Friday, September 07, 2012

Bite-sized food from east and west

Where to eat tapas in Oslo

I love to order bite-sized foods to taste with a cold beer and intelligent conversation. Tapas, dim sum, mezze, and sushi are social foods, to be consumed over a longer period of time. And they often end up less expensive too!

Ten years ago, these culinary traditions were hardly represented on the Oslo culinary scene. Since then much have changed. I will share with you some bite-sized experiences from a few very recommendable restaurants in Oslo. I will first start with some tapas restaurants.


Some of you may have guessed that I absolutely love tapas. In Barcelona I enjoyed my Patatas bravas and tortillas every day. In Oslo I have had similarly great experiences, and you end up paying from €3-6 for a tapa.

In the old Police Station at Grønland you find a tiny tapas-restaurant called Vann og Brød - water and bread. This refers to the food the prisoners were served in one of the wings of this large grey building. Here you can enjoy a great selection of warm tapas as small meatballs in tomatosauce and fried squid, and cold serrano ham in thin slices or manchego cheese, all served with fresh bread and aioli. You can even order a sorpresa, a selection of 6 tapas at €30 per person, and you really get more than enough for a nice evening. You can get a large selection of reasonably priced white and red wines, but the price of the San Miguel served in frosted glasses is quite steep, €6 for a 40 cl, and 7,50 for a 60 cl. So try it! It is a charming, and an unusual restaurant.

Adress: Tøyenbekken 5, 0188 Oslo
Phone: +47 47 28 92 68

Another great choice is Barcelona Tapas bar, situated in the charming Grünerløkka area. I have enjoyed high quality tapas meals here, at the latest a year ago when a few friends asked the cook to compose a tapas menu for €25 per head. We were ten, and we had loads of food on large trays. If you choose to visit this place by yourself, you'll find that the price of the tapas is in the same range as Vann og Brød. This means that €50 will get you a very long way.

Adress: Markveien 42, Oslo
Phone +47 22 37 05 00

Other good tapas places:

Cafe Tenerife: Youngstorget 6. A charming small cafe in the old bazaars, serving traditional Spanish foods and a large selection of tapas. This restaurant offers a great place to sit outside and enjoy your food, under the old archways.

San Leandro: Two tapas restaurants situated in the Vika and Majorstuen areas. A selection of tapas at €3,50 and Spanish cured meats. You may order special menus ranging in price from €25 - 40, where you can get a selection of different tapas.

Adress: Haakon VII gate 10, o161 Oslo
Phone: +47 22 83 34 44

Adress: Sporveisgaten 35B, 0354 Oslo
Phone: +47 23 33 00 33

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