Offering a raft of fish, game and livestock, in the guise of reindeer, lamb, meatballs, stews and even whalesteak, the informed visitor will find a touch of the exotic at the Nordic table, from copious breakfasts, or frokost, to hot evening meals, and a host of midday snacks in between. Another local delicacy is brunost, a slightly caramelised brown cheese that is readily available, and used in sauces or spread on bread. Potatoes are also a staple ingredient in Norway, even in alcohol, and can be thanked for the ultimate local alcoholic drink, which comes flavoured with coriander, aniseed or cumin.
And when it comes to seafood, think salmon, clams, lobster, crayfish or prawns ... and take a slight detour to the cultural town of Bergen, the second largest in Norway on the west coast. Here, the traditional fishmarket offers the freshest produce in the world, and for good reason, as Norway is the leading exporter – at least for salmon – in its clear, deep waters.
If you would like to partake in the local seafood and sip a glass of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, seek out Lofoten Fiskerestaurant in Oslo, complete with summer terrace caressing the port and bar serving pre or post dining drinks. Specialities include shellfish and seafood to stimulate the senses, with a trawl of lobster, trout, scallops, oysters and fish soups, all served with seasonal vegetables such as cauliflower, artichoke or aubergine – with an aquarium in the entrance, sea spray perfumes and its name a fitting tribute to the northern islands which have made fishing their speciality.
Stranden 75, 0250 Oslo
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