Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lunch next weekend in Oslo? Try Food Story!

Photo: Company website
I had visitors from out of town last weekend. They had read a favourable review of the restaurant Food Story in the paper, so we decided to give it a try. Informal, uncomfortable, rustic are words to describe the experience, and the food was great and reasonably priced. 25 EUR for a "all-you-can-eat" tapas menu is not bad!

Rating: Food Story: BBBB (4,02 points)
  • Location: BBBB+
  • Service: BBBB
  • Interior: BBB+
  • Food: BBBBB-
  • Beverage: BBB+
Oslo is not the place to go if you want a good meal at a reasonable price. Be prepared to set aside 25 EUR for the main course, and a further 15 EUR per person for wine per person.

The Grünerløkka area is great place for shopping and food. Here you find a great number of chic small shops selling pottery, clothes, shoes and much. more. On Sundays there is a flea market in the Birkelunden park where you may buy some vintage junk to bring home.

Photo: Thorvald Meyersgate by Tsaetre
The area has a great number of restaurants as well. Food Story is a restaurant / grocery shop located in the lower end of Thorvald Meyers gate by Schous Plass. It is easy to reach by tram or by foot. Downtown Oslo is a concentrated and highly accessible area.

Food Story is a rustic restaurant, overcrowded. Seating is not the most comfortable, and there is little space to the next table.

You order drinks by the table and then you can just start your meal by the buffet. No fancy wine glasses, fine china, cutlery or napkins. This is informal eating, but very good.

The buffet brunch  at Food Story lasts from 11 AM to 5 PM on Sundays. You could choose from  a mix of a tapas buffet with different salads.

Albondigas!
Spicy albondigas, meatballs in tomato sauce, delicious meatballs, but the tomato sauce was a little sharp.

Lovely omelet with spinach with grated parmesan cheese - one of my favourites. 

There were large chorizos fried with onions and vegetables.

Food Story offered several options for those of you that prefer a salad. Another favourite was a cold pasta salad with salmon. Creamy, sticky and extremely tasty.

At the end of the meal you could pick small brownies, panna cotta, and other puddings, as quickly as the staff could replace the ones snatched as they were set at the buffet.

There were a large selection of beer and wine. I chose a pint of white beer with fresh citrus aroma - a very good march in my mind to the food.
Photo: Almond panna cotta by Joy

Young, noisy, slightly hip crowd - Food Story is lively. You are advised to book table in advance, if you are not prepared to stand in line in order to wait for a table.

The whole dining experience at Food Story ended up at NOK 250 (€ 31), not bad for a buffet and beer. This is a bargain for the hungry of you, and for those in love with Mediterranean style food.

The four B's is well deserved. The food is definitely five star material, but Food Story offers low seating comfort and little space. During summer you may, however, escape to the back yard.

NOK 198 is a bargain compared to many other restaurants in Oslo.

Address: Food Story, Grünerløkka
Thorvald Meyersgate 61
0552 Oslo, Norway
See website here
 


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