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Grand Café Inside Look of the Revamped Historic Restaurant

Sponsored pre-tasting by Fursetgruppen

Grand Café was built in 1874 on the ground floor of Grand Hotel. Last year the café was closed after 141 consecutive years of operation. Fursetgruppen got the difficult task of reinventing this venerable venue into a concept that can survive in the Oslo restaurant scene of 2016. I got a sneak peek inside and a taste of the menu designed by the two head chefs Christofer Bengtsson and Alexander Østli Berg. Both are former Kulinarisk Akademi chefs. The new Grand Café will be a brasserie focused on Nordic ingredients in season, but with flavors and combinations from all over the world. A long list of starters and snacks should please the pickiest of customers, which is important in a location on Oslo’s main street Karl Johan. In the basement, you find a huge wine bar, with a magnificent view to the restaurant’s wine cellar behind glass walls.

Opens October 20th in Oslo

Grand Hotel
Grand Hotel
Grand Café
Grand Café
Grand Hotel Oslo Since 1874
Grand Hotel Oslo Since 1874
A contemporary Hans Jæger, portrayed by Jo Nesbø
A contemporary Hans Jæger, portrayed by Jo Nesbø
The modern Kristiania bohemians?
The modern Kristiania bohemians?
The dining room
The dining room
Per Krogh's famous painting of the Kristiania bohemians at Grand Café
Per Krogh’s famous painting of the Kristiania bohemians at Grand Café
Smoked lamb rib ("pinnekjøtt"), duck liver terrine, macademia & seabuckthorn
Smoked lamb rib (“pinnekjøtt”), duck liver terrine, macademia & seabuckthorn
Trout, daikon, fingerlime & unagi sauce
Trout, daikon, fingerlime & unagi sauce
Potato waffle with bleak roe and dill
Potato waffle with bleak roe and dill
Celeriac soup, quail egg & black truffle
Celeriac soup, quail egg & black truffle
Pasta, squid and passionfruit
Pasta, squid and passionfruit
A delicious and filling dish. My favorite
A delicious and filling dish. My favorite
Head chef no. 1 Alexander Østli Berg
Head chef no. 1 Alexander Østli Berg
King crab hiding underneath the chips and kale
King crab hiding underneath the chips and kale
Duck, beets & truffle
Duck, beets & truffle
The two head chefs side by side
The two head chefs side by side
Jerusalem artichoke ice cream, hazelnut mousse & apple
Jerusalem artichoke ice cream, hazelnut mousse & apple
The two head chefs Christofer Bengtsson and Alexander Østli Berg
The two head chefs Christofer Bengtsson and Alexander Østli Berg
The wine cellar
The wine cellar
The wine bar
The wine bar

What do you think about the new Grand Café compared to the old? Please leave a comment below.

Disclaimer

This was a sponsored pre-tasting by Fursetgruppen. I was invited on the same terms as everyone else – to give feedback on the menu before opening. The restaurant had no influence on the content of this article, there is no form of cooperation between us, I was not obliged to publish anything, and I received no monetary payment.

Anders Husa

I am Anders Husa – a foodie living in Oslo. I eat at the best restaurants in Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm and the major food destinations in the world. I share my foodie stories here.

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