From the White Guide Nordic 2018:
- Address: Bygdøy Allé 53, 0265 Oslo
- Phone: +47 21 42 05 90
- Web: ba53.no
- Seats: 60
- Opening Hours: Mon–Sat 5–11 PM (Bar 4 PM–1 AM)
The playful palate's palace
Inside an old hotel where several other restaurant concepts have tried and failed, head chef Kari Innerå’s cheery menu and playful palate have given BA53 a note of whimsy in an otherwise stiff-upper-lipped part of Oslo. While one can expect muted conversations about the Dow Jones index and Tesla queues amongst the diners, there’s a substantial amount of colour and brightness in the plates being served. Either you go for one of the set menus or choose dishes yourself (three is sufficient for leaving you well fed but still capable of walking downtown for a night cap), you’ll find intriguing flavours and wonderfully plated portions. Current favourites include a smoked haddock spaghettini, lamb from Buskerud and signature dishes like tempura-fried cod’s tongue with a rich, tangy mayo dip. The cuisine’s inspirations span from Southeast Asia to Central Europe, creating keen, inventive twists with local ingredients. This emphasis on locally sourced meat, fish and produce is one of BA53’s foremost qualities (we wish the beer selection showed the same regional enthusiasm), and its thoughtful compositions are as visually stunning as fulfilling. The dining room itself is huge, and the open kitchen solution is an inviting, natural focal point should the conversation falter. Retreat to the adjacent bar space for a cocktail and you’ll be leaving Frogner smiling, albeit with a slightly thinner wallet...
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