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Top four international restaurants in Oslo


International cuisine has become more popular in Oslo’s restaurants in recent years, but there are still many eateries that adhere to traditional culinary principles. Historic methods of preservation, such as drying, salting and pickling meat and fish, remain popular today, as do national specialities such as boiled cod, reindeer steak and herring, usually accompanied by boiled potatoes and parsley. These distinctive flavour combinations, combined with outstanding local produce, have helped Oslo’s restaurant scene become one of Europe’s most intriguing.

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Finstua
Finstua restaurant in the historic Frognerseteren building references Norway’s culinary and architectural heritage in every aspect. The timber-lined interior has Viking design influences, with dragons and ship symbols on the walls, while the kitchen team employs the time-honoured preservation techniques of salting and smoking to emphasise and intensify natural flavours. Game is a strong suit: highlights from the menu might include beer-marinaded elk steak or roast grouse with salsify and pickled pumpkin.
Finstua, Frognerseteren, Holmenkollveien 200, 0791 Oslo, +47 2292 4040

Maaemo
Known for showcasing Norwegian produce, Maaemo is one of the country’s most creative restaurants. Its menu, which changes with the seasons, is mainly influenced by modern Nordic techniques and offers dishes created almost exclusively from wild and organic produce. Maaemo provides a comprehensive introduction to Norway’s natural ingredients, with high-quality meats, seafood, poultry, vegetables, berries and herbs served alongside drinks designed to complement the natural flavours. The full Maaemo experience requires a whole evening and the frequently updated art installations ensure a feast for all the senses.
Maaemo, Schweigaards gate 15B, 0191 Oslo, +47 9199 4805

Alex Sushi
Alex Sushi, one of Oslo’s finest Japanese restaurants, offers high-quality sushi and sashimi, served in a sleek minimalist space characterised by glass and stainless steel. Choose a seat at the oval bar to watch the chefs at work and decide between four set menus, updated depending on the best seasonal ingredients. The white menu is traditional, featuring salmon, halibut and prawns, while the black menu is more experimental, with soft-shell crab, quail and lobster.
Alex Sushi, Cort Adelers gate 2, 0255 Oslo, +47 2243 9999

Onda
The Onda restaurant complex contains three luxury eateries. Onda Sea pairs the restaurant’s coastal setting and panoramic views with a menu rich in seafood and a vibrant atmosphere, while upstairs Onda Asia offers flavours of Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia and China alongside classic sushi and sashimi dishes. The Onda Mezzanine fine-dining restaurant is a highlight; the décor is minimalist and calming while the menu makes use of the world’s finest ingredients. Expect to find dishes such as Norwegian lobster, grouse with foie gras and poached egg with white truffle on the well-edited menu.
Onda, Stranden 30, 0250 Oslo, +47 4550 2000

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