Clarion Collection Hotel Savoy
Phone: (47) 23 354200
Fax: (47) 23 354201
The concept of TGI Friday's American Bar was born in New York in 1965, and today there are over 400 branches all over the world. The American Bar in Oslo opened in 1997, on the city's main street, Karl Johan. As the name implies, this is undoubtedly as American you can get, decorated with dark wood and brass, and with the sound of American pop music from the loudspeakers. The waiters all have different personalities, giving you some of that Pulp Fiction-feeling. Speaking of movies, check out the bartenders. They are trained by the same people that taught Tom Cruise in Cocktail. The American Bar serves a wide range of excellent alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, tea and coffee, and traditional food like hamburgers, Tex-Mex and ribs. Prices are above average.
Located at the very heart of the city is Lemongrass, the Caribbean Restaurant & Lounge. Designed elegantly to meet their guests' comforts, this joint serves some of the best Caribbean dishes and drinks in the city. It is usually frequented by students and professionals from the nearby University, looking for a place to chill. Though the meals can be quite pricey here, the jovial atmosphere and delectable tropical cocktails make up for it.
Situated right beside the Clarion Collection Hotel Savoy, Restaurant Fjord has new seafood specials for you every time you drop by (provided you give at least a week's gap between each visit!). The elegant chandeliers give off a muted glow, and the luxurious chairs and glittery cushions together with the intimate lighting create an ambiance of sophistication. If you're lucky enough to stop by on the right day, you could enjoy a set menu that includes treats like poached skate wing with celery, mussels, oyster mushroom and truffle broth. A wonderful wine list accompanies the menu.
Focusing on fresh local ingredients and flavors, Elias Mat & Sant is a bright, lively restaurant and cafe serving up Scandinavian specialties. A great place to stop by for a light lunch or casual dinner, you'll find a nice selection of local dishes like Reindeer Stew, Organic Mussels with Chilli Cream and Safron and Baked Salmon. A short walk from the National Gallery, the little cafe is a popular local eatery, and a nice place to step in and take a break from the hustle bustle of the city. For reservations, give them a call.
This is a nice, fun place with good service and very good-humored waiters. Do not be surprised if they recommend canned food or sweeta when you ask about today's special - this is just for a laugh. The restaurant is themed on an old-fashioned grocery store. The place is decorated with shelves and groceries. There is plenty of room at Eilef's and the atmosphere is welcoming and friendly, with live piano music on weekends. Most of the guests are over 25 and they get to hear favorites from their younger days.
Located at a street corner here in Oslo is the remarkable Per på Hjrnet. Ordinarily what could have been just a bakery serving hot bread and pastries is one of the most popular attraction in the city. What makes Per på Hjrnet special is the variety of live entertainment that brings in a steady stream of music enthusiasts from all genres and tastes. The spectacular bakery/pub and music house provides light meals of baked goodies and cold glasses of ale and jam sessions by a variety of musicians. Artists and bands from all over the country can find here a welcoming stage supported by music lovers from all over the globe. So if you fancy a great bit of entertainment with good grub and drinks, try the Per på Hjrnet.
The unique Library Bar in the lobby of Hotel Bristol is a safe bet if you want to go celebrity-spotting in Oslo. Bristol Grill, on the other hand, is a place to have a traditional meal in old-fashioned surroundings. The décor is in a solid, British style, the clientele is mature and the cigar smokers are out en masse. Grouse soup, fillet of venison, a specially marinated trout and tournedos steak are highlights of the menu, and the restaurant has a wide selection of wines. During the Christmas season, there is a special menu with traditional Norwegian dishes.
Named after a character from Knut Hamsun's Sult, Restaurant Ylajali serves seasonal Norwegian fare with a contemporary twist. Ylajali is housed in an apartment building constructed in 1872, a fact the elegant cornices and ornate chandeliers remind you of throughout the elaborate meal. You are treated to an eight-course menu (NOK1250) which can be reduced to six courses on request. A wine menu is also available for an additional price of NOK1050.
Jaipur has a wide selection of dishes such as tandoori, curry, biryani, chicken, lamb, beef and vegetarian, with different kinds of garnishes. Also fish and seafood dishes are available. All main courses are served with fresh Indian bread. The portions are plentiful, and the cook has not skimped on the spices, so if you order hot, make sure you really mean it, because here they have not adapted the food to a northern palate! Jaipur is small, clean and tidy. Indian paintings and textiles adorn the peach walls, and soft Indian music creates the right atmosphere.
At Handverkerstuene, beer is the undisputed king of spirits. Located at the heart of the city center, the restaurant has come to be known as the home of one of the city's most extensive beer selections, offering craft and bottled beers from Norway and around the world. The restaurant itself is a warm and welcoming place, with wooden tables, stained glass windows and leather clad seating that bring together the comfort of rustic charm and the beauty of tasteful décor. The menu is composed of a selection of delicious offerings from Germany, France and Belgium, including fish and sausage preparations, a few of which have been cooked in beer. Every dish is perfectly paired with beer, so be sure to take advantage of the beer recommendations.
Best Western Hotell Bondeheimen's resident eatery, Kaffistova is well deserving of all the fame that has come its way. If you want to try local Norwegian specialties, this restaurant is one of the best in Oslo, what with its vast assortment of scrumptious dishes that taste deliciously homemade. If you've been wondering where to try rømmegrøt (sour cream porridge) or raspeballer (potato dumplings), this is the place for you. In addition to the list of savory specials, this hotel eatery also offers you some marvelous freshly-baked cakes.
Inside Håndverkeren's 100 year-old walls you can enjoy a good meal surrounded by a classic interior. Old tools and inscriptions on the walls associate with different crafts, and beautiful, arched glass-paintings together with big wrought-iron lamps create an elegant atmosphere. A mature, pleasant clientele characterizes this restaurant, which offers traditional Norwegian meat and fish dishes. The tiramisu of the house is recommended as a dessert.