food + drink Hackney Central

Nordic restaurant buzzing with atmosphere, E8

OSLO

Situated underneath Hackney Central Station on a site that was the original Victorian station, the building has undergone various transformations over the years – it was a greengrocers when I first moved to E8 way back when. Oslo occupies this huge space with such panache and assurance, it feels like it was always destined to be there. Restaurant, bar and venue, the place was packed to the rafters when we arrived one particularly wintry Sunday evening. The buzzing atmosphere, welcoming Nordic aesthetic, and a pint each of the eminently quaffable house lager soon warmed us up, in preparation for what turned out to be a veritable feast (if you like your portions small and delicate, then perhaps this isn’t the place for you, but, being a rather greedy pair, it suited us just fine).  Transitioning from beer to wine, a fragrant bottle of Picpoul in fact, we munched on incredibly crispy sweet potato fries and excellent crunchy squid while waiting for the main event, a Sunday roast with all the trimmings. And boy, they did not disappoint, with our plates arriving laden with half a chicken in my case and ridiculously thick slabs of roast beef for my companion, and both accompanied by roasted parsnips, potatoes cooked in goose fat, heritage carrots, kale and topped off with one of the biggest Yorkshire puddings I’ve ever seen. Desperate Dan eat your heart out, because we most certainly did.
1A , Amhurst Road E8 1LL
oslohackney.com

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