While many Americans were settling into traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinners at home and abroad on Thursday (or on the weekends before and after the important holiday) some restaurants in the Norwegian capital were beginning to offer Thanksgiving menus as well. One of them was rather exclusive.
The “Lille B” restaurant attached to Oslo’s pricey gourmet haven Bagatelle has an American chef, Derrick Styczek, who was serving a full Thanksgiving dinner all of this week with two seatings each evening. His menu included a cider aperitif, followed by shrimp cocktail, turkey with stuffing and gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli-cheddar casserole, cranberry sauce and even sweet potatoes with marshmallows and traditional pumpkin pie for dessert.
That’s fairly exotic in Norway, even though it’s relatively easy to get turkeys now (called kalkun), both frozen and fresh. They’re smaller than the American models, but can also be tastier.
Some other restaurants were also offering Thanksgiving menus. The Sawol Kitchen in Oslo’s Grønland district was offering a special “Thanksgiving Soul Brunch” with turkey, sweet potato casserole, greens, cornbread and more. There’s been a wave of American-style restaurants opening up around Norway in recent years, with the Nighthawk Diner in Oslo’s Grünerløkka district often attracting so many guests that they line up outside the door.