From the White Guide Nordic 2018:
- Address: Myntgata 9, 0151 Oslo
- Phone: +47 22 83 31 00
- Web: festningenrestaurant.no
- Seats: 120
- Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11 AM-10 PM, Sat noon-10 PM
Imprisoned no more
Festningen restaurant is perched on top of 700-year old walls at Akershus Castle. From this massive brick building that once housed a prison you can enjoy central Oslo’s best views. The interior of the historically protected building has been carefully refurbished to house a tasteful if somewhat corporate-looking modern restaurant with an open kitchen. If the weather allows, you can sit on the west-facing terrace looking over the sparkling fjord towards shadowy Aker Brygge. The clientele on our visit consists mostly of visiting tourists or groups of friends out for a meal. We overhear some Americans complaining about the incongruous “boom-boom music”, but the food is well worth a try. A crispy croquette of pork knuckle in a panko crust is juicy and flavourful and the rich filling is offset by a pleasantly tart salad with capers, cornichons and onions. The pan-fried cod is served with a purée of charred aubergine and a slightly undercooked cassoulet of borlotti, canneloni and fava beans. The roasted spring chicken in the form of breast and confited leg is moist yet crispy, with an additional taste of spring in the form of peas and asparagus. The same creamy mash accompanies the cod and the chicken, and both compositions are slightly heavy on the salt, but the food is generally well cooked. A white Bordeaux from the extensive wine list is a pleasant compromise to suit both dishes, suggested by the friendly sommelier. The staff are efficient and pleasant, but you need to find your own way through the self-service wardrobe and up the stairs to the restaurant. Once there, enjoy the view and be grateful that the door is unlocked and the food far more pleasant than the prison fare of yore...
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