside The Thief, one of Oslo’s most exclusive new hotels and frequent home to various celebrities as they make their way to the Scandinavian peninsula, is Fru K. With a heavy emphasis on Norwegian produce and culinary tradition, this chic restaurant offers innovative and seasonal dishes of the highest quality. With fish, venison, locally sourced meats and vegetables on the menu, Fru K has gained a mention from the Michelin guide. And though prices match the prestige, few other places in the city will allow you to have your dinner under the watchful eyes of a £1.7 million Warhol painting.
Lofoten Fiskrestaurant brandishes the very best the sea can offer. This restaurant is placed on the main boardwalk of Aker Brygge, giving customers an attractive view over the harbor from its spacious, covered outdoor seating area. In an à la carte menu, seasonally adapted to what produce is available, Lofoten Fiskerestaurant serves anything from shrimps to lobsters and scallops. The hospitable environment, as well as the high quality of its food, makes this restaurant an Oslo favorite when in want of seafood.