Thursday, September 06, 2012

Rating Delicatessen - Oslo

From left: Aïoli, prawns in garlic, fried chorizo, patatas bravas, fillet of beef and skewer (outside photo)
Delicatessen is the name of two tapas restaurants in Oslo, and I went to dine there. Delicatessen was a far cry from the best tapas-places I have visited, and is surpassed by many other similar restaurants in Oslo
Rating Delicatessen, Oslo: BBBB- (3,71 points)

  • Location: BBBB+
  • Service: BBBB+
  • Interior & atmosphere: BBB
  • Food: BBB
  • Beverage: N/A

Delicatessen, Majorstuen is located on a corner in Vibesgate, a quiet residential area in Majorstuen in Oslo’s west end, easy to get to, either by bus or by subway.
If you decide to dine inside, you are seated on rustic stools by small tables. The interior at Delicatessen is quite dark, and there is not much comfort to talk of. There is very little room at the table, and the seating arrangement is very uncomfortable. Besides this, there is practically no space between the tables - you are uncomfortably close to your neighbours.
We were attended by two young waitresses, and as there were hardly no one there (an ominous sign??), so we were given excellent service.

We ordered six tapas dishes at Delicatessen. Scampi with garlic, fried chorizo, patatas bravas, baked fillet of beef, lamb skewer with hummus and bread with aïoli. Scampi was a little overcooked and tasted very little of garlic. Chorizo was very thinly sliced and had dried out - too salt with no good balanced aromas. It would have helped to fry the sausage in sherry. The beef was delicious, medium roasted and served in a slightly sweet sauce.
One big disappointment was the skewer, as the small serving plate contained just one, making it hard to share. The Asian inspired side dishes were delicious (as I had a taste, but had no skewer).
All the tapas dishes were served on a wooden plate, with bread and aïoli aside. Bread and aïoli should, in my opinion, be served as a free side dish when you order tapas for 300 NOK (25 Euros), but at Delicatessen you pay up. The bread was slightly dry and the crust was so tough that you had trouble to bite and chew. Aïoli did not taste much of garlic.
So you are right, apart from the service and location Delicatessen was no big experience. There are a growing number of tapas restaurants in Oslo, and you should consider another one. Food was expensive considering the quality and you were not offered much comfort during your meal either.

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