Our visit to Maaemo was a delightful treat and well worth splashing out on. The taster menu with palate cleansers and extra treats comprised a well-composed whole, moving gradually from savory to sweet. Some of the dishes were inventive variations on locally sourced prime quality ingredients, and many of the dishes are very clearly inspired by traditional Norwegian dishes, from "matpakke" (packed lunch served on parchment paper, fun, but maybe not quite as exciting and whole lot more filling than other dishes), "rømmegrøt and spekekjøtt" (porridge cooked with sour cream served with cured meat), variation over cucumber salad (traditionally served with fatty fish, here without the fish), and a dish with Norwegian brown cheese frozen in liquid nitrogen. Elements were added or subtracted from the traditional dishes, modern techniques were applied, and it was all presented with great showmanship and visual appeal. The international staff were friendly, casual, and always attentive. After having eaten our way through the menu, we felt full and content, but not overly stuffed. The heaviest dish on the menu was the bread rolls for our "matpakke". There was very little meat, no fish, but oyster emulsion, crab and scallop on the menu when we visited. I would recommend anyone who loves inspired food tasting and great aesthetics and is ready to pay the price to visit. It is not the kind of restaurant you would want to visit too often if you want it too keep its magic, but for a treat once in a while it is exciting and fun! I hope they will manage to sustain the creativity, attract sufficient visitors and make a profit.
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