Monday, August 30, 2010

Culinary institution reopens

Photo: Hotel Continental, Oslo, built 1900. Theatercafeen at first floor, by Mahlum 
December 22nd 1900 marked the opening day of Theatercafeen, one of Oslo's most legendary restaurants. August 22nd this Viennese-style café reopened after extensive restoration works with the grand old Dame of Norwegian theatre, Wenche Foss (below), as guest of honor.

Theatercafeen, located in Hotel Continental facing Norway's National Theatre is listed by the NY Times as one of the 10 most famour restaurants in the world.

Its interior is inspired by Café Central in Vienna, that had Peter Altenberg, Theodor Herzl, Alfred Adler, Egon Friedell, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Anton Kuh, Adolf Loos, Leo Perutz, Alfred Polgar and Leon Trotsky as regular guests.

Wenche Foss 2006 by Bogartsmokes
Theatercaféen is an institution, similarly celebrates  its famous guests. A large display of portraits are found on its walls of Norwegian writers, authors, actors, musicians, composers and other prominent figures from Norway's cultural sphere. They have have in common that they are, or have been, regular guests at Theatercaféen.

Be aware that style is reflected in the price. It is definitely one of the pricier places to eat in the Norwegian capital. The food is traditional / continental in style.

Hotel Continental
Stortingsgaten 24/26.
Phone: +47 22 82 40 00
Online booking here
Theatercafeen on Hotel Continentals official website

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