As we all know, Norway is an expensive place to eat. That is why I chose to make a reservation for lunch at Oslo's oldest restaurant. I took my husband as a Father's Day treat and it was a treat. We both ordered the fish soup ($18) as we were hesitant to go all out and try the reindeer for $38. We were so glad we did. Delicious and beautifully presented. We finished by sharing a Napoleon that was elegant, light and delicious.
Engebret Cafe has been a family-owned restaurant since 1857 and the haunt of writers, theatrical types, artists, musicians, journalists and politicians since then. This is pretty much the Sardi's of Oslo. Composer Edvard Grieg's piano stands in the corner of one dining room. Original artwork is displayed everywhere, along with memorabilia from events and individuals from as far back as 150 years ago. Plaques designate which tables were the favorite of luminaries such as writer and Nobel laureate Bjørnstjerne Bjørnsons and playwright Henrik Inbsen.
We were the only tourists in the restaurant and were given permission to wander freely and poke our noses in all of the rooms. It was a delight for people who love history, culture, and good food.