From the White Guide Nordic 2018:

Mares

Very Fine Level 71
Food rating:30/40Service rating:15/20
BarChambre separéeTables outsideWheelchair accessVegetarian dishes
  • Address: Skovveien 1, 0257 Oslo
  • Phone: +47 22 54 89 80
  • Web: mares.no
  • Seats: 75
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 5-12:30 PM
Mares

Cosy and elegant with flavourful fare

This all-white decorated establishment in Frogner is much cosier than first meets the eye. Beneath the somewhat formal decor we find this to be one of the most charming and inviting spots to eat in this part of Oslo. Despite its above-average pricing it has many regular costumers, like the older couple reading books and drinking champagne, with the woman’s bag dutifully placed on its own stool by the table. The service is first-rate and personal, and the dishes share some of the same qualities: composed but passionate. The homemade bread is a delight, and hints at the coastal focus of the menu. The loaf, combined with pieces of anchovies dipped in a shellfish-infused oil, rockets us off to the colourful starter with lightly smoked scallops, “Bloody Mary”-laced Avruga caviar and fluffy pillows of spinach gnocchi with a soft Taleggio sauce. We continue down this path with a halibut that sparkles with citrusy flavours and crisp fava beans, or a lightly seared piece of cod breaded in ground “clipfish” (dried and salted cod) with spelt risotto in a rich morel sauce. The desserts are equally flavourful and fun. We like the idea of white chocolate and thin slices of plum contrasted with a dollop of refreshing sake ice cream. They have a comprehensive wine list focused on France, with a large selection of decently priced champagne. Their beverage recommendations are as solid as the whole experience; this is a posh place with a huge heart...

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