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Engebret Café, Oslo

1 Bankplassen
Norway 0151
Tel: 47 22 82 25 25's insider take:

This quaint corner restaurant is the oldest in Oslo (it opened its doors in 1857), and its private dining rooms are still decorated with caricatures of actors from the old Christiana stage, a theater that hosted plays by Ibsen, Shakespeare, and the like until it was torn down in 1889. At the turn of the 20th century, the place became a hangout for artists and writers, and a painting of Henrik Ibsen dining now hangs over the armchairs in the lounge area. In summer months, tall trees shade the outdoor seating; in winter, guests settle into upholstered chairs in the dark-wood dining room; year-round they dine on Norwegian specialties such as grilled tørrfisk, which is similar to lutefisk (the peculiar Viking favorite, dried cod soaked in lye, which is only available from late October to late December).

Open daily from 11 am to 10 pm August through June, and daily from 12 to 9 pm in July.

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