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Top budget restaurants in Oslo

Want to eat out without breaking the bank? There are plenty of good options for budget-conscious travellers in Oslo. Most of them you will find in the east of the city, but not exclusively, says our travel editor Marie Peyre.

Top budget restaurants in Oslo
Oslo's Mathallen, where the Ma Poule restaurant can be found. Photo: Finn Ståle Felberg/Mathallen

Punjab Tandoori
This popular Indian restaurant in Grønland was one of the first to open in Oslo back in 1990, and it is still going strong. Here you will find authentic Punjab food at bargain prices, with mains starting at 80kr. Their naan bread is legendary. Queues are not unusual, so just don't expect to linger once you have finished your meal. 

Freddy Fuego
An informal burrito bar with long tables to eat out with friends before a night out on the town, rather than a romantic dinner with a date. But the food here packs a punch. Each burrito is freshly made to order with your choice of meat, salsa and extras. Walks-ins only. 


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Krishna's Cuisine
Located in the Colosseum Centre in Majorstua, this long standing restaurant serves good vegetarian food, with vegan alternatives too. Soup of the day, served with rice or pappadum, costs 90kr. Big salad 100kr. Lunch plate 120kr. The dish of the day costs 150kr, and comes with a free refill, should you still be hungry. Closing time is 8pm. 

Hai Café
Classics such as Vietnamese spring rolls, pho and bánh mì make up the bulk of the menu here, and that's really what most people order. With its relaxed vibe, Hai Café is great for a late lunch or early dinner. Prices are a steal too. The best of several Vietnamese restaurants in the Torggata area.

Hell's Kitchen
The competition has heated up in recent years for the title of best pizza in town, but this small place near Youngstorget is still my favourite. Cool American-style booths, a good selection of beers, and fab pizzas with generous toppings and a crusty thin base Mamma would approve of.

Munchies
In the mood for a burger? Check out Munchies. The menu is short and sweet, with six burgers to choose from, four of them under 100kr. A bargain in Oslo. You can customize your order with sauces like mango curry, jalapeño, BBQ or aioli. Open late. 

 

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Ma Poule
Located inside Mathallen (literally, 'the food hall') in Vulkan, Ma Poule is one of several joints offering a small selection of dishes at reasonable prices, like their best-selling duck confit sandwich for under 100kr. The chicken sandwich at Stangeriet next door is also good. 

Meatballs
Opened in June 2016, this restaurant in Hausmanns gate is Oslo's first meatball-joint. Beef, pork, chicken, veggie, all the 'meatballs' here are handmade on the premises, and served with tasty sauces and sides. The meat comes from the best local suppliers, with traceable origin. Three-balls combo for 97kr.

Izakaya
What it lacks in size, Izakaya makes up for in taste. The food comes in small portions, and is complemented with an impressive selection of sakes and Japanese beers. Friendly service and cosy atmosphere. Be there when they open at 5pm to secure a table, or be prepared to wait as this place is popular. Open until 1am. 

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Where are Norway’s Michelin star restaurants?

Norway is home to four new Michelin-starred restaurants following the recent publication of the Nordic Countries Guide for 2022. These are all the Norwegian restaurants to receive a star in the Michelin Guide. 

Where are Norway’s Michelin star restaurants?

Four new Norwegian restaurants received Michelin stars when the Nordic Countries Guide for 2022 was published this week. 

Scandinavia’s cooking elite gathered in Stavanger on Monday to award this year’s stars and individual honours for chefs in the Nordics. 

Three of the new stars awarded were given to restaurants in Oslo, while the other star was given to an eatery in Bergen, taking the number of Michelin-starred restaurants in the city on Norway’s west coast to two. 

One of the newcomers, Hot Shop, named after the former sex shop the building used to house, is located on Københavngata street in east Oslo. The canteen-style bistro serves tasting menus based on seasonal, local ingredients, which the Michelin Guide describes as “elegant, vibrant and technically adept, with delicate touches and real depth of flavour”. 

Schlägergården in Lilleaker, on the eastern outskirts of Oslo, was also awarded its first star. However, it was the fourth time restaurant manager Bjørn Svensson had received a star for one of his restaurants. The restaurant is in a converted 18th-century farmhouse with a set menu consisting of local produce, some foraged, grown, or preserved by the eatery’s staff. 

Michelin describes the food there as “pure, expertly crafted dishes which have bold, emotive flavours”.

Located right on the border of Grünerløkka and St. Hanshaugen in central Oslo is Hyde, the third restaurant in the capital to receive its first Michelin star this year. The guide credits the service and “laid-back, lively atmosphere” as major pulls for the restaurants.

Over on Norway’s west coast, Lysverket in Bergen was awarded a Michelin star. The eatery serves up creative, modern takes on Norwegian dishes accompanied by craft cocktails. The restaurant is housed in an art museum with the menus showcasing “intelligently crafted, balanced dishes”. 

The other restaurant in Oslo, boasting a glowing review from the Michelin guide, was Maaemo, which retained its three Michelin star status. The new Nordic cuisine behemoth focused on organic and biodynamic produce is located in the heart of Oslo on Dronning Eufamas gate street.

A few other chefs and restaurants received accolades at this year’s presentation. Heidi Bjerkan took home two awards, the first for excellent service at her sustainable Michelin-starred restaurant Credo. One of her other restaurants, Jossa Mat og Drikke, won a green star, given to eatery’s that excel in sustainable operations. 

A Norwegian, Jimmy Øien, scooped the award for the best young chef. Øien is the chef at Rest located on Kirkegat in Central Oslo and holds a green star for sustainable practices. The menu heavily emphasises using imperfect produce, which other places may otherwise discard. 

Several restaurants also retained their status. Renaa, with its kitchen located in the heart of the restaurant, has two Michelin stars and is commended by the guide for the quality of its Norwegian seafood dishes and the bread it produces at a nearby bakery. 

The 2022 guide also includes Kontrast (Oslo), Statholdergaarden (Oslo) , Under (Lindesnes), the biggest underwater restaurant in the world, Sabi Omakase (Stavanger), Bare (Bergen), FAGN (Trondheim), Credo (Trondheim) and Speilsalen (Trondheim), which all have one Michelin star.

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