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Eating guide to Oslo's Majorstuen. Anyone with more than a passing moment in Norway will be fully aware of the expense this country demands. Recently Oslo was rated the most expensive city in the world in 2006, ending a 14 year reign by Tokyo, and according to the Canadian bank UBS, still holds that distinction. Welcome to Schuyler's eating on the cheap in Oslo, an ongoing series. Today, we look at a couple of places in Majorstuen, a major thoroughfare for all public transportation, shopping central, and a stone's throw away from Nationaltheatret. First on the list is the Valkyrien Take-Away. Normally, I would have ignored a small house the size of a large tent in a traffic island, but I had heard there were famous burgers here, and it's small houses like these that hold some real hidden jewels. Looking forward to a good burger, I decided to hop on inside and see what I could find. This is a combo burger-kebab shop like you will see all around the city, with a single table open to diners; I arrived slightly before the other patrons, and even though I scoot over to allow them room, they preferred to remain standing. The man behind the counter understood Norwegian better than English, so customers are advised to know a couple basic words. “Bare burger” (just a burger) and “meny” (in this case, with fries and a drink). But he was happy to start up the grill he had just cleaned for me. I ordered a “Indrefilet burger” with a piece of tenderloin in place of the usual beef patty (it only comes in 100g, though the others are available in 125 and 160).

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Eating guide to Oslo's Majorstuen

Published on Thursday, 30th December, 2010 at 12:40 under the entertainment category, by Schuyler Lystad.

Anyone with more than a passing moment in Norway will be fully aware of the expense this country demands. Recently Oslo was rated the most expensive city in the world in 2006, ending a 14 year reign by Tokyo, and according to the Canadian bank UBS, still holds that distinction. Welcome to Schuyler's eating on the cheap in Oslo, an ongoing series. Today, we look at a couple of places in Majorstuen, a major thoroughfare for all public transportation, shopping central, and a stone's throw away from Nationaltheatret.

Table for one?
Table for one?
Photo: Robert S. Donovan/Flickr


First on the list is the Valkyrien Take-Away. Normally, I would have ignored a small house the size of a large tent in a traffic island, but I had heard there were famous burgers here, and it's small houses like these that hold some real hidden jewels. Looking forward to a good burger, I decided to hop on inside and see what I could find.

This is a combo burger-kebab shop like you will see all around the city, with a single table open to diners; I arrived slightly before the other patrons, and even though I scoot over to allow them room, they preferred to remain standing. The man behind the counter understood Norwegian better than English, so customers are advised to know a couple basic words. “Bare burger” (just a burger) and “meny” (in this case, with fries and a drink). But he was happy to start up the grill he had just cleaned for me. I ordered a “Indrefilet burger” with a piece of tenderloin in place of the usual beef patty (it only comes in 100g, though the others are available in 125 and 160).

I had forgotten to say no pickles, but it turns out there was enough other complimentary tastes to not make me mind them being on there, and I actually forgot. Included was chopped onion, sliced lettuce, ketchup, and kebab sauce. Truthfully, it was pretty tasty, but I had to double-check that I had the right place – the burger didn't taste particularly different from others I have had around the city from similar joints. Also, the indrefilet was a challenge to bite through, which made eating a little difficult.

All in all, if the shopping in Majorstuen has worn you out, stop by for a quick bite. Also, Frognerparken is nearby, and a great place to eat in the summer. Valkyrien Take-Away serves Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, a Hawaiburger with pineapple, a Chicken burger, and the Indrefilet, as well as some kebab options. Prices range from 49-89 for just a burger, and up to 119 for a meal, and it makes an alright on-the-go snack. But leave the “famous” burgers to the Americans, ok?

A more complete meal option is a bit further west of the metro station, down Kirkeveien, called Curry & Ketchup. When my girlfriend and I went, we needed to wait 30 minutes after ordering for our food to arrive. Presumably this was because we were the only customers present, though I know the place to be popular with students for the quality/price ratio. And indeed, the prices were quite affordable: Tikka Masala for 94, Kokos Curry for 99, and some particularly good Garlic Naan for 36. The Naan is worth getting, as it is large, fluffy, warm, and holds a hint of garlic with not too much oil, a perfect addition to an Indian meal.

Both dishes were noticeably small, but they were satisfying. We tried each other's dishes, and I preferred my curry, but she preferred her Masala (she's studied in London, so she knows her Masala). I didn't find it strong, but it had a subtler flavor, and the quality was refreshing after what can be had from stores. Still, I've also had some Tikka Masala in my day and I didn't find this one to be particularly exemplary.

My Coconut Curry was a particularly good choice, on the other hand. It was garnished with strips of coconut, the meat was tender, the sauce creamy but simple, and the rice was enough to satisfy all of the curry. The rice wasn't particularly salty, but I'm a man who prefers very salty rice.

The other dishes, including tandoori, can be served with shrimp, and there are vegetarian options as well, ranging from 80-110 or so.

Unfortunately, we had been walking all day, and when I drained my water moments after I sat down, it wasn't refilled. Also, be warned! Only cash is accepted here, for mysterious reasons. When it's difficult to get a seat, it can feel like you're blending into the many decorations, but during daytime, it can be a pleasant place to eat. Give it a look if you're in the area.



Published on Thursday, 30th December, 2010 at 12:40 under the entertainment category, by Schuyler Lystad.

This post has the following tags: majorstuen, kebab, burger, curry, oslo, eating, food, review, cheap, inexpensive, nationalteateret.





  
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