Thursday, January 26, 2012

Rating Fiskeriet Youngstorget - Oslo Norway

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Many of us grieved when Erling Moe fish and fine meats at Youngstorget in downtown Oslo closed in 2009. It was one place to buy products hard to get elsewhere in the Norwegian capital. To our joy another specialty shop, Fiskeriet, opened selling seafood, and takeaway. There is also a bar serving a small selection of fish, mussels and crustaceas.   
Rating Fiskeriet Youngstorget: BBBB (3,80 points)
  • Location: BBBB+
  • Service: BBBBB-
  • Interior & Atmosphere: BBB-
  • Food: BBB+
Fiskeriet is located at Youngstorget by Storgata, Oslos second shopping street, just a few minutes away from Oslo Central Station. Just opposite is Oslos old police station and the government area heavily damaged during the terror attack July 22nd 2011.

Fiskeriet Youngstorget is an extremely busy place, packed with people buying fish or take away. Quite a few choose to sit by the bar ordering an open sandwich, fish'n chips or a fish soup. The bar area is small and cramped with people.

This is certainly not a comfortable place to eat, but the atmosphere is informal and nice. You are seated on high bar stools around the bar area or by the window, not my favourite eating position. During summer there is additional seating outside.

The staff is extremely nice but busy, busy. They take orders for take away or serving hot food with a smile, and you do not have to wait long to be served.

I definitely recommend the fish'n chips at Fiskeriet Youngstorget, but I was tempted to choose the lobster ravioli, a delicacy I've been served in New England, and definitely one of my favourites. I immediately saw that something was wrong, when served. The pasta used for the raviolis was definitely to thin, as it had burst releasing all the filling into the sauce.

In spite of this, the taste was exceptionally good, well seasoned with a sweetness complemented with a little chili that tickled your taste buds. It would have been sensational if the lobster meat had been concealed in the small pasta pouches.

I had a cold glass of beer to the ravioli, but ideally I should have chosen a dry white wine, a riesling or a chablis, but the beer worked as well. Full marks for Fiskeriet Youngstorget for service, location and taste, but it is not a place offering comfort and marks would have been higher if texture and presentation of the lobster ravioli had been better.
    Fiskeriet Youngstorget
    Youngstorget 2b, 0181 Oslo
    Phone: +47 22 42 45 40

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