May 2022 brings with it five more live releases from the Nordic Countries Guide, revealing details of some of the Michelin Inspectors' favourite new additions.
The guide covers Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden but this month’s releases focus on Oslo in Norway: a thriving foodie hub home to several Michelin-Starred restaurants.
Live updates take place monthly throughout the year, and culminate in the annual Michelin Star Revelation, when the Michelin Stars, Bib Gourmands and Green Stars are announced and the full selection for all five countries is released.
You'll find the newly recommended restaurants listed on both the Michelin Guide website and iOS and Android apps: they’re easy to spot, as they’re highlighted by a ‘New’ symbol.
This smart new brasserie comes from Mikael Svensson, the chef-owner of One Michelin-Starred Kontrast – also in Oslo – and the team here have certainly hit the ground running. It’s set over two floors and is light, spacious and modern in style, with an open kitchen and a relaxing feel. The menu offers unfussy European dishes, with everything from halibut crudo to mature, dry-aged steaks to share. The restaurant’s name derives from the Avalon plum, which is served as a jam with the Basque cheesecake.
This refreshingly understated brasserie with its classic styling, well-spaced tables and large open kitchen is sister to nearby Vaaghals, and its smartly dressed team provide engaging, friendly service. Seasonal menus offer skilfully prepared, classic French brasserie dishes like beef tartare, lobster roll, turbot meunière and entrecôte of veal, followed by peach Melba or chocolate soufflé; the duck for two and the tarte flambée are not to be missed. The French-leaning wine list offers great choice, with over 20 wines by the glass.
HYDE keeps the lights down low but cranks the music up high – and the laid-back, lively atmosphere makes for a fun night out. The stripped-back, low-ceilinged spot – named after the British chef’s mother – is set in a large residential block, and staff are super-smiley and eager to please. Top quality ingredients are skilfully cooked to create delicate dishes with interesting texture contrasts and bold, punchy flavours. The well-chosen wine list focuses on natural wines – and the pairings are worth going for.
This villa, overlooking the city, was commissioned by banker Jørgen Haslev Heftye in 1864. The dining rooms offer all the period charm you might expect from a house of such an age, and come with high ceilings, original plasterwork, dark, moody décor and black and white photos. Seasonal menus offer something for everyone, including vegetarians. The understated, classically based dishes have a Norwegian heart and are well-judged and full of flavour. The wine list offers some stunning vintages.
Close to the famous Aker Brygge, in the shadows of the Thief Hotel, is this quirkily shaped restaurant which features contemporary industrial styling, with exposed ceiling ducts, and colourful, dramatic art on its neutral walls. The team are passionate about Spanish food and the intensely flavoured, clever – and sometimes playful – dishes allow diners to eat their way around Northern Spain. The wine list naturally has a Spanish focus; order the tasting menu with paired wines to fully experience the kitchen’s skill.
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