◇ Oslo, Hackney ◇
1A Amhurst Road Hackney London E8 1LL
We headed over to Hackney Central to experience newly appointed Head Chef, Adrian Watters’ new menu at restaurant, bar and live menu venue, Oslo.
As you enter you are immediately welcomed by the rustic and relaxed atmosphere and decor, with original open brick work and windows from when the building was used as a railway station in Victorian times. The overall feel is very on-trend Hackney, ambient and earthy. The Nordic style and original features make Oslo a unique London spot.
Adrian Watters has no doubt been chosen as new head chef due to his impressive experience. Beginning his career in Harvey Nichols’ 5th floor restaurant under Henry Harris, followed by his appointment as head chef for Soho House, which then led to him opening the Electric Brasserie in Notting Hill. Watters’ career achievements have also included the 2012 Olympic Games, Beyoncé’s birthday bash in NYC, as well as working at Harry & Meghan’s Royal wedding last year. With all of this in mind we were very excited to see what was on offer at Oslo!
First up we chose the battered squid and the battered courgettes. Both were delicious but the squid was definitely the favourite, it came with a chilly/mayonnaise dip. The starters were filling but left enough room for the mains.
Following this we went for the signature chicken burger - simple and extremely tasty. Oslo is a definite ‘comfort’ food restaurant, which is sometimes just what you need and a rather refreshing change to the many vegan cafes and restaurants we have been frequenting.
Starter and mains were accompanied by Kombusha Teas and although the pudding menu sounded irresistible there was no room left for us to manage this time!
See below for an extract from the menu to give you an idea of what to expect:
Oslo’s new menu is dedicated to grazing, brunching and laid-back dining and features light starters and snacks, as well as Oslo’s traditional hearty weekend sharing roasts and delicious weekday dinners. The Oslo menu would not be complete without its signature burgers, as well as an indulgent new dessert menu, which includes a chocolate & Guinness cake withBaileys pouring cream.
Examples from the menu include:
• Oslo Burger chuck rib and bone marrow patty, with smoked Applewood cheddar, fat chips and pickles - £13.50
• Traditional Fish & Chips, Northern Style fresh line caught haddock, triple cooked chips, minted peas and
homemade tartare - £13.50
• Gilt-head Bream with sautéed new potatoes, spinach & wild garlic pesto - £14
• Diamond Dog Frankfurter with sauerkraut, mustard, pickles & fries - £9.50
• Butternut Squash Salad with pomegranate, herbed goats cheese, rocket & toasted pecans - £9.50
• Oslo’s Sharing Platters for 2 persons – Local charcuterie and cheese, pickles, sourdough bread and the best of local spring vegetables - £16 / Vegetarian version £14
• Sunday Roasts – 28-day aged Herefordshire beef, with Hackney Horseradish, giant Yorkshire puddings, spring vegetables and roast potatoes - £16.50 **Sunday only**
A short but strong array of delicious cocktails are curated and created by the in-house team and guests can also expect an extensive list of local craft beers and top-quality wines.
Examples from the cocktail menu include:
• Salted Caramel Martini – Vodka, Kahlua, Bauhaus Espresso Coffee & Salted Caramel Liqueur -£8
• OSLO Spritz - Italicus Rosolio Di Bergamotto, Luxardo Bitter Bianco, Pear, Ginger And Yuzu Sherbet & prosecco - £8
• Tommy’s Margarita - Ocho Blanco Tequila, Fresh Lime Juice & Agave Syrup - £8
Overall, we were very happy with our visit to Oslo, Hackney. Oslo has a warm and welcoming environment with delicious food and on certain evenings they have live music upstairs - a great place to go with a group of friends or a cosy meal for two.
◇ Thank you, Oslo! We will be back! ◇
Located in a unique redeveloped space of a railway station, the two-storey building is positioned next to Hackney Central on Amhurst Road and was built by the North London Railway Company in 1870. The high ceilings and open plan interior displays a large main bar with seating, which is surrounded by long dark oak tables, ideal for large groups. Stylish lighting fixtures appear throughout the venue and are set off by the exposed brick walls. The upstairs gig room with a 350 person capacity backs onto a private ‘Green Room,’ bar which can host up to 75 people for private parties.
www.oslohackney.com E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 020 3553 4831
OSLO 1A Amhurst Road Hackney London E8 1LL