Bacchus Vinhus & Spiseri is a restaurant recommended by Kristin Danielsen.
The Oslo Bazaar, a curved, red brick row of shops and restaurants, is one of the Oslo landmarks which you spot in the distance almost immediately as you exit Oslo’s Central Station. Bacchus is a quaint little restaurant nestled in this eye catching location sitting directly behind the Oslo Cathedral right in the city centre and with a beautiful outside terrace and cosy interior. Under new management from September 2015, Tommi Bjørnsen and Jon Marius Sletten have a clear passion for food (you need only look at Tommi’s knuckles which have ‘Tørr Fesk’ emblazoned across them), especially the fruits of Norway which is clearly reflected in their menu.
If you are looking for Norwegian food with flair – you will not be disappointed. They have a small but perfectly formed lunch and dinner menu that showcases the very best of Norwegian cuisine with concentration on sourcing their produce almost exclusively from the country. With various meats and cheeses from local producers to halibut and crab fished from the North of Norway, there is a clear sense of pride of the bounties that this rich land has to offer. You can choose from a variety of menu items including the fresh and delicious Skagen Salad of Norwegian prawns, dill and caviar or a Norwegian Charcouterie platter (225 NOK) for lunch and pepper crab (175 NOK) or pork neck (245 NOK) for dinner.
TheOsloBook sampled the grilled whale with a soy glaze, pear puree and crispy ginger (130 NOK). A beautiful looking dish did not disappoint in flavour with the fresh and tangy pear puree perfectly paired with the rich and sumptuous rare-cooked Minke whale. The Asian influence in Bacchus’ food merged with the traditional Norwegian favours creates a unique dining experience and one which we will definitely be back for. Open everyday for lunch and dinner, Bacchus is a must-visit place in Oslo with exceptional service, beautiful surroundings and a truly inventive menu.
Address: Dronningensgate 27 (entrance from Kirkeristen). Phone: +4722333430
Text: Aimie McBride / Front photo: Claudio Allievi