Kontrast, by Swedish chef Mikael Svensson, is not a new restaurant in Oslo. However, it recently closed down it's old venue at the Carlton hotel Guldsmeden in Skillebekk. We were actually there in February this year to check out the final menu before they moved (we might post it later). The new location is at Vulkan, just above Mathallen, and it opened this Wednesday the 8th of April.
Restaurant Manager Ola Larsson welcomes us in the door. It's a Saturday night and we booked a table just thirty minutes ago. Brasserie Paleo is half empty on this cold, dark January evening. Ola asks if we want something to drink before we eat and points towards the bar. "A glass of wine or perhaps a cocktail?" You had us at cocktail...
I was born and raised in Peru, a great culinary country that also happens to have the biggest Japanese community in Latin America. If you grew up in Peru you would know the term "Nikkei". It is the Japanese immigrants and their descendants. This meeting of cultures in Peru resulted in the wonderful "Nikkei cuisine" - a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian food. The dishes and ingredients of Peru are combined with those of Japan and prepared in accordance with the methods of both kitchens.
Mission Taco opened tonight as the new kitchen of the bar and music venue Revolver in Møllergata. Oslo has a lot of taco places already, but this is to our knowledge the first to be directly influenced by the specific "Mission style" from the Mission District in San Francisco.
The concept at Mission Taco is to offer taco to the people. It is supposed to be an affordable place to eat tacos, in contrast to many of the current taco restaurants in the city, e.g. Taco Republica. You order at the bar, pay in advance, they bring to your table and you eat with your hands.
When Hitchhiker first opened its doors in April this year, Anders went there seven times in the opening weeks because he loved it so much. Finally, Oslo had a Mekka for street food with inspiration from all over the world! Like a child growing up, Hitchhiker has had its challenges, and during the summer and early autumn we saw it go through a pretty rough puberty. However, now it seems Hitchhiker is back! Back on track - back to the origin of simple and good flavors. We tested the whole tasting menu, and one of the lunch options, together with Fredrik, Marius and Anders.
On of the new trends we see in Oslo is that the big malls are refurbishing and opening food courts in their lower floors. Paleet in Karl Johan did so earlier this autumn, as parts of modernizing their mall. Now Steen & Strøm in Nedre Slottsgate has done the same. While Paleet's attempt turned out to be more of a gathering of restaurants in one floor, Steen & Strøm has actually made a food court where you can shop around and grab a table where you feel like it.
Last November it was the Mexican kitchen which opened two new restaurants in Oslo - Taco Republica and Tijuana. The first being quite hyped, and the latter almost anonymous in comparison. However, Tijuana became my favorite because of the food, concept and prices, although I can still enjoy Taco Republica as well.
Smalhans at St. Hanshaugen. The mission: To take over the intensive two hour daily lunch/dinner service between 4pm and 6pm.
The Latin American restaurant boom in Oslo, as the newspaper Aftenposten called it, begins withAymara opening it’s doors yesterday – Tuesday the 4th of November in Parkveien 64 near Solli. Piscoteket is to follow on Thursday the 20th of November. Table is booked for that too, and we are excited to compare the two places.
It’s Delicatessen’s Rodrigo Belda which now opens Oslo’s first Peruvian restaurant. Rodrigo explains that they are importing a lot of ingredients from Peru, as well as Peruvian beer and Pisco.
Here you can find all the restaurants I visit and frequent. From Berlin to Helsinki and from Oslo to Lima.