15/02/2018

Oslo: The Culinary Deluxe Food Tour


Following on from our food tour outings in Lisbon, we took to Oslo and couldn't let the opportunity pass to do another. The Culinary Deluxe Food Tour, led by fantastic guide Jean-Pierre, led us to four different local spots, all with a fascinating history and tremendous food.


Meeting downtown in the shopping district, our first stop was Kaffistova - a restaurant with an abundant array of Norwegian classic dishes, some of which were very new to us indeed. Fresh from the North Sea first came a platter of shrimps, cod, oven-cooked salmon and smoked salmon, which the Norwegians classically eat as breakfast with bread and butter. However, the bread we were lucky enough to taste has actually become the most expensive in the world, and doesn't look like bread at all actually...


We allowed ourselves to get comfy in Kaffistova as to our surprise we'd be having a second, this time hot dish in the wonderful restaurant. We had a choice between a number of dishes, however most of the 10 strong group chose a reindeer meat dish with vegetables and potato. Reindeer, or venison as its better known as in the UK is hugely popular in the Nordic regions and was extremely tasty and tender. Jessica was that taken by the salmon tasted as part of the starter, that she opted for it again as a main, this time with cucumber, potato and a delicious sauce. Again the fish was divine and cooked to perfection - it pretty much melted in the mouth. 


Not only were we having an education in Norwegian food, but their culture as a whole. Next door was a Bunad store. Bunads are traditional clothing Norweigians wear on important occasions - they are extremely old fashioned, and crazily expensive! But interesting, non the less. 

Not only did we learn about that but the time that someone attempted to blow up parliament buildings, and how different life is for prisoners in Norway compared to anywhere else. All we'll say is they are treated like kings and are evidence that there is too much money in the Norwegian economy! Despite being French, our guide had impeccable knowledge of the city and country. 


After having a starter and main, we were excited to see where our dessert stop would take us. On the high street is a tiny, and we mean tiny waffle shop where we all had a choice of toppings between Nutella and strawberry jam. As always, we got one each and shared the delight of both. They were freshly made in front of our eyes and the black coffee gave us the energy for the long walk ahead. 

Oslo has trams everywhere, and we came to realise on the first day that they are very expensive to use. Luckily, we had our tickets paid for by the tour which took us to a quarter of local restaurants and markets. From there we took a lengthy walk in treacherous conditions, and used our Swedish counterparts who were on the tour to give us an education on how to walk on thick ice. Jessica had tears, I tumbled twice but in the end, we made it to our next destination!


We arrived at an amazing indoor food market with every Scandinavian cuisine on offer. But we were here for only one thing... cheese! We sampled several Norwegian cheese and bread bites, some strong, mild, white, blue and a delightful fig marmalade. But the one that stood out from being most unique was their brown cheese, which is famously and exclusively Norwegian. It is made on a wood fire to allow it to caramelise and the sweet taste comes from it being over-cooked. It's quite unusual, perhaps fudge like in taste but definitely not like cheese as we know it. We couldn't come to Norway and not give it a try though!


And finally, we ended the tour in a small bar not far from where we started the tour. We enjoyed three different local beers - a blonde pale ale, a stronger seasonal beer and finished with an incredibly smooth IPA. Despite the tour technically coming to an end and Jean-Pierre having to say his goodbyes, the entire group stayed behind and got to know each other better for a good part of the evening.

Along with fellow Brits, Irish, Swedes, and an American we talked about everything from Netflix series' to the different country cultures around the table. As always, the food was fantastic, but the company was what we'll always remember the most from doing tours like this.


We had the most amazing afternoon and fully recommend the Deluxe Food Tour to anyone looking for not only the best local food, but general local knowledge and a lot of fun! 

A massive thank you to our fantastic guide and all at Trip2Scandanvia!

Disclaimer: we were given complimentary tickets to the Culinary Deluxe Oslo Food Tour in exchange for an honest review.
However as always, all pictures and views are our own.

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24 comments

  1. These food tours sound amazing! I can't imagine a better way to discover some new places. And those waffles look incredible 😍

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. We love food tours in new cities, the best thing about exploring and trying new things!

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  2. I always love your food posts! Such fab photos, and the waffles look amazing! Who can resist Nutella?!

    Chloe ❤ http://www.anomalouschloe.com

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    1. Nutella is seriously amazing and the waffles were so tasty!

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  3. I'd love to do a food tour like this! All this looks absolutely delicious <3

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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    1. Food tours are the best way to explore a new city!

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  4. I’ve always wanted to go on a food tour and this one sounds amazing! The food looks incredible and glad you had a great time

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  5. Hi, your food tours look and sound amazing. I have food envy at the moment and so wish that I could tick into a large waffle with chocolate sauce. Maybe I should get my waffle maker out tonight.

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    1. Omg I would love to own a waffle marker, in fact I wish we could go back and have these Norwegian waffles agin!!

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  6. The idea of a food tour sounds awesome! The salmon looks delicious! I could eat that right now, followed by the chocolate waffle! Your posts make me sooo hungry! <3

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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    1. The salmon was so tasty, such great flavour combination too!

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  7. What a feast!! I had no concept of what Norwegian cuisine was before reading this post, I feel like this was a perfect introduction! Thanks for sharing your education :) Everything looks delicious and you capture food so well - not easy to do! I want to try reindeer but would that put me on Santa's naughty list? ;)

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  8. Oh wow 😮 this is fantastic! I’d love to try something like this. You get to learn about culture and cuisines while exploring! Y’all about a tasty experience and boy is that waffle and salmon making me hungry! Thanks for sharing! 💕☺️

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

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    1. Tasty experiences are the best kind of exploring in a new city!

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  9. This food tour sounds amazing and such a great way to really taste the local cuisine ! The waffles look Delicious 😍

    Melanie | www.frasersfunhouse.com

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    1. Nothing beats the local food and learning their culture!

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  10. This looks amazing - so many pickles!

    www.oddballcontent.com

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    1. I wish they were pickles!

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  11. Wow, sign me up for one of these food tours! I think that this sounds like a fantastic way not only to explore the city but to take in a lot of different local restaurants and new foods in a short space of time! That very expensive bread looks intriguing - I'd be very curious to taste it for myself! The waffle smothered in Nutella that you had towards the end looks utterly divine! How lovely that you got to meet so many people from diverse regions of the world too, a real cultural experience!

    Abbey x

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    1. It's so interesting why it is now the most expensive bread, but it is a very different taste to regular bread indeed. Definitely the best cultural experience!

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  12. ooH  la la :-) What a great review from you Jessica. We loved the blogg and we most say that this just motivate us even more for our future tours. It was a great experience meeting you and your partner.

    For all those who will be coming to Oslo and are Food&Baker fans...please check out our page www.theoslotour.no and if you want to do any of our tours, we are more then happy to offer you a 15 % off on any tour.... just contact us at post@theoslotour.no

    Thanks again Jessica

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post, we loved the tour and would highly recommend it to everyone!

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  13. Food tours are such a great way to experience the culture of a country. This food tour looks absolutely incredible! Would love to get to Oslo and take this tour. Thanks for sharing this gem!

    Ashlee | ashleemoyo.com

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    1. We tried a lot of dishes we never thought we would, definitely a great experience!

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