Reviewed by Jat Shah
Oslo is an exciting place situated right beside Hackney Central overground station in Zone 2. This pub/restaurant is also connected by various bus routes, and Hackney itself is a very edgy and vibrant neighbourhood to visit.
On arrival, my partner and I were greeted by a friendly waitress who showed us to our table. The table had a little blackboard placed on it with our name and booking time written with a chalk. We asked for some tap water and a different type of white wine each, which arrived promptly. The waitress brought us a jug of water with lemon and mint in it and also explained the special of the month, which was chips with various interesting flavours. One of the glasses of white wine could’ve been a bit cooler but both wines were really good.
The decor of the place is a cross between a fancy restaurant and a pub, which gives it a feel of contemporary bar full of character. The menu has extensive choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and the food menu, although not as extensive, seemed good enough to cater for all types of diners.
We ordered a main each, beer-battered fish and chips (Gamma-Ray beer battered Haddock with double-cooked chips, mushy peas and tartar sauce) and chimichurri chicken (chimichurri marinated grilled chicken supreme, served with kale and giant couscous and vegetables in a tomato sauce). The fish they serve is MSC certified and the chicken is free range. They even agreed to swap the chips with one of the special of the month chips without any hesitation. As for the taste of the food, we could not fault a thing. The fish was crispy from outside and moist inside and mushy peas were the best I’ve ever had. Even my partner who is not a fan of mushy peas, really liked them. We ordered a chocolate brownie (delicious homemade chocolate brownie served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce) to share for our dessert and it was delicious.
The toilets could have been visited a bit more frequently by the staff and the hand dryer in gents was out of action, but apart from that everything including service was very welcoming and faultless.
A glass of wine ranges between £6 and £9 depending on the size and type, and the mains are around £10 to £13.
Whether you are looking for a cosy corner table for two for an intimate dinner, sitting at the bar for a drink or two, or anything in between, I would recommend Oslo with no hesitation.
For more information, to view menus or to book a table visit www.oslohackney.com.
Oslo, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL | 020 3553 4831