Oslo

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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.

 

Venue name: Oslo
Contact:
Address: 1a
Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL
Transport: Hackney Central Overground

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Alex F

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Potential

Great bar - great club - and from what I saw great food also. A nice relaxed atmosphere downstairs and a pumping night upstairs. On a personal level. The staff are great and extremely helpful!

Charly L
moderatorStaff Writer

Nice location (though don't come out of Hackney Wick station the wrong way, or Google Maps gets very confused!) I went to review a single party on Valentine's Day - I wouldn't recommend going there for a romantic dinner - it looked a bit of a cattle market downstairs, with couples practically seated in each other's laps!  But the downstairs space was really fun after dinner.  Head upstairs for a more intimate bar and dance floor.


Charly Lester, Time Out Head of Dating

FD

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.

bigsands

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

E. Murphy

Just what the area needed - large enough to cater, but small enough to stay cool! Fabulous food - and brilliant clubs nights. love !