Restaurants close for the summer

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Oslo’s tourism industry doesn’t like it, but most of the capital’s top gourmet restaurant have already begun closing for lengthy summer holidays. The only restaurant featured in the Michelin guide book that will remain open for business is the two-star Maaemo in Oslo’s Grønland district.

Restauant Fauna, Ylajali, Feinschmecker, Statholdergaarden and its kro in the cellar are among the long list of popular places to eat out that are allowing themselves several weeks off. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that Fauna, for example, is closed from June 28 until August 3.

Fru K, inside The Thief hotel at Tjuvholmen, is taking nearly two months off, until August 31. Most, like Bristol Grill, Palmen and Eik Annen Etage, are closing for a month.

Many argue that since they cater to business patrons on company expense accounts, their market is off on holiday as well during much of July. Others complain that Oslo loses the chance to show off most of its top restaurants during the height of the tourist season. Espen Holmboe Bang of Maaemo, which specializes in locally grown food, added that he doesn’t want to close when the food selection is best in the summer.

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  • frenk

    Classic Norway……!

  • frenk

    I probably had around 10 meals in Oslo over the last couple of years….7 or 8 of them were not good…the Chinese restaurants are ‘over-priced’ for the quality of the food they are serving. Easting in a Michelin restaurant in Oslo must surely be a ‘bank managers worst nightmare’…..

    • inquisitor

      Some of the best Chinese food I ever had was in Oslo at the restaurant called…Dinner. Asian owned and staffed. Excellent food and service. A bit high in price but not as much as some of the more “upscale” places in Oslo.

      • Jen

        I am Chinese….and I can tell you I don’t like Dinner. I have friends in Oslo who migrated from Hongkong. They don’t like Dinner as well. It seems like only non chinese like Dinner.

        • inquisitor

          What is the best Chinese food restaurant in Oslo then, in your Chinese opinion?

      • frenk

        I looked in the window of ‘Dinner’…it was ‘too busy’ for me…..I will try to try it at some point…..a lot of the other food I have had in Oslo has been ‘average’ at best……

    • Jen

      The best Chinese restaurant (Chi Restaurant) I had in Norway happens to be in Lillestrøm. It is not the best I ever had outside Asia but definitely worth a visit if I crave for decent chinese food.