From the White Guide Nordic 2018:


Very Fine Level 70
Food rating:30/40Service rating:16/20
Chambre separéeWheelchair accessVegetarian dishes
  • Address: Balchens gate 5, 0265 Oslo
  • Phone: +47 22 12 93 80
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  • Seats: 68
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 5-10 PM, Sat from 6 PM

Delightful decadence

Feinschmecker could not be situated anywhere other than Frogner. Although the facade is rather unassuming, it is in a neigbourhood with an aura of money, evidenced not only by the clientele, but also by the prices. Run by celebrity chef Lars Erik Underthun, this lush restaurant has been among Oslo’s elite dining venues for over twenty years. The menu reflects this stability – there’s a sense of comfort and tradition throughout the courses. It focuses on execution and luxurious, rounded flavours. There are few elements of surprise, but the feeling of satisfaction is omnipresent. It’s a sinfully pleasant treat to start off with foie gras with oxtail, rhubarb cream and fried brioche while eavesdropping on the various conversations in the stylish, but somewhat confusing dining room. An absence of music and the poshness of the surroundings makes this a radical choice for the young foodie movement; expect a rather high percentage of families and mature couples out for a bite. Neither you nor they will be dissatisfied with the menu. A rich, seasonal chicken breast with fatty, salty rillettes in a sherry sauce paired with sweet onion is a current favourite. The cod loin flavoured with chorizo and contrasted with fava beans doused in a nutty butter sauce will render you perfectly content while chatting with the staff and Under-thun himself, who always takes the time to converse at each table. The flavours and staff make you feel at home and welcome, with a stability and warmth that explains the decades of delighted customers...

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