10/02/2018

Oslo: Nord & Natt, Tøyen

Baked porcine mushroom and ginger butter toast

Our European foodie adventures continue! It is our first time in Scandinavia and after hearing about their 'small plate' dining culture, we were out to find and experience the very best of this. And boy, did we find it.


Nord & Natt in the district of Tøyen offer the very best Norwegian cuisine, sourcing all ingredients from local farmers and putting the flavours together in a way which may challenge perceived norms. They work with the seasons and nature to bring their customers the best Nordic dishes in a classy environment with first class customer service. 

Norwegian winter cod with cursed meat and lemon mayo

We chose from the chef's tasting menu, comprising of five dishes. We started with the above cod starter, which was unbelievably tender. We learnt that tradition in Lisbon is to not use knives on fish out of appreciation and that you simply don't need to, and that is the same case here. It almost fell apart when putting cutlery anywhere it. The softness of the fish was balanced by a small crunch from the cured meat and a kick was provided by the lemon mayo. It was a brilliant start and we knew we were going to be in for more mini treats to come!

Norwegian pale ale

Our fantastically attentive and knowledgable waitress was always on hand to offer advice on drinks that would go with the food we were having. We chose a dry Norwegian pale ale with hints of orange and it was absolute top quality. 

Next up was the baked porcine mushroom and ginger butter toast (see top of post). It's hard to imagine variants on the presentation of mushrooms on toast, and this one certainly took us by surprise when it arrived at our table. It was perhaps the most flavoursome mushroom we've ever come across and the toast gave us a little something to clear up the delightful ginger butter. 
This dish perfectly represented what Nord & Natt are all about - Norwegian food, done differently and better. Each detail politely screamed quality, careful thought and surprise. But our culinary journey had only just begun, and we were now on to the main course.

Porchetta with gramolata and spelt risotto

This was our favourite dish out of the five. The buckwheat risotto was perfect in texture, full of flavour from the garlic and occasional burst of cranberry, and the porchetta was beautifully moist and tender. 

There is the option to have the tasting menu with or without the cheese course, which each comes in at NOK 420 (approx. £38) without, or 550 (approx. £50) with. That sounded a lot to us before we came, but having spent a day in Oslo prior to dining here, we came to realise that it's very reasonably priced for this part of the world. Normally going for the 'cheap eats' when we travel, we took exception with it being a birthday and we're so glad we did. 

Cheese plate with white wine

Now on to not one but two desserts, and with the recommended white wine we enjoyed it alongside the very strong white and blue cheeses, delicious bread and marmalade. Every mouthful had punches of immense proportions, and it was down to the final dish of milk ice cream to calm the senses.

The flaky biscuit and hints of caramel ended the meal perfectly, and we left feeling that we really had been on a culinary journey through Norway. Each dish was delicious in its own unique way, yet complimented it's predecessors and successors like magic. It seemed like our drinks were made to go alongside what we were eating, and the service and atmosphere were perfect for the occasion. 

Milk ice cream with caramel and hazelnut

We highly recommend Nord & Natt if you're visiting Oslo and are looking to experience their cuisine in style. A massive thank you to all at the restaurant for having us. 

Food: ★★★★★
Customer service: ★★★★★
Atmosphere: ★★★★★
Toilets: ★★★

Disclaimer: this meal was complimentary to us in exchange for an honest review.
However as always, all pictures and views are our own.

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22 comments

  1. oh em gee! this post is making me so so hungry! the food looks so so good and I am sure it tastes s good! Look at that display and visual! xx corinne

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    1. It was so well presented! Just as tasty as it looked!

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  2. These look so interesting. I love trying new food although some of the dishes look a bit small for me 😂

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    1. We thought that, but it was a 5 course meal! We were very content in the end!

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  3. Oh my these dishes look absolutely delicious, I love when restaurants use local farms to source their food. The cod and the cheese plate is something I would definitely enjoy.

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    1. Nothing beats when a restaurant uses local produces! It was all delicious!

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  4. These photos are insane! Love them all

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    1. They tasted just as good as they looked!

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  5. Oh the food looks delicious and is making hungry even though i know that I couldn’t eat the cheese.

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    1. All the dishes were amazing, the cheese was optional!

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  6. This all sounds amazing, great ratings too! I love it when places offer a tasting menu. That mushroom with the ginger butter sounds heavenly x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. It was all seriously heavenly! Would highly recommend!

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  7. This is an amazing post and those foods look great and tasty! That dessert looks amazing too just something up my street! Great post! Ayse x

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    1. It was so delicious! Highly recommend!

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  8. This post is reminding me of my time in Iceland. The food here looks so delicious and completely agree is a very reasonable price considering how much it costs over there. The fish looks amazing I wish I could teleport

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    1. Oh we'd love to visit Iceland one day! It was defo worth the extra pennies!

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  9. I'm waiting for my dinner to cook and this post certainly hasn't helped my hunger! I'm determined to go to Scandinavia one day - it's the top of my bucket list and I love the idea of this type of dining. The risotto looks amazing!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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    1. The style of dining there is different but so tasty and we loved this restaurant so much!

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  10. After watching your Oslo vlog, it certainly seems like you needed some tasty food to warm your cockles after the freezing cold temperatures and icy pathways outside! This place sounds like the perfect stop-off, the cod looks utterly delectable and melt-in-the-mouth, especially if no knife was necessary to eat it! I get used to be very partial to a strong blue cheese, so I can understand why you enjoyed your plate so much! Get me to Oslo for some delicious food ASAP!

    Abbey x
    http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Oh the cod was so tasty, it was small but cooked to perfection! Oslo is the place to be!

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  11. Oooh cheese and wine, yes please! Also the dessert looks so tasty! You always have the most delicious looking food on your blog! <3

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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    1. Cheese and wine is amazing! Thank you, we do try! We're happy to share!

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