The Tusenfryd amusement park south of Oslo serves “Norway’s worst food,” declared newspaper Aftenposten over the weekend. The newspaper’s restaurant critics gave the park their lowest grades at seven different eating spots, calling the food “overpriced and gruesome,” but the park’s director objects.
“Want some mushy and terrible chicken nuggets with some pale, tasteless fries?” queried the paper. “Then head for Fryds Favoritter (one of the eating spots at Tusenfryd.” Aftenposten’s reviewers went on to claim that Tusenfryd’s “Morgan Kane Saloon” (another eating place,) offered a “gruesome food experience” of “dry, almost inedible sausages” and “pulled pork that was like being forced to eat bicycle tires,” sold at “horrible prices.”
Six of the park’s eating spots received scores of only “1” or “2,” with “6” being best, while one, Sulten & Tørst (Hungry & Thirsty), got a “3.” The reviewers complained, however, that the lettuce in its wraps was not fresh and that they contained little chicken.
Park director Bjørn Håvard Solli defended the food against Aftenposten’s assault, repeatedly calling the reviewers evaluations “subjective” and claiming that customers had given the food higher marks. “Tusenfryd doesn’t run gourmet restaurants,” he noted, adding that the park is only open 120 days a year, faces unpredictable “guest volume” and has seasonal workers who need to be trained.
“We have an honest selection of food on offer based on what our guests want to eat,” Solli stated in a written response to Aftenposten. He also noted that Aftenposten had also “slaughtered” six of the eight new restaurants that have recently opened at Oslo’s expanded airport at Gardermoen.