It was a sad day when the cocktail bar Morgenstierne in Oslo closed by the end of May. Despite an amazing concept, the restaurant Tranen and its wonderful installment upstairs did not have enough guests during the week. I was there for the last day, witnessing the final shakes of the head bar maestro Sondre Kasin. He served me a kinder egg with my drink. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
Before we left, Sondre told me to keep following the Morgenstierne Instagram account. They would ressurect somewhere at Frogner! Drinks would continue to be deluted, eggs would be cracked and shakers would sound against steeel once more! The bar of the new restaurant BA53 is where the old Morgenstierne team shake their tailfeathers today.
I joined Maria which is community manager of Yelp in Oslo for some drinks and snacks in the bar are. We tried to book the restaurant, but it was full. The place has been quite popoluar since the opening. I will get a table some other day, though, to check it out. We also tried to book the bar, but were told that they took no reservations there. If we dropped by early it should be fine – and so we did.
The bar menu was a short list of seven snacks and five main courses. Not the most exciting menu I have seen, but certainly some tempting dishes in between. The cocktail list featured nine house drinks, with funny and creative names like they used to have at Morgenstierne. We let Sondre choose for us, while we decided on the food.
After the first snack, we got a grand tour of the premises by restaurant manager Kari Innerå. She left her position at restaurant Cru in Oslo to open this place of her own. BA53 is a huge restaurant! It has a separate bar area and its very own coffee shop in the corner. The entire place is beautifully designed. I can’t wait to try the full menu in the restaurant. Meanwhile, I will head to Frogner and check the coffee bar today.
Have you attempted to get a table at BA53 yet? What did you think? Feel free to leave your opinion in the comments.