Monday, May 02, 2011

Sanguine Brasserie Operaen, Oslo

If you cannot get a ticket to a performance at the new Norwegian opera house, it is still worth a visit as one of the new landmarks of Oslo. When you have walked on and over this this snow white structure, it is a good idea to try a meal at the Sanguine Brasseri located in the opera foyer. A little pricey, maybe, but absolute one pf the better meals of 2011.
Rating Sanguine Brasserie Operaen: BBBBB- (4,59 points)
  • Location: BBBBB
  • Service: BBBBB-
  • Interior & Atmosphere: BBBB+
  • Food: BBBBB
  • Beverage: BBBB
Sanguine Brasseri enjoys the prime location within the Oslo's new opera house. It is located a short walk away from Oslo Central Station and it rests, like an iceberg, on the water creating a new artificial coastline. The design is made by the world famous Snøhetta architects that created the new library of Alexandria in Egypt and takes part in the reconstruction of the 9/11 site on Manhattan.

The building is made from white Carrara marble, and you may walk up to the top admiring the towers and roofs of the city. Do bring your sun glasses, as the light is strongly reflected from the stone.

Sanguine Brasserie is located in the opera foyer. Here you may visit the bar to have a drink, or you may be seated for a meal from an informal and modern menu.

You are offered great service from a professional staff, taking orders and serving you without any delay.

You are seated on modern white metal chairs by tables elegantly set for your meal. The chairs were slightly uncomfortable, and all shining white furniture in the equally white interior may feel chic, but also cold. All this white has been contrasted by the enormous walkways up to the different levels of the huge opera.

I ordered Skagen salad on sourdough bread with red beets, shallots and fried capers. If you thought that open sandwich would be a teaser to a slightly overweight person like me, think again. This dish was a full meal on itself. It was served on a large white plate. The bread was completely hidden under a larger serving of deliciously crispy fresh lettuce and a large heap of salad made with prawns, onions, mayonnaise, red beetroot and capers. The two latter are not present in a traditional Skagen salad, but these additions made the sandwich even better.

The amount of mayonnaise was small, and the other ingredients were present in abundance, making it into a rather healthy meal. The sweetness of the shallots and beetroot well balanced by the savory prawns and capers. All deliciously fresh providing the perfect texture. I found the presence of the fried capers intriguing as they released deep salty aromas with every crunch.

And what to drink? I chose a pint of cold beer, but a glass of cold white wine would have worked equally well.

This is certainly not the last time I will take a Saturday lunch at Sanguine Brasserie. In spite of it being a little pricey, you are bound to be happy when you leave. I and my company chose three different dishes, and all were thrilled by the quality of the meal.

Sanguine Brasserie
Kirsten Flagstads Plass 1
0150 Oslo‎

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