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.
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So much offered under one roof! Good food in the restaurant and lots of fun to be had upstairs. Only issue is the seating in the restaurant/bar is a bit hit and miss. You could all end up just sitting in a line next to each other next to the DJ if you're not careful.
Can't call as you get a mail box which is full, no response to email via website, cramped venue with as many tables as poss which is more uncomfortable than necessary for diners, the bar runs along one side of restaurant so drinkers continually crowd and knock into diners which ruined the night literally of our people at that end of the table, narrow table smothered in glasses we had to ask forbthem to be removed so we could move, slate tiles used a plates too big for the table, waiting staff were lovely but did not tell us that the kitchen closed at 10.30pm and said sorry no dessert, they could have told us to order in advance to get pudding, really poor just to be told we couldn't have anything else. As it was a birthday we had left cakes with the hostess to bring out as a surprise but the waitress knew nothing about it. We have upset stomachs the morning after.
This place could be lovely but they just haven't bothered to think it through, really sloppy and lazy. On the plus side music was excellent. Would like to tell you food was good as it was at the time but they have made us bloody ill!
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.
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 !