Ekebergrestauranten, Oslo, 6/25/16

front of the building
front of the building

Ekeberg is a large restaurant in an old building designed by Lars Backer, that has been refurbished offering gorgeous views of the Oslo fjord and the city.  It is on a hill in a park that features statues. It was once the city’s place to hold celebrations but fell into disrepair.  It was bought and the owner wanted to turn it into a private residence but this was denied and instead the present owner restored it to its previous condition and it is once again the site for Oslo residents to hold their family celebrations. (The waitress said she had served two 100 years birthday parties this week).

entry
entry

There is an outdoor very casual dining area, the first floor that offers space for large parties and seasonal fare and the 2nd floor veranda offering fine dining and even better views. Each area has a separate kitchen. We actually saw drawings of the original structure at an art exhibit in the city and I include some of those images at the end.  We were there for lunch where they offer a la carte and a 3 course option. We chose the latter.

On the road up to restaurant
On the road up to restaurant
building
building
statue on the side
statue on the side
lounge area
lounge area
table set up
table set up
dining room
dining room
dining room
dining room
neat floor
neat floor
view from the window
view from the window
Frankie liked the views
Frankie liked the views
lunch menu
lunch menu
menu 2
menu 2
desserts
desserts
patio dining from another kitchen
patio dining from another kitchen
Frankie played with the napkin holder
Frankie played with the napkin holder

 

The meal starts with sour dough and hazelnut breads. Both were nice with a good crust and doughy interior.

bread
bread
Frankie checked out the covered butter
Frankie checked out the covered butter
wine
wine

 

The first course was a fish soup with shrimp and monkfish. It was simple and fresh with perfectly cooked seafoods. The bread was an excellent vehicle to get up the last bits of the tasty broth.

fish soup
fish soup
Frankie appreciated having grinders at the table
Frankie appreciated having grinders at the table

 

The main course was pig neck with cabbage, green beans, onion soubise and potatoes. The pork was tender and the gravy tasty. A really nice plate of traditional food done well. This is not cutting edge but solidly good food.

Pig neck with cabbage and green beans
Pig neck with cabbage and green beans
Frankie liked it
Frankie liked it

 

The dessert was a layered piece of strawberry, white chocolate and chocolate served with pineapple sorbet. The chocolate layer was nice and gooey. The pineapple seemed to be pre-scooped as it was a tad hard but still tasted very good.  Overall a tasty dessert.

Strawberry, white chocolate and chocolate dessert
Strawberry, white chocolate and chocolate dessert
another angle
another angle
Frankie offered to clean up
Frankie offered to clean up
Frankie liked the long sink
Frankie liked the long sink
drawings in the hall
drawings in the hall
drawings in the hall
drawings in the hall

 

Emilie, our wonderful waitress, sensed our interest in the building and arranged for her colleague Pedro to take us up to the roof top to appreciate the spectacular views.  It was worth the climb!

nice waitress, Emelie
nice waitress, Emelie
view from the roof
view from the roof
view from the roof
view from the roof
view from the roof
view from the roof
panorama
panorama
Pedro Lopez-Vasset, who gave us a tour of the place
Pedro Lopez-Vasset, who gave us a tour of the place

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