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“Off the tourist trail, worth a visit”
Review of Smalhans

Smalhans
Ranked #122 of 1,592 Restaurants in Oslo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $100
Cuisines: Norwegian, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Smalhans eatery serves the local neighborhood, an ideal place to go and meet friends, spend some valuable time with family or even relax on your own while you enjoy something good to eat and drink.Smalhans is located at the hub of Oslo city center, perfect on the way home from work for a quick bite to eat, or just relax with friends anytime.Three close friends founded Smalhans, all with experience from the esteemed Palace Grill Restaurant. Tom Victor Gausdal, Stian Floer and Anders Braathen. At the helm in the kitchen they have with them Karla Siverts while Terje Wiese steers front of house on the restaurant floor.To us Smalhans can mean many things! It can be a simple dish of the day, even to find purveyors that provide high quality produce at good value, or our effective use of raw ingredients. It can be the reuse of old materials or just seeing value in something that might otherwise be overlooked or discarded.
Reviewed July 3, 2014

We had dinner here on the recommendation of a friend living in Oslo. It's a restaurant for the locals, with menu only in Norwegian, but the staff are more than happy to translate. Pretty easy walk from centre of town. Or bus 37, 5 stops from the city centre. We chose the 3 course menu. To start, two lovely salads, one based around delicate smoked haddock, the other around peaches, greens and cherry tomatoes. With outstanding dressings, they were great. For main, we again had two dishes, haddock with a lovely creamy sauce and vegetables, and a polenta dish with speck and greens. Both were terrific. Desert was pretty ordinary-- panacotta with a couple of sliced strawberries. After 3 courses we had had sufficient--those going for the 5 course version needed big appetites. Our 3 courses were 395NOK, which was good value. A reasonable wine list is available, and the buzz in the main front room is not too loud. For something pretty local and different to the normal tourist offerings, well worth the short trip

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Reviewed June 20, 2014

This is my fourth visit. This time we were 12 in the room called The Apartment. Alas, we experienced the acoustics as maybe even worse than the main restaurant. A meal where colleagues meet to say goodbye before the holidays should be an event when we were all able to talk and hear. As was, we only succeeded with our immediate sidemates. Every time I'm there I hope there's a wooly cloth or some kind of soft material added as decorations to the walls. Not so. More than one commented on this. Otherwise, I'll go there for the rustic and local food anytime they alter the circumstances.

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Reviewed June 11, 2014

If you're looking to be a bit adventurous and want some fantastic Norwegian food Smalhans is your place. Plus, you can avoid the tourists and eat like a local.

The restaurant is small and very popular with locals, so reservations are a good idea.
Smalhans has a very cozy atmosphere, with large wooden tables. There's a nice bar that spans the front of the restaurant.

Service here was excellent. Menus here are only in Norwegian, but our server was happy to translate. Billed as a Norwegian tapas style eatery, you can order plates individually, or in a "small set" consisting of 6 plates or a "large set" consisting of 9 plates.

Our group of 4 ordered two large sets and two small sets served family style. It may have been a bit much, but if you have a healthy appetite after running around Oslo all day, it should be just right. There are also a set of small appetizer items, such as mixed nuts, jalapenos, kimchi and others to get you started while you wait for your meal to begin. All of the nine courses were great. We started with a spanish meat and cheese plate, chicken pate, along with green salad. From there, we moved onto mussels, whale, potato salad, norwegian beef with parsnips followed by french cheese with fruit compote and a TDF rhubarb crumble.

Smalhans was priced well, considering that you're dining in one, if not the most expensive city in Europe. You can expect to pay around $75-$100 per person, without alcohol or wine.

We're glad to have found this place.

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Reviewed June 2, 2014

The have a very unique menu in that you can enjoy 'shared plates'. You simply need to decide how many courses you want. The menu changes on a daily basis depending on what fresh food is in season. We had 3 courses of shared plates and it was just enough food without having too much. We had a very tasty salad plate followed by beef strips and finished off with rhubarb and strawberry soup.
The staff were very helpful and knowledgeable on the menu.
The restaurant also has some craft beers which were very nice to sample.

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Thank Trevor L
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Reviewed May 31, 2014

I liked the concept they had when I was there recently. Norwegian everyday-food served in courses. Very informal as well. The food is put on the table and you help yourself. The food varied a great deal in taste from bland to very tasty. The restaurant is reasonably priced, and surprisingly good service since the locale looks like a fighting pit full of loud norwegians. Basically the restaurant is a room in which they've put to many tables. If you've gonna go here do it on a weekday, not a weekend. You'll go deaf. PS: This is defintley not a romantic place. More like Octoberfest with course servings.

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