Oslo: 34 Restaurant and Bar

Despite how pricey I found Oslo compared to Australia, the SO insisted we have a nice dinner at a lovely restaurant, but seeing as Bubby could potentially become fussy, I was adamant we did not travel too far from the hotel. The SO had had drinks at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel’s 34 Restaurant and Bar the night before and convinced me they would be perfect.

34 Restaurant and Bar‘s restaurant section is not particularly large, but like its bar area, has a gorgeous bird’s eye view of Oslo city. We were instructed to leave the pram by the doorway and shown to a table with a simple menu to make our selections – the set meal for me and a main for the SO.

34 Restaurant and Bar

34 Restaurant and Bar

Scallops with foie gras

34 Restaurant and Bar

Duck breast on mashed potatoes, wilted cabbage in a red wine reduction

The duck breast was mouthwateringly juicy and melted in your mouth. And the red wine reduction still had the healthy tinge of alcohol and was practically a jam – thick and the shade of blackcurrant, nothing like the watery renditions many restaurant kitchens turn out.

34 Restaurant and Bar

Salmon with mashed potatoes, asparagus and carrots

My plump flavorful chunks of Norwegian salmon with adorable baby carrots, seasonal asparagus and mashed potatoes in a beurre blanc sauce might not have been a match for the duck breast on the impression front, but it still held its own with its more delicate flavours.

34 Restaurant and Bar

Rhubarb tart with salted caramel and vanilla ice-cream

By the time dessert arrived, I was too full to have another bite, so the SO dug into the rhubarb tart on his own. This was full of surprises. It arrived in a hot ceramic dish that reminded me of shakshuka eggs and the SO noted that the tart on its own was not sweet. Its sweetness came from the ice-cream and salted caramel, which you could control.

The food at 34 Restaurant and Bar was of excellent quality and the service was very polished – and thankfully close to our  hotel.


Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo
Sonja Henies plass 3
P.O. Box 9206, N-0185
Oslo, Norway
Tel: +47 22 058000