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The café at Grand Hotel was a favorite of Norwegian painter Edvard Munch and playwright Henrik Ibsen (he still has his own table). Even if absinthe-drinking anarchists and crazy artists no longer frequent the restaurant, Grand is still an important meeting place and serves a fantastic prawn sandwich. You will find Norway's largest sandwich, pastry and salad buffet here, and the à la carte menu offers a wide selection of excellent dishes.
Traditionally a meeting place for artists, it has recently become popular with a mixed crowd of musicians, bohemians, actors and students. Lorry has close to 200 different beers, a good Norwegian menu and a buzzing atmosphere. There are comfy leather sofas and the art on the wall exudes elegance. Lorry is located very close to the Royal Palace. Those wishing to combine culinary and artistic experiences will also find Kunstnernes Hus and Asur gallery nearby.
Situated in the affluent borough of Frogner, Kolonihagen is a restaurant that makes healthy food palatable to the more fussy eaters among us. This charming backyard eatery serves organic fare, and you can rest assured that all the ingredients are wholly natural, with no artificial additives. The menus change with the season, but what remains constant is a delicious three-course lunch menu, followed by Norwegian specialties from 4p, and finally a seven-course dinner menu. The family-friendly Sunday brunch is yet another drawing card,
Near the famous Holmenkollen ski jump, you will find Dem Fem Stuer. This exclusive and very Norwegian restaurant has an amazing view of Oslo. The service is distinguished and the menu offers Norwegian dishes with strong, classic roots. The three-course meal, 'A Taste of Norway', consists of the freshest seasonal Norwegian ingredients, and is worth trying. Jacket and tie are required for admission. The food is expensive, but it is worth every penny.