We’ve been back from Oslo for less than 24 hours and I felt the need to write this post about where to eat and drink in Oslo already because I miss it so much.
Oslo truly left a lasting impression on me and with its eclectic combination of ingredients, flavours, stunning settings and intriguing dishes; so did its food scene.
My first post in my Oslo series is all about where to eat and drink in Oslo!
Where to eat and drink in Oslo
Before we even went to Oslo, we knew just how expensive food and drink could be so we anticipated in advance of not eating out for every single meal.
Having said that, whenever we travel, we try to go in a self-catering apartment, (review post on our Oslo apartment coming soon!) which makes it much easier and more affordable as we don’t have to spend money on three meals a day eating out.
We usually head to a local supermarket and pick up some supplies for breakfast food and sandwiches that we can take with us during the day. It might mean that we don’t experience every single place to eat, but it means that we can save money for a slightly more lavish dinner.
I’ll have a post all about travel tips in Oslo coming soon and about why it’s a good idea to think about going for self-catering accommodation, especially in an expensive city like Oslo.
But for now, here’s where to eat and drink in Oslo!
We visited Pizza Crudo pretty much as soon as we arrived in Oslo as we’d been up since 2am and we were both absolutely starving.
Pizza Crudo is located inside Paleet; a shopping centre on Karl Johans gate which is the main street that runs through Oslo. It’s also part of an eating area with two other restaurants; Sabaki and Public.
While pizza obviously isn’t synonymous with Norwegian cuisine, we didn’t really care too much at this point and just wanted something carby, delicious and greasy to indulge in.
The pizzas at Pizza Crudo did just the trick to sate us. The dough was wonderful; soft and chewy with a lightly crispy crust and the tomato sauce and cheese were in ample supply. We were originally planning to share one, but I’d definitely suggest going for one each if you’re pretty hungry; they’re sure to fill you right up!
Margarita pizza: 179kr (£16)
Ham pizza: 195kr (£17.50)
Den Glade Gris was on our list of places to eat in Oslo long before we even arrived in the Norwegian capital!
I’d read many blog posts and foodie articles offering their praises to Den Glade Gris so I knew it had to be on our list of places to eat.
The traditional Norwegian restaurant offers a hearty selection of meat and fish dishes, with enormous portion sizes and exquisite flavours. Every time we walked past the restaurant it was absolutely heaving, so we both knew it was a great choice for our last meal in Oslo.
I ordered the beer battered fish and chips, served with pea mash and tartare sauce. In my opinion, there’s no better fish and chips than when it’s from your local fish shop, served with lashings of curry sauce. However, my dish at Den Glade Gris offered up stiff competition for my local chip shop back at home.
While it wasn’t served with curry sauce, the fish itself was absolutely unreal. The batter was light and crunchy and incredibly flavoursome and the fish itself was flaky, white and so tasty.
Matt opted for Den Glade Gris’ signature dish; the pork knuckle served on a bed of mustard mash with vegetables.
The pork knuckle is promised to have been marinated and slow cooked on the grill for at least five hours before serving; meaning that the crackling is deliciously crispy and the meat is wonderfully tender.
It certainly lived up to both our expectations (of course I had a little taste!); the pork meat was in plentiful supply and the crackling was absolutely delightful. The portion size was huge and we both agreed that if you’re not a big eater, then you might want to consider sharing one of these bad boys!
It might not look like a whole lot of meat to begin with, but once you dive right in, you’d be surprised at just how much there was to indulge in!
Matt and I aren’t typically dessert people but after eating so much salty meat and rich flavours on our trip to Oslo, we found ourselves craving something sweet after almost every meal.
Our dessert of choice at Den Glade Gris was the chocolate mousse served with berries. The mousse was incredibly creamy and rich and was the perfect way to finish our last meal in Oslo!
Fish and chips: 206kr (£18.50)
Pork knuckle: 299kr (£26.70)
Chocolate mousse: 112kr (£10)
This particular place to eat is voted as the best restaurant in the whole of Oslo and after our visit there, it’s remarkably easy to see why!
The food at Mirabel’s has made its way on to our list of the best cuisines we’ve ever eaten (and we’ve eaten at a lot of places!).
My main course of choice was the bacon wrapped tenderloin with Mediterranean vegetables, creamy bacon sauce and a baked potato with homemade spiced butter. It was without a doubt one of the best dishes I’ve ever eaten on holiday.
The beef tenderloin was succulent and tender and paired with the creamy bacon sauce, it had a delectably divine taste.
I’m not really a vegetable person but I polished the whole lot off in this dish as they were honestly just that good. I swapped my jacket potato with Matt’s serving of Mirabel’s version of dauphinoise potatoes which was an excellent choice as they were the idyllic accompaniment to my beef and bacon ensemble.
Matt’s main course of choice was the moose tenderloin with honey chanterelle sauce, vegetables and the dauphinoise potatoes (which we swapped).
According to Matt, the moose tenderloin was the best cut of meat he’s ever had and the dish as a whole was one of the best things he’d ever eaten; which for a couple of foodies says an awful lot about the quality of food at Mirabel.
Moose is quite an eclectic choice of meat for a regular restaurant but it made a regular appearance on menus at different restaurants throughout Oslo so if you’re a meat-eater, I’d recommend sampling it because the meat was juicy, tender and full of flavour.
For dessert we went for the chocolate fondant made with dark chocolate that came equipped with vanilla ice cream and berries.
The chocolate sauce inside the fondant was incredibly rich and decadent and the exterior was warm and crisp; it paired perfectly with the vanilla ice cream and I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this indulgent dessert!
Moose tenderloin: 369kr (£33)
Beef tenderloin: 329kr (£29.50)
Chocolate fondant: 109kr (£9.70)
2 sex on the beach cocktails: 129kr each (£11.50)
Rorbua restaurant resides on the seafront in Aker Brygge and is a very highly rated restaurant in Oslo.
Matt and I aren’t really the biggest fans of seafood but as we were in the capital city of a seafood-loving country, we felt it was only apt to at least try a variation of food that came from the sea right in front of us.
For his main, Matt choose the barbecue skewers of whale, deer, moose and reindeer that were served with fresh salad, roasted potatoes and a sour cream and ram onion dressing.
The moose and reindeer offerings on the skewer were wonderfully cooked and incredibly tender cuts of meat; the deer was a little ‘gamey’ for Matt. The whale on the other hand was a slightly obscure offering and wasn’t really what we were expecting.
It was quite bland in flavour and was probably the most chewy meat on the skewer. It was an experience to try it out but I don’t think either of us are converted fans…
The accompaniment of vegetables however were perfect for the skewers dish and overall Matt thoroughly enjoyed his slightly eccentric meal.
My choice of main course at Rorbua was rather out of my comfort zone; I’m a meat-eater but I usually tend to stick with the same sort of cuts of meat so I was excited to branch out with my food in Oslo.
I went for the moose, reindeer and deer dish that was cooked in a creamy wild sauce with bacon, onions and mushrooms. It was served with mashed potatoes and cranberries and was absolutely, utterly divine.
The flavours of the meat were truly piquant and unique but thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless. The accompanying mashed potato was a welcome addition to the dish as it was ideal for mopping up the rest of the stew sauce. This was such a great meal and an incredible restaurant with a thriving atmosphere; definitely one of the best places to eat and drink in Oslo!
Barbecue skewers: 349kr (£31)
Meat stew: 315kr (£28)
It seemed that when it came to photographing our snacks and drinks in Oslo, I forgot quite a lot of the time.
Hence the half eaten sandwich from United Bakeries above…
United Bakeries had a few cafes dotted around the city but the one that we went to was located inside Paleet (the shopping centre where we ate at Pizza Crudo on our first day).
The eatery offered a plethora of delicious-looking sandwiches, breakfast options and cakes. We opted for a simple ham and cheese sandwich on a white baguette as we intended on saving our appetites for a more substantial dinner later that day.
The sandwich wasn’t particularly anything to shout about but it was tasty enough. I’d have liked to try out more of the breakfast menu however, as the eggs and bacon dish looked truly scrumptious!
Two cheese and ham sandwiches: 75kr each (£6.70)
We stopped off at Café Europa on our first day in Oslo while we were waiting to be able to check into our apartment.
It’s quite a spacious cafe, with plenty of seating areas and plush furniture and decor. We were practically the only people in the cafe when we visited, save for a group of businessmen who were ironically tucking into huge pints of beer…
Our hot chocolates were rich and creamy and served in glasses as opposed to mugs which I don’t usually like but the heavenly taste of these hot chocolates meant that I could look passed that minor detail!
Hot chocolate: 46kr each (£4)
Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of our hot chocolates at the Nobel Peace Prize Center (although there is a snap of them over on my Instagram Stories!).
The hot chocolates themselves were pretty bang average as the cafe specialises in unique blends of coffee; so I’d recommend going for a more luxurious coffee if you pay a visit here.
However, we still thoroughly enjoyed tucking into a warming hot chocolate inside the Prize Center as it was such a unique place to enjoy a hot drink!
Our drinks were also the cheapest item of food and drink that we bought during our entire trip!
Hot chocolate: 39kr each (£3.50)
The Scotsman pub is located on Karl Johans Gate and was just a 2 minute walk from our apartment.
It’s the largest pub in Oslo and it’s incredibly warm and welcoming inside; with plenty of seating areas both upstairs and downstairs.
The only downside is that a round of drinks is incredibly (around £10 each drink!) but then you can pretty much expect that from anywhere in Oslo when it comes to alcohol!
While this list of places to eat isn’t quite as extensive as my guide to food in Prague, we still managed to find a great selection of places to eat and drink in Oslo!
Have you ever been to the Norwegian capital? Where did you eat in and drink in Oslo? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.