Oslo | Norwegian lunch in Hackney | Review

On a hot Hackey Saturday, I went along to try the new summer menu at Oslo – one of our favourite haunts in east London. We received word recently that the Norwegian hangout had rejuvenated its menu for the summer months, so obviously, we had to sample it.

The idea behind the summer fare, we’re told, is that it celebrates the very best in regional British ingredients whilst also staying true to Oslo’s adherence to bringing authentic contemporary Norwegian food to its array of Hackney punters.

Accompanied by two glasses of the coldest prosecco (necessary), my friend and I delved into our mains from the new menu. Of the summer list, we went with the Nordic Poke, which includes smoked salmon with spinach, barley, brown rice, peppers, pineapple, pickled cabbage, edamame beans and mango mayo. Perfect summer salad for basking in the sun. The rich and complex mixture of the ingredients leaves a satisfying fresh feeling in your palate well after the meal.

We also had the Shimp Sub which features, dashi mayo, baby gem lettuce, spring onions and bonito flakes in a new England brioche sub – and served with skinny fries. Joyful to eat, it was the exactly what I needed on a Saturday for lunch after a night out. We suggest you sit otside at the front – and why not stick around after your lunch? There’s always something going on at Olso.

Oslo Hackney @ 1A Amhurst Road, London E8 1LL

Ahmed Elmi


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