Waldemar Thranes Gate 10 A
0171 Oslo, Norway
+47 22 69 60 00
On our last night in Oslo, we were looking for an out of the way spot that served a norwegian style meal. Smallhans was recommended to us by a person at Ma Poule at the Mathallen. If you’re looking to be a bit adventurous and want some fantastic Norwegian food Smalhans is your place. Plus, you can avoid the tourists and eat like a local.
Located outside of the city center near St. Haushagen park, Smalhans is a 20-25 minute walk from Oslo Sentrum (the city center). The restaurant is small and very popular with locals, so reservations are a good idea.
Atmosphere & Service
Smalhans has a very cozy atmosphere, with large wooden tables. You sit in fairly close proximity to your neighbors, but not so close that you feel like you live together. If you aren’t seated immediately, there’s a nice bar that spans the front of the restaurant.
Service here was excellent. Our server was very friendly and offered great recommendations on both food and wine, along with how much food we should order. Food was paired and coursed very well, with just the right amount of time between dishes.
Food & Drink
Menus here are only in Norwegian, so unless you’re bringing a local companion, the server will be happy to translate. Billed as a Norwegian tapas style eatery, you can order plates individually, or in a “small set” consisting of 6 plates or a “large set” consisting of 9 plates.
Our group of 4 ordered two large sets and two small sets served family style. It may have been a bit much, but if you have a healthy appetite after running around Oslo all day, it should be just right. There are also a set of small appetizer items, such as mixed nuts, jalapenos, kimchi and others to get you started while you wait for your meal to begin. All of the nine courses were great. We started with a spanish meat and cheese plate, chicken pate, along with green salad. From there, we moved onto mussels, whale, potato salad, norwegian beef with parsnips followed by french cheese with fruit compote and a TDF rhubarb crumble.
They have a variety of Norwegian beers on tap, as well as a good wine list. They have a house label white and red wine which were very good. Being in Norway, expect to pay around $20 per glass for a lower end wine and about $22 per bottle of beer. Some local beers may be a bit cheaper.
Smalhans was priced well, considering that you’re dining in one, if not the most expensive city in Europe. You can expect to pay around $75-$100 per person, without alcohol or wine. You won’t leave hungry, you’ll have great food and be well taken care of.
If you’re looking to be a bit adventurous and want some fantastic Norwegian food Smalhans is your place. Plus, you can avoid the tourists and eat like a local.
Last modified: June 11, 2014