The food is delicious, and I love the way they experiment with the Scandinavian food and flavours and the way it is all presented. I must however agree with other reviewers in their request for more actual fish or meat. I have eaten on 2 and 3 Michelin starred restaurants in i.e. New York, and even with a full wine pairing and service on top, I would not have to pay the amount that you would have to pay for the "full meal" at Maaemo. Being aware that food is cheaper in NY than in Norway, the amount of actually costly dishes brought to the table at Maaemo is limited and the dish sizes are so small that even with 15 of them, I left satisfied, but not full. The main dish, and probably the reason I did not leave hungry, where two nutritious rolls with loads of lovely butter. In total butter was the main ingredient in many of the dishes. I.e. in a fantastic dessert of ice cream and three layers of "variations of butter":
Eating out on a "school night", we replaced the wine pairing with a few glasses of wine, but the waiter was really pushy in trying to convince us to have the full 10 glass wine pairing. Also when we were about to pay, the waiter suggested for us to pay a sum that was easily devided on three, and that left him with a lot of tip. "I think I have done a great job", he added. It was probably partly a joke, but he remained at the table whlist we tried to discretely discuss the bill. The service was actually quite ok, but compared to high-end restaurants in other contries, the service here was just above average, and the "pushy" style both regarding the wine and the gratuity, was inappropriate.
I hope that this restaurant take their various reviews into account, so that the full experience is worth the price, because the menu is really worth trying.
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