I was in Oslo because I was performing in Eurovision. It was May 2010. I was performing with Juliana Pasha of Albania and the entire delegation was invited to dine here. Since that evening, I have always said that the best steak I have ever had was here. I didn't remember the name until I found the business card just yesterday, so I had to finally write the review I had been wanting to write for 3 years.
Our meal was a fixed menu that began with a seagull mouse. It tasted like seafood. The owner explained that was due to the fact that seagulls only eat seafood. It was delicate and delicious. Of course, in three years, I have forgotten most of what we had, but one thing is still crystal clear, the steak.
We were each served a filet that looked rare. I am not a fan of rare meat and only recently have moved from eating it medium-cooked to medium-rare, but rare is usually too bloody for me. However, I will always try it first.
I took one bite and immediately felt compelled to ask what kind of meat it was. I thought perhaps it was venison, particularly reindeer, which was easily found in Norway. The owner informed me that it was beef. I was shocked at how absolutely tender it was. It melted in my mouth. Although it was rare, no blood oozed from it whatsoever. It was as if the blood had solidified. I asked about this and the owner explained that they steam the meat for an instant, then sear it on both sides. The steaming solidifies the blood, so it doesn't ooze out, yet remaining rare.
I have had steak all over the world and although I'm sure that excellent quality beef exists in many places, it is the method of cooking that made all the difference here.
The restaurant is elegant and the staff were top notch. We were offered various meals in Oslo during our stay but only this place is still memorable.
Thank you D/S Louise for one of the best meals in my life!
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