Heading to Oslo and seeking recommendations for any musts!!!! I hear its insanely expensive so looking for both must-do's regardless of cost - and also some great bang-for-your buck suggestions.
Any shopping or museum recs are welcome too!
The one must with regards to price is Bagatelle. Call in advance and see if the foie gras nuggets in beet root will be on the menu. If not, as if they can prepare them special, they usually appear in a salad and are to die for. As the wine stewardess to recommend wines by the glass. Usually both cheaper and and better than trying to go at the wine list yourself.
If you want great wines by the bottle Le Canard is the place. Amazing wine list that competes with the best 3 stars in France at prices that are lower than the 3 stars in France, especially with the strong Euro and weak Krone in Norway
Dinner suggestions on this board tends to focus on "Aker brygge". Being a local, this is considered a tourist trap.
try these places:
Theatercafeen at Hotel Continental. The place to be in Oslo, just opposite the National Theatre, popular with the artist-, actor- and finance crowd. Always fully booked, and great for open sandwiches - lunch. Reservation for dinner is essential.
Bagatelle - the best restaurant in Oslo, two star, great food and wine.
Alex sushi - best in Scandinavia.
Oslo spiseforretning - east end of town
Palace grill - amazing food - but no table reservation - be there at six.
Statholdergaarden - beautiful upscale dining.
For less expensive meals try
I was in Oslo in November 2007 and took a friend to Alex Sushi for his birthday. amazing place, on par with some of the best I've had in Japan. the chef's special included whale which was quite a surprise, I'm not endorsing the consumption of whale but it is a unique experience for an American. plus anything in Norway is expensive so might as well step it up and spend a little more for something great!
had dinner just now at Kafe Celsius...wonderful. also a bit over one hundred American dollars...but...
Ms Margaret had bruchetta with goat cheese and salami--came with arugula!--and a salad nicoise (included artichoke hearts...) pronounced herself very happy with every bite.
I had excellent lamb sausages, served on a tepid-to-cold bed of grains (couscous? probably), also with this arugula and beautifully cooked trout (pink-fleshed; when I saw it on someone else's plate, I assumed it was salmon) that came with boiled/roasted potatoes and the best roasted red pepper I can recall. also...arugula!, the leaf of the year in Oslo, evidently...the fish was topped with pesto sauce, much of which I scraped off and ate on bread.
One Hansa beer (pilsner, I guess--very good) apiece, no coffee, no dessert, nicely treated, warm & simple decor in the dining room, nice experience. recommended.