Something tells me this reviewer didn't eat the food 'cause it isn't good. Many better options in the immediate vicinity. Nice space for a drink, although have been in twice and both times the five points ales were off.
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Time Out says
Posted: Tue Feb 25 2014
In case you didn’t know, Scandinavia is cool right now. The food, the fashion, the facial hair – plus the Vikings have invaded the British Museum. All we need next is a healthy economy, a reliable public transport system and a sense of social justice, and London will be indistinguishable from Oslo.
Meanwhile in Hackney, there’s yet another Northern European-inspired incursion. Or apparently so: the website claims this bar-restaurant-club draws on ‘a Nordic aesthetic’, although it’s not immediately obvious within. Oslo occupies the previously deserted old Hackney rail station and takes on a bit of a railway theme with its luggage-rack lighting, plus there are industrial stylings that give the whole place a Janet Jackson ‘Rhythm Nation’ video feel.
The restaurant part is rather fancy, its food incorporating a few of the forages, pickles, jellies and marinations of New Nordic cooking. The kitchen is regularly given over to guest chefs, and you have to book – it’s always heaving.
Eat in the bar and the food is more straightforward. Where once the standard snack in pubs was a toastie, sausage roll or pork pie, now it’s the slider or fried chicken. These are served alongside frankly obscene portions of chips, slathered with the likes of cured bacon fat and bacon salt, or braised oxtail, gravy and cheese. There’s a commendable range of craft beers from the vicinity, including a couple from Five Points Brewing just five minutes up the road at the Downs.
Head upstairs and you’ll find all sorts of musical happenings including club nights and very of-the-moment bands playing. So to sum up: Hackney location, trendy name, fancy cooking, local craft beers, cutting-edge sounds. Does that make Oslo sound, well, a bit wanky? Nor-way! The bar is relaxed, the beautiful staff are friendly, the welcome is warm. Everyone: get to Oslo quick.
Reviewed by Euan Ferguson
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Oslo seems to be missing the Herring and Norwegian Salmon. Customers are becoming more aware of healthy eating and tons of chips and bacon is not as attractive anymore. Twitter/bigsands
Just what the area needed - large enough to cater, but small enough to stay cool! Fabulous food - and brilliant clubs nights. love !