Pop-up restaurant! The word is so hot it hurts. Still a fairly new concept in Oslo, although the trend is slowly and steadily growing thanks to influence from cities like Copenhagen and Stockholm. Svinepels is a new pop-up restaurant that caught our interest earlier this year. When they announced a dinner atSeeds in Oslo a month ago, with a 10-course tasting menu and drinks to match, we just had to go check it out. Seeds is a backyard bar and club, and is part of Mesh - the coworking space in Tordenskiolds gate. They have a lot of events, concerts and DJs playing. The musical element of this evening was Jay Nemor.
Svinepels consist of Magnus StÃ¸re and Even RÃ¸mo. Neither of them are educated chefs, they're simply two friends interested in food and fascinated by the modern restaurant experience. Eating out has become almost theatrical in execution. The experiments in the Svinepels kitchen are based on the latest trends that Magnus and Even pick up from the top restaurants around the world. Both in terms of ingredients and presentation.
This specific evening had the coming of spring as topic, and was a reflection of Mother Earth facing the Northern hemispehere toward the sun and all the life that wakes from hibernation. Martin Kloster from Moestue Grape Selection attended the event and served drinks to match each course.
"Risotto kan vÃ¦re godt, men husmÃ¸dre vet bedre" - Porridge of grains with carrot and VÃ¤sterbotten cheese. We ate a nordic risotto at RelÃ¦ in Copenhagen last summer, which inspired us to make our own recipe of sunflower seed risotto as well. You'll find it on the blog. A nice twist from Svinepels to use Swedish cheese in stead of parmesan.
"De de franske kaller petir four, som egentlig bare er munch" - Brown cheese tart, freeze dried apple and macaron with seabuckthorn. Maaemo serves a brown cheese tart too, but this was more similar to a traditional cheese cake and very tasty! Seabuckthorn taste amazing and Svinepels has obviosuly gathered that it is very trendy as well.
Svinepels pop-up was a nice experience. The food, the drinks and the music put together made it a great evening. We wish the team good luck with future events, and encourage them to work even more with the flavors and contrast, but also the presentation of each dish. In terms of price they match restaurants in Oslo like Kontrast, Pjoltergeist and Bon Lio. That means expectations from guests are pretty high as well.
Here you can find all the restaurants I visit and frequent. From Berlin to Helsinki and from Oslo to Lima.