Steen & Strøm’s New Food Court

Enjoy

Enjoy

On of the new trends we see in Oslo is that the big malls are refurbishing and opening food courts in their lower floors. Paleet in Karl Johan did so earlier this autumn, as parts of modernizing their mall. Now Steen & Strøm in Nedre Slottsgate has done the same. While Paleet’s attempt turned out to be more of a gathering of restaurants in one floor, Steen & Strøm has actually made a food court where you can shop around and grab a table where you feel like it.

They have a total of twelve restaurants, food vendors and specialty stores at the moment, as well as a super market. Newspapers are already calling it Oslo’s third food hall, following Mathallen at Vulkan and Maschmann’s Matmarked at Skøyen. We went to test all of the places, to see if they could live up to the expectations.

Hello Good Pie

Hello Good Pie has offered their delicious sweet and savory pies at Mathallen for two years already. At Steen & Strøm they have made a beautiful new restaurant, that looks even prettier than the original. The huge glass menu on the wall with gold leaf writing is almost as inviting as the pies. Through the windows on the counter you can see the tempting pies at one end, and follow the baking process at the other end.

Pork, beef and ratatouille are offered at 89/95 NOK if you just need a snack, and in a bigger size with condiments for 149 NOK to enjoy as dinner. Dessert pies with lemon meringue, chocolate and peanuts, apple crumble and pumpkin and caramel are 64/70 NOK. All in all we find this a good value for money place, especially considering the quality of the ingredients and the love that goes into making each and every one of them.

Lemon meringue, pumpkin pie with caramel cream and chocolate & peanut pie.

Lemon meringue, pumpkin pie with caramel cream and chocolate & peanut pie.

Gold leaf on glass! Beautiful

Gold leaf on glass! Beautiful

Cordelia pressing the pie doughs into their forms.

Cordelia pressing the pie doughs into their forms.

Baked with love

Baked with love

Just like home made pies

Just like home made pies

Burrito Project

Burrito Project immediately caught our attention on our first visit to the food court last week – before everything was opened as scheduled. They offered some samples of their slow cooked Josper grilled meat and it tasted really good. The concept reminds us of the high quality fast food chain Chipotle, which is found everywhere in North-America and has reached some major cities of Europe as well. Turns out this place is run by Oslo-based New Yorkers, so maybe that is where they got their inspiration.

Burritos are filled with either rice or beans and then a choice of Josper grilled vegetables (NOK 83), chicken (NOK 95), pulled pork (NOK 118)  or entrecôte (NOK 145). The remaining condiments are all included, except for guacamole which costs and additional NOK 23. Condiments include salad, pickled red onions, corn, cheese, different salsas and fresh coriander. You decide what to put on.

The meat still tasted good, but not as good as the samples we got the other day. Could it be because they store the meat in open air and it had gone cold? The salsas were a little runny, and the girl serving us was rather cheap on the guacamole we paid NOK 23 extra for. We got maybe a tablespoon or so per burrito, and thus the flavor disappeared almost entirely. Overall it tasted quite good, though, and we will return to to test some more later.

Burrito
Entrecôte burrito with "everything" except rice.

Entrecôte burrito with “everything” except rice.

Hipsters

Final touches to the walls still being done.

Final touches to the walls still being done.

Mamma Pizza

This place, run by Italians, is the second location to open after getting a decent reputation at their main store in Dronningens gate just a few blocks east of Steen & Strøm. They offer pizza by the slice “Rome style” as well as traditional round pies with thin crust. We tested the oxtail ragu and tuna by the slice. The oxtail ragu was really good, just look how tempting it looks on the picture below. The tuna was not so good, but that was probably due to our preferences or being overshadowed by the much tastier ragu.
Oxtail ragu

Oxtail ragu

Mamma pizza

Summerbird

Summerbird has had countless of pop-ups at Steen & Strøm recently. As such it was no surprise to see that they now opened their own store here. Gutta på Haugen has always been our go-to-place to get our Danish delights, but it is welcoming that Summerbird now have their own shop as well. Here you get amazing “flødeboller” with marzipan bottoms – we especially recommend the Christmas edition! Their chocolate coated almonds rolled in different flavors like lemon and chamomile or raspberry are highly addictive! Not to mention truffles filled with passion fruit caramel. Don’t believe us? They are always generous on store samples, so go have a taste. If you want the Danish Christmas spirit to last all of December you should get their Advent Calendar just like we have.

Everything is organic! All ingredients are of the highest quality. We have heard rumors that these crazy Danes went hunting for organic oranges in Italy. They found their perfect tasting orange, but the farm was not run organic. The farmer refused to facilitate for organic operation. Summerbird called him every Thursday for two years, and even went to visit him again several times. Until he gave up! Today he delivers the perfect oranges as they wished for, and he thanks them for convincing him to do it organic.

Summerbird
Flødeboller
Chocolate

Lakrids by Johan Bülow

Johan Bülow is “Lakridskongen”. The young Danish entrepreneur that started to make liquorice in his home kitchen just a few years back, and now runs a highly successful company of more than 100 employees in over 20 countries. Just like Summerbird, this place is generous on samples, and they will gladly help you to discover your favorite. We don’t really like liquorice as much, neither of us, but we have to admit – this is something else! Who knows, maybe next year we will have the Advent Calendar from Lakrids?
Lakrids
Johan Bülow
Gold lakrids

Sebastien Bruno

We already know Sebastien Bruno from their flagship store in Frognerveien and the temptations that meets you as soon as you enter Mathallen at Vulkan. This is truly one of the best macaroon makers in town! Try the olive oil and basil flavored macaroon, or if you want something seasonal how about rhubarb with cinnamon or milk chocolate and mandarin? Do not miss the roasted and caramelized pistachios coated in chocolate either!
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Sebastien Bruno

A.C. Perch’s Thehandel

Yet another Danish store! We know this as our favorite Copenhagen tea store, and now we are lucky to have one in Oslo too. They offer teas in every imaginable flavor and combination, and just look at how charming and welcoming the store is to visit.
Thehandel
A.C. Perch's

Olive Tree

Olive Tree has a vast variety of olive oils offered in lovely, hand crafted and painted bottles. However, when it comes to olive oil the flavor is definitely more important than the design. Is this as good as the olive oils we usually get from Gutta på Haugen or Oliviers & Co? The samples we tasted did not convince us, but we will have to try more varieties another time.
Olive Tree
Olive Oil

What’s Soup

Apparently inspired by the Soup Nazi from the classic Seinfeld episode, What’s Soup serves a selection of different soups and stews. On the menu at the moment is Dal – Indian lentil soup (NOK 89), cauliflower soup (NOK 89), chili con carne (NOK 109) and “pinnekjøtt”soup (NOK 109).

We took no chances and followed the correct procedures: “As you walk in the place move immediately to your right,  keep the line moving, hold out your money, speak your soup in a loud, clear voice, step to the left and receive. Do not to embellish on your order. No  extraneous comments. No questions. No compliments.”

The soups were ok, especially the Dal tasted quite good. The “Pinnekjøtt”soup is a little boring. If you add that it is priced at NOK 109 and leaves you less than full even for lunch – it doesn’t really work so well. Nothing here that screams of legend status as far as flavors are concerned. I guess we’ll come back – one year.

What's Soup

Jonathan Sushi

Jonathan did not offer any samples or ways to test their menu without buying a full meal. As this was our last stop of the tour, we did not buy the sushi this day. Sorry Jonathan, no preview – no review.
Jonathan Sushi
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Cocktails

Opp trappa og inn ei dør. I andre etasje på Tranen. Benjamin Lee og Anders Bakke mixer sexy cocktails med syke navn. Hva med en “The Curious Case of Benjamin’s Butthole”?

Inngangssummen du må betale er potensielt lang ventetid på bord (lokalet er lite og folk blir gjerne en stund når de først har kommet inn), og en litt ovenfra-og-ned-holdning fra dørvakta. Om du har tid og tålmodighet og er villig til å ignorere attityden så er det verdt det.

Lokalene er som tatt ut av en Kaizers Orchestra-låt. Dunkel belysning. Rødmønstret tapet. Tøylamper i taket. Malerier fra et annet århundre. Bartenderne og servitørene er passelig antrukket med skjorter, slips, bukseseler og tykke arbeidsforklær i skinn.

Lamper

Det er anbefalt å takke ja til en snitt (0,25l øl) mens man venter på cocktailen, for den kan ta litt tid. Som det gjerne gjør på en god cocktailbar hvor mange ingredienser skal blandes, ristes og røres. Men ventetiden er overraskende kort sett opp mot håndtverket man får servert.

Mot slutten av kvelden ba vi om de mest “eyecatching” drinkene de kunne mikse til oss. Utfordringen ble tatt og vi fikk blant annet servert en cocktail i en kolbe pakket i kaffeinfusert papir (papir vakuumert sammen med malt kaffe). Det luktet fantastisk og smakene stod ikke tilbake for utseendet.

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Magnus og Odd Steinar

De gamle lokalene til Bagel & Juice på Grünerløkka er bygget om til en kaffebar. Interiøret er enkelt. Noen trebord og stoler er spikret sammen. På en hylle står en platespiller, Tanderg-høytalere, en NAD-forsterker og en globus. I taket henger rustikke, grønnrustne lamper som setter stemningen. Bakre del av lokalet er foreløpig ubrukt. Planen er å få en kaffebrenner her etter hvert, i tillegg til brenneren i produksjonslokalet utenfor byen.

Interiøret

Bak disken står Magnus Lindskog og Odd Steinar Tollefsen. Ikke bare er de lidenskapelig opptatt av kaffe og svært kunnskapsrike på feltet – men de deler også villig av sin viten. På menyen er alt av espressovarianter og ellers er spesialiteten håndbrygg på V60. Om sommeren er det også verdt å prøve ut en “satans god iskaffe”. Forskjellen fra det meste (alt?) annet av kaffebarer er at Supreme Roastworks (SRW) bruker samme brenningsgrad på kaffebønnene som brukes både til espresso og andre bryggemetoder. SRW er opptatt av å finne den brenningsgraden som passer hver individuell kaffetype best. Det vanlige andre steder er å brenne mørkere til espresso. En annen av spesialitetene her er at mange av kaffevariantene er bærtørket, som gir en søtere og mer fruktig smak. Det eksperimenteres også med slike kaffetyper til espresso.

Peaberry (fra Wikipedia): Peaberry, also known as caracoli, is a type of coffee bean. Normally the fruit ("cherry") of the coffee plant contains two seeds ("beans") that develop with flattened facing sides, but sometimes only one of the two seeds is fertilized, and the single seed develops with nothing to flatten it. This oval (or pea-shaped) bean is known as peaberry. Typically around 5% of all coffee beans harvested are of this form.

Peaberry (fra Wikipedia): Peaberry, also known as caracoli, is a type of coffee bean. Normally the fruit (“cherry”) of the coffee plant contains two seeds (“beans”) that develop with flattened facing sides, but sometimes only one of the two seeds is fertilized, and the single seed develops with nothing to flatten it. This oval (or pea-shaped) bean is known as peaberry. Typically around 5% of all coffee beans harvested are of this form.

SRW er foreløpig i toppsjiktet av kaffetilbydere i Oslo fordi det er de dedikerte gründerne som står bak disken. Det blir spennende å se, etter hvert som det utvides med flere ansatte, om de klarer det samme kunststykket som Tim Wendelboe har gjort. Hos Tim får man samme kvalitet på brygget uansett hvem av baristaene som er på jobb. Jeg håper Magnus stiller harde krav til disiplene sine.

Oslos beste kaffebarer etter min mening. De to blåmarkerte, Tim Wendelboe og Supreme Roastworks, er i en særklasse pga utrolig jevn kvalitet over hver servering.

Historien

Mikrobrenneriet SRW har eksistert i mange år. Først i en garasje på Torshov. I dag brenner Joar Christoffersen all kaffen på Andebu, mens Magnus driver den relativt nyåpnede kaffebaren med gode medhjelpere. SRW leverer også kaffe til mange av de beste restaurantene og kaféene i Oslo.

Nevnt av New York Times-journalist Oliver Strand som en av Oslos beste mikrobrenneri (den gang hadde de ikke eget utsalgssted). Les hele artikkelen her: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/20/ristretto-coffee-in-oslo/?_r=0

Besøk hjemmesiden deres her: http://www.supremeroastworks.no/

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