- Cuisines: Scandinavian, Local Traditional
NileGuide Expert Says:
If you're in Oslo in December, be sure to stop by Gamle Raadhus for a taste of traditional lutefisk, beer and aquavit.
One of the oldest restaurants in Oslo, Det Gamle Rådhus is in Oslo's former Town Hall (1641). This is strictly for nostalgia buffs, as the restaurant is not at all cutting edge. It's there for those wanting to see Oslo the way it used to be, who won't mind that the innovative fires died a long time ago. You'll dine within a network of baronial- or manorial-inspired rooms with dark wooden panels and Flemish, 16th-century-style wooden chairs. In the spacious dining room, a full array of open-faced sandwiches is served on weekdays only. A la carte dinner selections can be made from a varied menu that includes fresh fish, game, and Norwegian specialties. If you want to sample a dish that Ibsen might have enjoyed, check out the house specialty, lutefisk -- but hold your nose. Old-time Scandinavians eat this traditional dish right before Christmas. To enjoy it, you've got to possess a seriously acquired taste. This Scandinavian dish is made from dried fish that has been soaked in lye and then poached in broth. More to your liking might be smoked salmon (cured right on the premises), a parfait of chicken livers, freshwater pikeperch from nearby streams sautéed in a lime sauce, filet of reindeer with lingonberry sauce, or Norwegian lamb coated with herbs and baked with a glaze.
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